Weather Engines

features works by PCAI Collection artists

PCAI Collection artists Matthias Fritsch, Hypercomf, Lito Kattou and Petros Moris will be participating in the Weather Engines exhibition, organised by Onassis Stegi and the National Observatory of Athens. The exhibition, curated by Daphne Dragona and Jussi Parikka, explores the poetics, politics, and technologies of our environment from the ground to the sky and from soil to atmosphere.

 

What climate do you want to live in? If weather is engineered by humans, is it ‘natural’ after all? Can weather become human-made?

From the 1st of April, weather storms Onassis Stegi and the National Observatory of Athens with talks, workshops, performances, and a large art exhibition comprised of sound and video installations, sculptures, films, and 3D-printed objects, taking as a starting point the climate crisis, the exploitation of extreme weather but also the urgent need to deal with these issues. The Onassis Stegi Weather Engines brings weather to the forefront, from April 1st to May 15th, 2022, inciting us to reflect on the poetics, politics, and technologies of the environment.

Renowned and up-and-coming artists from across the globe contribute with their works, many of them on public view for the first time in this exhibition, curated by Daphne Dragona and Jussi Parikka. Seed bombing; a living sculpture made up of fungi; thermopolitics around temperature; a wild garden upon Mars; the weather cycle through Maori worldviews; a famous alpine glacier; corals bathed in blue light; pollen grains; water as perceived by Aztecs; the Colombian Amazon territory; politics of cold; dragonflies in various ecosystems; the sound of the ocean; these are just some of the – not necessarily – natural phenomena, events, and issues that the exhibition addresses.

The exhibition and the public program of talks, performances, and workshops explore weather as a complex system, as observation and control, as well as a lived experience. The projects and events refer to natural phenomena and climate change, past and contemporary strategies of engineering the weather, and different sociopolitical atmospheres in which we breathe and live. Approaching the models and systems of art as techniques of knowledge, Weather Engines addresses the need for climate justice and for embracing the surrounding more-than-human world(s).

The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Words of Weather: A glossary which maps terms for a political ecology of experience and is available in selected bookstores, in English and Greek edition, edited by Jussi Parikka and Daphne Dragona and designed by Typical Organization.

It’s time to speak about climate change and those elements that engineer our lives.

 

Weather Engines is realized within the framework of Studiotopia network, co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

Supported by Aarhus University’s School of Communication and Culture and the project Design and Aesthetics for Environmental Data.

 

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