Art Meets Science Weather Glass or Crystal Ball?

“Weather Glass or Crystal Ball” project image
© Goethe-Institut Glasgow/LABLAB
  • 12. November 2020 — 31. October 2021

  • Education, Climate Change

  • Glasgow (United Kingdom); Oslo (Norway); Stockholm (Sweden); Kopenhagen (Denmark)

How can art and science be combined? The project investigates the effects of human activity on the earth's ecosystems by mapping the weather in various areas.

As part of the project, the Goethe-Institutes in Glasgow, Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm are visualising weather data and making it the subject of an interdisciplinary and aesthetic examination of sustainability.
To this end, local weather data sets will be linked with historical weather data and insights into local urban development using AI technologies, and the project will investigate how the climate has shaped the respective region and what influence it has on the people who live there. Nature and culture are not considered as opposites. The aim is to develop an aesthetic "language" for the weather that also moves and touches a broad public.
Formally, the project consists of three parts: A hackathon, in which software on the topic is developed together, a symposium with experts from art and science on the topic of urban development and climate change, and an artistic implementation of the results, which are made available beforehand on an open source platform.
"Weather Glass and Crystal Ball" is a project of the Goethe-Institut Glasgow and the Goethe-Institut Sweden, curated by LABLAB Stockholm and implemented together with the participating Goethe-Institutes.

The Hackathon (12.-13.11.2020) organized by the Goethe-Institut Glasgow was supported with funds from Generation A. Generation A is a project of the Goethe-Institut, supported with special funds from the German Foreign Office for the German EU Council Presidency 2020.