Woven Climate Datascapes
Tali Weiberg’s Woven Climate Datascapes project translates climate data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) into woven landscapes and waterscapes, using plant-derived fibers and dyes. She believes that materializing abstract climate change data is a way to rethink climate data visualization:
Data is valuable in its capacity to condense a vast amount of labor, knowledge, and time into a form that can be consumed quickly. But its value as an abstraction is also its shortfall. It obscures its origins as well as the violence experienced by corporeal and ecological bodies at the hands of anthropogenic climate change.
Weiberg also sees weaving as a means to re-express knowledge and experiences of climate change in a way that is “embodied, gendered female, indigenous, and relational more than representational.” Check out more images of her works on multiple themes from oil extraction to water bodies on her website.
Our Changing Seas
Our Changing Seas is a series of creative outreach projects created by Courtney Mattison. A series of large-scale ceramic coral reef installations communicate the exotic beauty of coral reefs, as well as their fragility and the threats that they face as a result of human activity today.
Along with the installations, another component of this project is a series of interviews with marine scientists, professionals, and nature artists, regarding the importance of coral reef conservation and the role the art can play in promoting coral reef stewardship and policy change. Learn more about this project here.
Unprecedented changes in the global climate can lead to a reduction in species distribution, and consequently loss of biodiversity. Seed banks plays a critical role in preserving the genetic diversity of various agricultural species in the face of climate change, by collecting, researching, and storing seeds in secure vaults.
Dornith Doherty’s Archiving Eden utilizes magnified x-ray images to create powerful and thought-provoking visual experiences from the samples in seed banks. One of the installations in this project exhibited x-ray images of 5,000 seeds representing the most common agricultural species grown in Canada. 5,000 is the minimum number of seeds needed for preserving a single plant species. Learn more about this and other projects of the artist here.