Reassemble Lab: Weatherscapes

19 - 22 January 2023, Amsterdam

Reassemble

Reassemble lab 4: Weatherscapes

Artistic research and sensing machines in relation to weather systems.

Weather, we experience its effects daily and it is perhaps the most commonly used topic for small talk. In a nutshell, it is the daily condition of the atmosphere. Yet people generally know little about how meteorological phenomena work and the complexity, stratification and scale of weather systems. Besides reading (news) reports, Europeans experience up close that the weather is increasingly changing and becoming more extreme in nature, resulting in deadly situations. Where the weather in the Global South has been radically changing for decades, now the Global North too cannot escape the facts.

To gain more knowledge on how the weather works, the relationship between weather and climate as well as the relationships between weather measurements and the development of contemporary forecasting models and computer technology, FIBER’s Weatherscapes lab provides a temporary platform for interdisciplinary research and the development of artistic experiments, which serve as the basis for new performances, installations or multimedia stories. 

Weatherscapes welcomes research into turbulence, temperatures, precipitation and wind patterns. Or the composition of the atmosphere, with a focus on the troposphere; the space where most meteorological activities take place. At the same time, there is also interest in research that is historical or socio-cultural in nature.

With Weatherscapes, FIBER aims to increase knowledge and literacy around the weather, approaching it through artistic research and the exchange of knowledge between makers and thinkers. In what ways can information be an artistic starting point or material for new works and stories? How can audiovisual art, creative coding and design offer new perspectives? Weatherscapes aims to serve as a meeting place for artists, designers, activists and researchers working within these topics.

 

TO OPEN CALL

 

Open Call

Who can apply for the lab and how does it work?

Do you work as an artist, designer, performer, activist or researcher on projects related to weather? Have you done research on physical/emotional experiences of weather, the reconstruction or simulations of weather systems and meteorological phenomena? Does your work take place in the field of environmental data and observation? Then we would like to invite you to participate in this lab. Besides artistic interests (weather as an artistic medium) and scientific knowledge, we would also like to invite makers and thinkers who approach weather from a socio-cultural context. We warmly welcome you to apply, even if you have only recently taken your first steps within these topics.

We invite participants through an open call. Our team will select the final group based on a submitted motivation, the match between their practice and the lab subject, and the diversity of the group. 

 

 

  • Launch Open Call Weatherscapes Friday 18 November 
  • This open call closes on December 4 (23:59) 

We ask selected participants for a participation fee

  • Student: € 45
  • Professional: € 70.

This will grant you access to the full lab programme and public programme.

We warmly welcome everyone to apply. Are you in doubt whether you are eligible for the open call? Or does the indicated fee costs create a barrier to participation? We are committed to discuss options and altered prices settings. This can also be done after submitting the open call information. Please contact us directly. 

 

APPLY FOR THE OPEN CALL

Lab outline

A three-day programme with workshops, lectures and talks

During the lab – spread over three days – the domains of data, visualisation, sonification and observations will be explored, bringing together a selection of artistic creators and (scientific) researcher to work on knowledge exchange, research, attending workshops/lectures and working on sketches and prototypes for new artistic productions.

Above all, the lab is a meeting place for connoisseurs and interested parties to get to know each other, share knowledge and skills and perhaps set off with new collaborations.

As part of the lab, a field trip will be organised and workshops and lectures are planned. The preliminary programme looks like this:

  • Thursday 19/01 (evening)
    Public programme + participants welcome
  • Friday 20/01
    Lab day 1 – field trip & working sessions
  • Saturday 21/01
    Lab day 2 – lecture/workshop & working sessions
  • Sunday 22/01
    Lab day 3 – lecture/workshop & working sessions
  • Sunday 22/01 (evening)
    Open Lab Session – final presentations (open for the public)

 

 

LAB PROGRAMME: PARTNERS, SPEAKERS & WORKSHOPS

More news on partners, speakers and workshops will follow soon.

PUBLIC PROGRAMME

On Thursday 19 January, there will be a public programme in the evening, in which various speakers will present their work and research in relation to weather. For participants, this will also be the kick-off of the subsequent lab days. More news will be released soon.

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Impression of previous lab

Click here to read more about FIBER’s previous labs and dossiers.

Research opportunities

We are looking for Journalists & Researchers

With this Call For Journalists & Researchers we want to extend the invitation to both professional journalists and studying researchers (bachelor and master students, PHD researchers) to join FIBER’s upcoming lab about meteorological phenomena and the complexity, stratification and scale of weather systems. ​​We offer an opportunity to carry out research during and after our upcoming lab. This can be done for the development of a media item, essay or within the context of someone’s study or thesis.

We will offer a number of spots to visit the lab free of charge and will work together with our team to access the work and research of our participants and speakers. In return, we ask for the development of concrete outcomes: from media items to written articles.

FIBER considers its task to share the knowledge and socially relevant topics dealt with in the labs in an open and accessible way in the public domain. In addition, we offer opportunities for students and starters to develop their practice within the labs. For these purposes, we seek cooperation with journalists and researchers.

Are you interested in writing for FIBER? Get in touch with us!

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Inclusivity

Critical Tool Analysis

Parallel to the ‘making’, Weatherscapes critically reflects on historical and sociopolitical contexts. Who develops the tools and platforms we use? Do they help with creating solutions? Do they add fuel to the fire? What possibilities are there for artistic practices to adapt their use, or even reassemble them to accommodate representation and inclusion? A network of researchers will investigate the lab methods, techniques and principles and disseminate them through our platform.

Accessibility and Equity

Based on improving accessibility and equity, we offer the opportunity to contact us if the indicated fee create a barrier to participation. We are committed to discuss options and altered prices settings. This can also be done after submitting the open call information. If there are any questions about physical accessibility for the lab, please also contact us. We are available to help. Please contact: Allegra Greher

Diversity and Inclusion

In addition to understanding our entanglement with a multispecies reality, the lab will  strive to bring together a rich prism of perspectives – including feminist, queer,  non-binary, trans and voices of color – to share resources, time and space with many different imaginations of our near-future societies. We warmly welcome participants from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and people from LGBTQIA+ communities.

Despite some of the technical aspects of the lab, the focus will be on unlocking and  accessing a wide variety of (non-coding) skills. This will be done through  interdisciplinary collaboration and conceptual approaches to topics. Therefore, the lab will also be a valuable environment for newcomers to narrative, sonification and visualization techniques.

Partners

Reassemble is supported by the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts, Creative Industry Fund NL and Pictoright.

Design by Mary Universe (Mary Ponomareva).