Hack the Grid


for Carnegie Museum of Art


This book documents a series of large-scale light installations produced in Pittsburgh by New Mexico-based environmental artist Andrea Polli using the city’s long history of energy and industry to interrogate issues from particulate pollution to wind power. Polli sees “hacking” as a creative act in the service of knowledge, cultural production and civic engagement. Above all, it’s a way to understand more about the energy we consume, in our homes and communities. The book begins with a manifesto by Polli and is followed by essays, projects and workshops—all photographed by Bryan Conley. 6 x 7.875 inches, 160 pages.