Weather is something we react to everyday, in the clothes we wear, the transport we take and food we eat. If it suddenly begins to rain we get an umbrella or seek shelter. Strange weather makes us act strangely. We don’t expect to wake up to a city underwater or live through a drought that lasts decades. We find ourselves in novel situations, lacking
familiar tools or habits that we can employ successfully without thinking too deeply. When anomalous events happen more frequently, we have to change our ways—developing new behaviours, artefacts and ways of existing in the world. Sustained strange weather requires planned change or adaptation. The exhibits in this section prototype new ways of being, focusing particularly on the new psychologies and societies we can imagine for ourselves in the face of significant disruptions and changes.
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This is where things get very unusual indeed. Desperate times call for desperate measures and strange weather calls for creative mitigation strategies. This collection of tools and narratives ranges in tone from celebratory to cynical. Each artist in this section constructs a future where humankind attempts to use technology to directly intervene
in the weather patterns on planet Earth. Although humans have informally and inadvertently manipulated the weather since at least the dawn of agriculture, and definitely since the large scale burning of fossil fuels, these projects ask what happens when we start trying to shape the
weather and control the climate intentionally, continuously and with specific outcomes in mind. The story of climate mitigation is only just beginning, but thus far we have learned: we have always been geoengineers and we have not been very good at it.
What is rain? How is the Arctic region changing? How does space weather affect us here on Earth? The works in this section seek to understand the physical properties, processes and patterns of weather and climate. Additionally, the works take into account human activities and desires as one aspect of understanding the natural world. This is unusual in the natural sciences. Historically, understanding nature required erasing the contributions and traces of human activity. This collection of tools, maps and experiments explicitly include the human animal in the web of biogeochemical and physical interactions that comprise the patterns on our planet. Taken as a whole, these pieces help us understand that humankind both affects and is affected by the planetary processes we call weather and climate.
Documenting is a process of taking notice, collecting evidence, making meaning and leaving a record for others to interpret. Documenting strange weather poses a significant challenge. Weather consists of difference: flows and events which can disappear and melt away as quickly as they appear. What kind of physical evidence can be collected about rain, wind and heat waves? What are the physical artefacts resulting from a blizzard, tornado or lightning strike? Strange weather leaves behind memories, new language, changed habitats and occasionally damaged human artefacts. The works in this section are collections of particularly ephemeral evidence that await your interpretation. What do they say about our planet, humankind and the strange moment we find ourselves in?
Models are simplified reflections of reality. They help us test ideas, theories or patterns we believe we have observed in the world. Models are constrained and they never perfectly or exactly capture reality. Models are a form of compression. We make models to clarify as well as imagine. They help us focus on what we believe are the essential drivers or elements of the phenomena we are interested in. In this exhibition we include social as well as scientific models. Some models have been chosen for their predictive or explanatory capabilities. Other models fail to reflect reality, but in their divergence from the world as it actually is, they open up the imagination to entirely new possibilities and realities.
We are obsessed with the weather. It is a powerful, shared daily experience, offering us an immediate talking point with which to engage our fellow citizens. Yet when we talk about climate change the sense of guilt or powerlessness is enough to kill the conversation.
By engaging both weather and climate in a playful, provocative way, we hope to leapfrog over current polarised public debates. STRANGE WEATHER: FORECASTS FROM THE FUTURE propels you to forecast your own fate on a changing planet with an uncertain future.
By bringing together works by artists, designers, scientists, meteorologists and engineers STRANGE WEATHER asks questions such as: Should human culture be reshaped to fit strange weather or should we reshape weather to fit our strange culture? Who is going to take advantage of climate chaos and how will strange weather benefit me? How will you choose to work, celebrate, live and die when weather gets weird?
STRANGE WEATHER runs from 18th July 2014 to 8th October 2014. Find out more at https://dublin.sciencegallery.com/strangeweather
CURRENT & UPCOMING
7 December, 2015Smog Tasting at Le Musée de l'Homme, Paris
Nov 19Aeroir: A Taste of Place
7 October 2015 - 10 April 2016Human+ the future of our species (curated by Cathrine Kramer)
July 28 - Oct 17BREATHE @ WHO Library
May 19-20, 2015BREATHE @ WMO
July 18 - October 5, 2014Strange Weather
- Images from BREATHE at the WHO
- Smog Tasting: Distant Environments, Science Communication, Metaphors, and Moral Disgust
- Art, Inspiration, Risk
- Media Advisory: Air Pollution, Climate and Health in the Minds of Artists
- 9 Way to Disentangle Worldviews for Design
- Ecosystem Service Design workshop
- STRANGE WEATHER: Adapting
- STRANGE WEATHER: Mitigating
- STRANGE WEATHER: Understanding
- STRANGE WEATHER: Documenting