MATERIALIZING DATA: EMBODYING CLIMATE CHANGE
Three-dimensional model outputs Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR*) which tracks the three major greenhouse gas emissions (CO2, CH4, and N2O) for all world countries from 1970 until 2017.
The visual arts do not possess an imaginary of climate change that is capable of accounting for how the planet and its climate functions as a set of connected material, social and cultural relations within which we are implicated. In response our research project explores how climate data when situated differently (in physical forms) and relationally (through integration of cultural and social elements) can offer a way forward.
Climate data, 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. This material is rarely explored through physical processes in critical art-making contexts, but represents an unexplored imaginary, denotative of hidden material and social forms.
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 in ways that can be touched, shared and inhabited? What creative and critical languages arise from such an approach?
*Data sourced from EDGAR Crippa et al. (2019), DOI (
Materialising Data: Embodying Climate Change is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council