Environmental Risk Assessment Rover-AT (2011)

ERAR–AT is a mobile, solar- and GPS-powered, networked video installation that will accumulate and aggregate the environmental threats and risks faced by the population in its immediate location. ERAR-AT performs the difficulty of perceiving, evaluating, and understanding risk scenarios and presents an assessment of its given locale by producing a unique fourteen-tiered threat level embedded live within video projections onto local natural and architectural surfaces.

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This project was originally created for the Neuberger Museum of Art exhibition, “Off the Grid,” curated by Jacqueline Shilkoff, Neuberger’s Associate Curator for New Media and the Digital Museum, and Galen Joseph-Hunter, executive director of the arts organization free103point9. “ERAR-AT,” is a mobile (all-terrain), solar- and GPS-powered, networked video installation that accumulates and aggregates environmental threats and risks faced by the population in its immediate location, providing data such as the following: proximity to the closest superfund sites, nuclear power plant, and local agribusinesses; local crime statistics; the government-issued terror alert; the names of the 148 industrial chemicals proven to be stored in every American human body; and the synthetic hormones and antibiotics in FDA-approved dairy products as well as the chemicals in brand-name toothpaste; and local pollution levels. Drawing on the work of contemporary risk theorists, such as Ulrich Beck, “ERAR-AT” performs the difficulty of perceiving, evaluating, and understanding risk scenarios and presents its assessment of the threats facing its location by producing a unique fourteen-tiered threat level embedded live within video projections onto local natural and architectural surfaces. A 2010 article in Leonardo, the leading journal on arts, science, and technology published by MIT Press, described this artwork as an “open-ended assemblage” for creating open-ended a dialogue that treats the viewer not as a consumer but rather as a discussant in the complex question of why modernity, which was supposed to create a more secure society, has produced a proliferation of risks and anxieties. In 2011, free103point9 director Galen Joseph-Hunter included ERAR-AT in her "Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves" (PAJ Publications), which brings together a genealogy of 150 artists and artworks from 1921 to the present that encompasses performance, video, radio theater, sound art, media installation, networked art, and acoustic ecology. For more info about "Transmission Arts: Artists and Airwaves," visiti http://www.hass.rpi.edu/pl/news-s17/transmission-arts-artists-airwaves-book-launch.

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  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday Oct 19th, 2011
  • Original Url: http://www.ecoarttech.net/erar/index.html
  • Work Credits:
    • Leila Nadir, co-creator
    • Cary Peppermint, co-creator
  • Collective: ecoarttech
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