Nothern Atmospheres

7 March 2017, 12:00 - 16:00

  • 8 March 2017, 15:00 - 20:00

"When we consider the progress of the Northern races of mankind, it cannot be denied, that while the struggles of the hardy races of the North with their severe climate, and their forests, have gradually endowed them with an unconquerable energy of character, which has enabled them to become the masters of the world." — Susanna Moodie (1852)


Hosted by Eastern Bloc, Northern Atmospheres explores the ways by which our planet has become an object of technoscience; the means by which we read and elicit “planetary knowledge” through technical instruments, now a vascularised and purportedly totalising vast machine for tracking and tracing, storing and historicising data.

During the two-day workshop we will visit a hydro-meteorological station and discuss this visit alongside readings on the becoming-technological and becoming-communicational of planet Earth, with “the North” as a particular thematic. We will then design and build (outdoors) together concrete forms which monumentalise, commemorate and present earth-science collection practices, looking specifically at the atmospheric science of snow and ice. The group will prepare samples for inclusion in this collaborative work, which forms part of the “Earth Observatory Array”, a global array of sculptural forms being created as part of the Shift Register project. The Montreal Earth Observatory Array Element (#427) will be collaboratively located, designed and ceremonially activated by workshop participants.

 

Earth Observatory Array Action - Sponsored by Speculative Life Research Cluster - Project Shif Register by Jamie Allen 


Jamie Allen is a Canadian-born researcher, artist, designer and teacher, interested in what technologies teach us about who we are as individuals, cultures and societies. He has been an electronics engineer, a polymer chemist and a designer at the American Museum of Natural History. He lectures, publishes and exhibits all over the place. He lives in Europe, works on art and technology projects, writes less than he probably should, and tries to engage with and create prefigurative institutions that are generous and collaborative, and that acknowledge friendship and love as central to aesthetic, research and knowledge practices. He is Senior Researcher at the Critical Media Lab in Basel, Switzerland.

Free

7 March 2017, 12:00 - 16:00

  • 8 March 2017, 15:00 - 20:00