Cultures of Atmosphere 

Organized by Alex Young and Lindsey french, 2023

Cultures of Atmosphere was a virtual roundtable discussion held on December 6, 2023 which centered the ways that artists and community members figure, represent, respond to, and participate in an atmospheric commons. The event focused on southwestern Pennsylvania as a region where conditions of toxicity and industrial pollution have significantly impacted social and ecological communities, and where local conversations regarding shared atmospheres have generated international public discourse and environmental legislation. 

Discussants:
Tony Buba - filmmaker 
Erin Mallea - artist
Alli Greenlief - Data & Systems Manager at the Center for Coalfield Justice
Brian Charlton - historian, Donora Historical Society and Smog Museum

Additional info: olfactorymedialibrary.net

This presentation served as a launch event for the Olfactory Media Library project, a mobile olfactory and atmospheric sensing station supported in part by funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Additional support for this event comes from the Frank-Ratchye Further Fund at the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, the Donora Smog Museum, the Center for Coalfield Justice, and the University of Regina.