Eclipse (2011)

Eclipse, explores the politics of pollution, the myth of wilderness, and the surplus of online information generated by social networking sites. Commissioned by

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In 2008, Boston-based nonprofit New Radio & Performing Arts commissioned ecoarttech to create a new internet-based work for its collection housed at, an esteemed center for net art funded by prominent foundations, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Jerome Foundation, and the Murray G. and Beatrice H. Sherman Charitable Trust. “Eclipse” investigates the intertwined effects of the politics of pollution, the myth of wilderness, and the surplus of online information on the environmental imagination. As a user-driven web application, “Eclipse” data-scrapes U.S. national park images from and visually corrupts them with an algorithm that interprets each park’s real-time Air Quality Index data provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In making abstract environmental data tangible to the eye while also using the distinctive features of new social networking sites toward an artistic end, “Eclipse” attracted widespread critical attention from art critics, eco-critics, and science writers, as the names of three of the periodicals that reviewed it attest: Public Art Review, Oceanography, and American Scientist.

See the slideshow of works at for images of Eclipse exhibited as an installation.

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  • Year Created: 2011
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Wednesday Oct 19th, 2011
  • Original Url:
  • Work Credits:
    • Leila Nadir, co-creator
    • Cary Peppermint, co-creator
  • Collective: ecoarttech
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