Arts organizations have come together to form “weather stations” that stretch from the Senate House Library in London to the Enoura Observatory in Japan in response to the climate emergency.
The World Weather Network includes 28 arts organizations that will share “weather reports” for one year in the form of observations, stories, images and imaginations about their local climate and our shared climate.
The constellation of “weather stations” will be located in oceans, deserts, mountains, farmland, rainforests, observatories, lighthouses and cities, creating a collection of voices and views on a global platform.
Professor Friederike Otto, Senior Lecturer in Climate Sciences, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment at Imperial College London, said: “With World Weather Attribution we seek to bring scientific evidence of the role of climate change in our conversations about time, but science alone cannot change the world.
“Art and literature can. So the World Weather Network is exactly what it takes to see climate change very differently from what we think it is today ”.
The artists’ weather reports will be shared on the World Weather Network platform from everywhere, including a tropical rainforest in Guyana, Mesopotamian swamps in Iraq and Great Salt Lake in Utah.
In the UK, a new sound installation by writer Jessica J Lee and sound artist Claudia Molitor titled A Thousand Words For Weather responds to real-time data from the Met Office.
The couple translated different words for the weather into 10 languages commonly spoken in the UK, creating a 1,000-word meteorological dictionary, which will open at the Senate Library in London on 22 June.
Other cities involved include Dhaka, Istanbul, Johannesburg, and Seoul.
Meanwhile, on the island of Fogo in Canada, British artist Liam Gillick is creating an operational weather station that will be used by scientists and the local community.
He said: “Art helps us understand and elevate our environment. The World Weather Network brings together so many new perspectives that it will accelerate critical thinking about our current crisis.
“My project on the island of Fogo will collect data on the local climate. Mathematics and science have been clear for a long time. We all face catastrophic changes as a result of our overheated planet ”.
In a lighthouse on the island of Santa Clara, the Hondolea sculpture by Cristina Iglesias invites you to reflect on deep time and everyday life.
He said: “For centuries, lighthouses on coasts around the world have been warning about the dangers at sea. Extreme weather alerts are now shared by meteorologists and climate scientists every day.
“What can art do in the face of this emergency? He asks us to listen, to look, to think. This is why I made my sculpture, Hondolea, in the old lighthouse on the island of Santa Clara, on the Basque coast.
Hiroshi Sugimoto will also collaborate with the Enoura Observatory in Japan to observe the turbulence of the Earth’s atmosphere.
“The Earth’s atmosphere is just a thin membrane on the surface of this fragile planet. Without it, life would be impossible. This is where “time” exists.
“From the Enoura Observatory overlooking Sagami Bay, I will offer new perspectives on the changing atmosphere, weather and climatic conditions we all experience,” he said.
The World Weather Network will also present alternative ways to respond to the global climate and is an initiation to watch, hear, learn and act.
The weather reports will start on June 21st.