Headlands Center for the Arts

Thematic Residency on Climate Change

Structured to address four key themes—collaboration, adaptation, mitigation, and equity—Headlands’ inaugural Thematic Residency on Climate Change gathered climate scientists and multi-disciplinary artists to collaborate on projects and think through how to represent the effects and challenges of climate change through art, science, writing, advocacy, and other projects as determined by their interactions.


James Arnott

James Arnott is the associate director of the Aspen Global Change Institute and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Michigan. His expertise is on the interface between science, policy, and practice with a focus on climate change impacts, adaptation, vulnerability, and resilience. At AGCI, James manages the Institute’s suite of global change science and outreach activities, including an annual interdisciplinary workshop series and various place-based and collaborative research projects. At the University of Michigan, James is completing a dissertation entitled, Accelerating the Usability of Global Change Research. In 2011, James was awarded the McCloy Fellowship in Environmental Policy. James received a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Principia College.

Shahzeen Attari

Shahzeen Attari’s research focuses on the psychology of resource use. Her work has strong links to both cognitive and environmental science, and focuses on perceptions, motivations, and biases of how people understand complex systems and use natural resources. She has studied how people estimate energy and water use and her current research investigates water systems thinking, how to use games for research and learning, ad hominem attacks on climate change researchers, and methods to correct misperceptions of natural resource use. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University Bloomington. 

Adriane Colburn

Adriane Colburn is an artist based in San Francisco; Athens, Georgia; and Vermont. She has exhibited her work throughout the US and internationally, at venues such as The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; Artsterium in the Republic of Georgia; Parsons, New School in New York; and at the Royal Academy of Art in London. To support her work, she has participated in expeditions to remote parts of the planet-traveling to the Andes and Amazon with Cape Farewell in 2009, to the Arctic Ocean on scientific research expeditions and most recently sailing from Barbados to French Guyana on a research vessel. Adriane’s recent work consists of large-scale installations (comprised of layers of hand cut paper, digital prints and projected light) that investigate the complex relationships between human infrastructure, earth systems, technology and the natural world. These works, derived from scientific data, images and video collected through research and while participating in scientific expeditions, look at how mapping is used to investigate fragile and inaccessible ecosystems along the edges of the Earth’s last vestiges of wilderness.

Sofía Córdova

Sofía Córdova received her BFA from St. John’s University in New York in 2006, and her MFA from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco in 2010. She also completed the one year certificate program at the International Center for Photography in New York in 2006. She has performed at SFMOMA, SOMArts and Galeria De La Raza among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, Southern Exposure and The International Center of Photography. She was awarded the 2014 Kala Fellowship and has recently participated in a residencies at the Bay Area Video Coalition in San Francisco, Arteles in Finland and ACRE in Wisconsin. Her work is part of Pier 24’s permanent collection.

Mark Decena

Mark Decena is a writer, director and producer of feature films, television programming, web films, and branded content. A three time Sundance alumni, Mark’s first feature, Dopamine won the Alfred P. Sloan Prize. Decena’s documentary work spans across themes of social justice, sustainable design and the environment. He wrote and directed the Redford Center film, Watershed, and was a writer and producer onStand Up Planet, a Gates funded project currently on air on Participant Media’s channel, Pivot. His latest film, Not Without Us, premiered as the closing night film at the S.F. Green Film Festival and is currently running the festival circuit. Mark is also the founder of Kontent, a boutique production company based in San Francisco, housing a Kollective of award winning filmmakers, as well as producers and creatives.

Ellie Irons

Ellie Irons an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. She works in a variety of media, from walks to WIFI to gardening, to reveal how human and nonhuman lives intertwine with other earth systems. Recently she has been an artist in residence at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, the Institute for Electronic Arts at Alfred University and the SVA Nature and Tech Lab. Recent exhibition venues include Wave Hill, the Queens Botanical Garden, Pioneer Works and the Center for Strategic Art and Agriculture in New York City, and Flora Arts and Nature in Bogotá, Colombia. Her garden projects have been featured at Sure We Can, a redemption center in Bushwick, 1067 PacificPeople, an art center in Crown Heights, and the Gallery at Industry City as part the Brooklyn Rail’s exhibition Social Ecologies. Her recent writing is published in Temporary Art Review, The Brooklyn Rail and Landscape Architecture Futures, and her tours have been presented by Chance Ecologies, Genspace, and Atlas Obscura. She is supported by a 2015 NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Work and a 2015 Turbulence Commission for networked art practice. Irons teaches part

Emily Johnson

Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. A Bessie Award winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow, and 2014 Doris Duke Artist she is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota and New York City. Originally from Alaska, she is of Yup’ik descent and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. Her dances function as installations, engaging audiences within and through a space and environment—interacting with a place’s architecture, history, and role in community.

Andrew Jones

Andrew Jones is Deputy Director of the Climate Readiness Institute and a research scientist in the Climate and Ecosystem Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he leads the Society and Integrated Earth Systems Program Domain. His research uses quantitative Earth system science tools – computer models, statistics, etc. – to gain insight into how humans affect the climate and vice versa. Dr. Jones is currently leading a project to examine how climate change will interact with urban heat islands in the Bay Area to alter the frequency of extreme heat events. He has participated as science advisor for two science-art collaborations: The Climate Music Project, which engages audiences by using music as an analogy for climate data, and the Fog Beast production of Change, a dance-theater piece exploring the personal, scientific, and psychological dimensions of local climate change. Dr. Jones is passionate about engaging the public, especially young people, to tell the story of climate change in ways that inspire agency and action. He holds an interdisciplinary doctorate from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley.

Miriam Simun

Miriam Simun is a research-based artist investigating the implications of socio-technical and environmental change. Simun’s work has been presented internationally, including the New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, The Contemporary, Robert Rauschenberg Project Space, DeutscheBank Kunsthalle and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. She has received awards from Creative Capital, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and her work has been recognized internationally in publications including the BBC, The New York Times, The New Yorker, CBC, MTV, Forbes, Art21 and ARTNews. Simun holds a BSc from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an MPS from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.

Jalonne White-Newsome

Jalonne White-Newsome is senior program officer at The Kresge Foundation, responsible for the Environment Program’s grant portfolio on sustainable water resources management in a changing climate. Jalonne also leads the foundation’s work addressing the intersection of climate change and public health. Before joining Kresge in early 2016, Jalonne served as director of federal policy at West Harlem Environmental Action Inc. (WE ACT), where she was involved with leading national campaigns and a 42-member national coalition of environmental justice organizations. Her work helped ensure that the concerns of low-income communities of color were integrated into federal policy, particularly on clean air, climate change and health issues. She is a lecturer at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an adjunct professor at Kettering University in Flint, Michigan. She continues to engage in research on climate, health and equity. A native of Detroit, Jalonne earned a Ph.D. in environmental health sciences from the University of Michigan School of Public Health; a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Southern Methodist University; and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Northwestern University. She currently serves on the board of US Climate Action Network and was recognized by Grist Magazine as “The 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016.”

Pinar Yoldas

Pinar Yoldas is a cross-disciplinary artist/researcher based in Durham, North Carolina. Her work develops within biological sciences through architectural installations, kinetic sculpture, sound, video and drawing with a focus on post-humanism, eco-nihilism, anthropocene and feminist technoscience. Her solo shows include AlterEvolution, Ekavart, Istanbul (2013), An Ecosystem of Excess, Ernst Schering Project Space, Berlin (2014), An Ecosystem of Excess ; Aksioma, Ljubljana. Her group shows include ThingWorld, NAMOC National Art Museum of Beijing (2014); Transmediale Festival, Berlin (2014); Tiere und Menschen, Museum Ostwall, Dortmund (2014), Polytech Museum, Moscow (2015), ExoEvolution at ZKM (2015) and 14th Istanbul Biennial (2015). She is pursuing her Phd at Duke University at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Media Arts and Sciences. She holds a Bachelors of Architecture from Middle East Technical University, a Master of Arts from Bilgi University, a Master of Science from Istanbul Technical University and a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Los Angeles where she worked at the Art|Sci Center and the UCLA Game lab. Her book An Ecosystem of Excess was published by ArgoBooks in 2014. Pinar is a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow.