MATERIALIZING DATA: EMBODYING CLIMATE CHANGE
Materialising Data: Embodying Climate Change is a 3-year AHRC funded research project.
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 take data (geological, atmospheric, biological) off digital screens and translate it into physical objects, artworks and environments.
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 change both artistic and scientific approaches to the representation of our changing planet.
Our research brings artists, scientists and programmers together within a shared enquiry to ask: what aesthetic, social and material relations can be generated through transforming climate data into forms that can be touched, shared and inhabited? What creative and critical languages arise from such an approach?