First Friday: Who Owns the Air? Emissions Trading and Contemporary Media Art

Andrea Polli's Cloud Car

Artist Andrea Polli's "Cloud Car," courtesy of the artist.

Date: April 1, 2011
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free

The accelerating crisis in climate change, and the realization that humans are its primary cause, raises questions about ownership and responsibility. Who owns the crisis, and who is responsible for mitigating and, if possible, reversing it?  

The market solution to the problem of rising CO2—in essence, the idea of selling the atmosphere—has historical predecessors in rights of the airwaves and noise-control regulations. Andrea Polli's art explores the idea of selling air from an aesthetic perspective. 


A continuous loop of short videos created by Polli will be shown throughout the evening, and a CHF staff member will be available to informally discuss Polli's work.

Join us in the museum from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. for the unveiling of brand-new artwork from Wasabi 3D, created exclusively for the Philadelphia Science Festival.

CHF's newest exhibit, Elemental Matters: Artists Imagine Chemistry, will be on display. CHF's permanent exhibit, Making Modernity, will also be open for viewing.

About First Fridays

CHF joins over 40 Old City museums, galleries, and shops in opening its doors from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. for First Friday. Learn more about First Fridays in Philadelphia's Old City Arts District.

About Andrea Polli

Andrea Polli is a digital media artist living in New Mexico. Her work with science, technology, and media has been presented in exhibitions and performances internationally, and she has been recognized by numerous grants, residencies, and awards, including an NYFA Artist's Fellowship, the Fulbright Specialist Award, and the UNESCO Digital Arts Award. Polli currently works in collaboration with atmospheric scientists to develop systems that provide an understanding of storm and climate through sound.  


Elemental Matters is generously supported by Kathryn Hach-Darrow.

Celebrate IYC 2011

Elemental Matters will be on display throughout the International Year of Chemistry (IYC2011), a worldwide celebration of chemistry and its contributions to the well-being of humankind. 

Learn more about CHF's plans for a year's worth of activities that tell the story of chemistry at



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