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ABOUT

We are a transdisciplinary research group based at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. It is a partnership with the British Antarctic Survey, Birkbeck University of London and  creative studio Proboscis.

 

We propose that just as we experience our climate physically through immersion in landscapes and weather, our engagement with climate change might change if we encountered its data in physical forms. We aim to develop new ways to represent climate change by taking its data (geological, atmospheric, biological) off digital screens and translate it into physical objects, artworks and environments using 3D printing and fabrication.

We ask: What aesthetic, social and material relations can be generated through transforming climate data data into forms that can be touched, shared and inhabited?

Data offers new ways to represent phenomena by being able to capture hidden dimensions, patterns and activities in forms that other artistic media such as moving image, sculpture or photography on their own cannot. Climate data, in particular provides insights into a range of invisible phenomena describing vast geological timescales, complex systems, atmospheres, biotics and other planetary inscriptions which require palpable expression to enable us to reflect on how we impact the environment. We propose that the richness of this material represents an unexplored scientific imaginary, denotative of hidden material forms and Earth systems, that can revolutionise both artistic and scientific approaches to the representation of our changing planet.

TEAM

 

PARTNERS

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FUNDERS

TOM CORBY

Co-Founder & Principal Investigator

Tom is an artist and Professor of Interdisciplinary Art and
Associate Dean of Research at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

GILES LANE

Co-Founder & Specialist Researcher

Giles is an artist and designer; and Specialist Researcher in Art-Science at Central Saint Martins, UAL. He is the Founder and Director of non-profit creative studio, Proboscis.

ERIN DICKSON

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Erin is an artist and specialist in digital design and manufacturing at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London.

JONATHAN MACKENZIE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Mac is an artist and researcher with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, and the University of Cambridge. He writes software for both art and science projects and has an interest in cross-fertilisation between the two.

GAVIN BAILY

Visiting Research Fellow

Artist and specialist in creative computing at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London

RACHEL JACOBS

Visiting Research Fellow

Rachel's practice and research has engaged with climate data, climate modelling, forests and predictions over the last 10 years, resulting in a PhD that explored the concept of artists ‘Performing Data'.

GEORGE ROUSSOS

Partner & Co-Investigator, MDECC

George is Professor of Pervasive Computing at Birkbeck University of London

LOUISE SIME

Partner & Co-Investigator, MDECC

Louise is a Palaeoclimate Modeller at the British Antarctic Survey.