From Dublin, With Love: Trinity College’s Science Gallery Explores Climate and Society in upcoming STRANGE WEATHER Exhibit
Visual artists with a love of clouds. Meteorologists. Storm chasers. Climate scientists. These are some of the individuals encouraged to submit proposals to STRANGE WEATHER, an exhibit co-sponsored by Dublin based venue Science Gallery that will run July to October 2014. If you are a SciArtist do not miss this one-of-a-kind opportunity—Science Gallery will accept proposals until midnight on Feb. 14.
By Pamela Segura
Science Gallery International, a charity supported by Trinity College, was founded in 2012 with one simple mission: to create an international network of institutions and communities that engage art, technologies, and science. Science Gallery International hopes to have eight universities connected to the charity by 2020.
STRANGE WEATHER is advised and curated by several organizations at Science Gallery, including: CoClimate, a research collective dedicated to examining the different ways we shape and reshape the planet; the Met Éireann, which gives data on weather as well as other services in Ireland; the Irish Centre for High-End Computing, a service that provides research institutions with easy access to technologies and other resources; and Trinity College Dublin, where the Science Gallery is a part of the Science Gallery International.
STRANGE WEATHER explores the different tensions between societies and climate through both anthropocentric and ecocentric lenses. The show considers the different ways human beings continue to successfully or unsuccessfully manipulate, distort, or control weather. Catherine Kramer, a curator from CoClimate, said in a promotional video for STRANGE WEATHER that it should be “interesting” to problematize our need to understand weather.
“Humans for a very long time have been trying to control the weather in some way. [We will] tease out that history and [question] whether it’s a good idea or not.”
The anthropocentric context at STRANGE WEATHER doesn’t stop there, however. In the same video, Zackery Denfeld said that the main challenge of STRANGE WEATHER is to inspire the visitor to get “really excited and interested and not depressed.”
Accordingly, the curators and advisors encourage artists to submit works that examine climate change in relation to different constructs within societies. On the one hand, these suggestions include works that provide envisioned plans for rural, urban, and suburban spaces in future climates. Prospective applicants, on the other hand, are also encouraged to think of climate as dedicating the culture.
Similarly, STRANGE WEATHER also urges ecocentric contemplations—proposals can also feature works that think of the environment as its own separate entity. These proposals include: pieces that convey the distribution and redistribution of space due to changes in the environment; different ways to express how different systems (e.g., the hydrosphere and atmosphere) interact with one another; and, of course, extreme forms of weather, including flooding.
By assuming both anthropocentric and ecocentric lenses, the STRANGE WEATHER exhibit will quiet the disagreements between deep ecologists, climate scientists, politicians, and the general public.
Interested in applying for the STRANGE WEATHER exhibit? Check out Science Gallery’s application here.