FIELD NOTES: OMEGA BLOCK I : Lecture at the Haldman Center at Dartmouth College

6 February 2017

The Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding is honored to welcome artist Justin Brice Guariglia to campus for a public talk and exhibit of his remarkable images from the Arctic, on display in the Russo Gallery of the Haldeman Center, February 6 - March 15, 2017.  

In 2015 Guariglia began collaborating with NASA as an artist, flying a series of missions with them to make images of rapidly changing glacial land and sea ice on and around Greenland to use as source material in his work, along with working with the scientists to develop a greater understanding of human impact on the ice. Guariglia coined and trademarked[2] the term "Plasticene™ printing" in 2016, whereby a plastic-like hyperarchival acrylic polymer ink is laid down in multiple layers, which enters itself into the fossil record upon production, due to the long half-life of the material. Occasionally Guariglia will layer the ink so thick that it forms a 3-D image. The name Plasticene is a nickname for the Anthropocene due to the large amounts of plastic in the fossil record of the Anthropocene.

On August 29, 2016 in commemoration of the International Geological Congress voting 30 to 3 in favor of formally designating the Anthropocene, the artist had NASA’s GISTEMP (global temperature anomalies 5-year mean) index tattooed onto his arm, on the day of the announcement.

In September 2016, NASA announced a collaboration between Guariglia and the agency, making him the first artist to be embedded in a NASA science mission.[3] Guariglia will be embedded in the Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission at NASA/JPL through 2020 working closely with NASA/JPL OMG Principle Investigator, Josh Willis Ph.D. 

Sponsored by the Institute of Arctic Studies at the Dickey Center for International Understanding.