If previous work translates data into experiential visual forms, Maxima Minima presents a terser or minimal set of approaches. By materializing the entire data set used in The Northern Polar Studies as print-outs, the installation lays bare scientific data to public scrutiny and navigation. Maxima-Minima reminds us that data is always situated and embodied in contextual, discursive and material practices that exceed a technical base. Site in this context is reimagined as a process of knowledge production that is often contested by powerful corporate and political forces.
The Northern Polar Studies and Maxima-Minima has benefitted from the scientific knowledge, wisdom and generosity of Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Professor Mike Meredith and Pete Bucktrout from the British Antarctic Survey, and Nathan Cunningham from the UK Data Archive. We also thank the ongoing support for this project provided in various guises by Arts Council England, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and the University of Westminster.
The data derives from simulations of Sea Ice Age developed by the University of Colorado Boulder:
Tschudi, M., C. Fowler, J. Maslanik, J. S. Stewart, and W. Meier. 2016. EASE-Grid Sea Ice Age, 1984-2012. Boulder, Colorado USA: NASA National Snow and Ice Data Center Distributed Active Archive Center. http://dx.doi.org/10.5067/PFSVFZA9Y85G. Accessed June, 2015.