Andrew McWilliams

Emergency Room (2016)

Medium: Installation
  • HarvestWorks, New York, 2016
  • Human Impacts Institute, New York, 2017
  • SPRING/BREAK Art Fair, New York, 2018

Video by: Kevin Barry

Emergency Room is an immersive media installation comparing the way we respond to personal medical conditions with the way have responded to climate change. Twelve screens buzz and flicker with images of activism and environmental chaos, accompanied by a beeping heart-rate monitor.

Despite generally acknowledging the massive and devastating consequences of climate change, we consistently deprioritize it. As such, our collective action in response to the condition is inadequate, and we are locking in its worst outcomes.

Emergency Room features images of activists attempting to build momentum for change, alongside images of observed effects such as rising sea levels and increasing superstorms. Alongside these are images of individuals already dealing with the effects of climate change.

Supported by

This installation was created with support from ThoughtWorks and HarvestWorks.


Original media used in this installation comes from a variety of sources, including:

  • Extreme Ice Survey
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • The US Department of Energy
  • Exposure Labs
  • Democracy Now!
  • Freundeskreis Videoclips (Ende Gelände)
  • everyone and company
  • Gothamist
  • Stanford Precourt Institute for Energy
  • Bristol Community College
  • PhysioNet
  • I Love Mountains
  • Kevin Barnett
  • JWJ Ferguson
  • Angus McCullough
  • The Episcopal Church
  • kidkornfilms
  • Lauren Farmer
  • Matthew Kraus
  • Scott McConville
  • Mike Lemery
  • Patrick Conway
  • Ben Stamper
  • Brian Dieck
  • Alex Mallis
  • DART.ENVS.01.X
  • Brent De Luca
  • Tom Mills
  • wwwzambroworg
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