See new faces in the cloud and rain

See new faces in the cloud and rain

The atmosphere stores data via the genomes of bacteria: What? This is art at the European Conference for Science Journalists 

Art at ITU for ECSJ2017

Artists and journalists can change the way we comprehend our environment.

This is the central claim of the art exhibitions in the central atrium of the IT University at #ECSJ2017.

Pareidolia is an invitation to see new faces in the clouds of rain and data that saturate our everyday lives, and addresses the conference themes of new media, climate reporting, and responsible science communication.

The central work is an artwork by Karolina Sobecka, cloud services, which proposes to use the atmosphere as an apparatus for data storage and transmission by encoding data into the genomes of bacteria that affect the weather.

Addressing the potential of new computational and biotechnological practices as well as the ethical risks of experimenting with life forms and geophysical cycles, the work engages its audience in reflections on how we are altering our environments and how we should govern emerging technologies in order to use them towards desirable futures.

Pareidolia takes advantage of the architectural features of the ITU building to exhibit the flow of information through the earth’s atmosphere. The exhibition also includes film and video screenings by Ryan S. Jeffery and Boaz Levin.

You can read more about the work of art here.

The work includes art in the Atrium: A “Walk-in Model of a Field Experiment” with wind maps of Antarctica, Arizona, Geneva and blank weather flags.

In Classroom 2A07 there will be a screening of a short work “Cloud Services” by Karolina Sobecka.

Also, the work “All That is Solid Melts into Data” by Ryan S Jeffery & Boaz Levin.

Art presentations start in the central IT university atrium at 17:30 on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday 28th June.