Climate Data Karaoke
14 February 2020
PV from 19:00
Performance at 20:00
Address for this project: Røde Mellemvej 28, Kbh 2300 S
Metro: DR Byen
Climate Data Karaoke is an exhibition from Critical Zone Observatory, a research framework exploring creative applications for climate sensors, led by artist Harry Meadows. For this exhibition, a suite of new sculptures combines functioning climate sensors with comically anthropomorphic structures that support the delicate instruments. Through this combination the work blurs the boundary of sense and sensor, and challenges the objective supremacy of machines. The anemometer, barometer, thermometer and rain gauge are designed to act as extensions of our human bodies, amplifying our understanding of the environment of which we are a part. Mechanical sensors, far from benign, are imbued with human bias and offer a reading of the world that feeds back data on human fragility.
The climate sensor sculptures are gathering information on the conditions of the Kiosk7 gallery, but also at a nearby venue in Christiania. Both are controlled environmental conditions, but through sonification of this data we produce a reading which incorporates emotional factors. Sonification is the interpretation of data into sound and music. Here, ‘interpretation’ abandons faithful correlation with the data, in favour of intuitive associations with pop music. The lines etched through the x y axes of the climate graphs are subjected to a divination resulting in the selection of pop songs. These emotive anthems are then performed Karaoke style by amateur singers who serenade the sculptures to complete a feedback loop of human sense and machine sensor.
Working with Critical Zone Observatory are a group of students from Arts University Bournemouth: Hannah Andrews, Danny Baum, Laurence Bird, Jayne Chalk, Esmae Dougherty-Price, Kamila Dowgiert, Jack Evans, Louise Hall, Seth Horton, Enika Liukineviciute, Adele Nash, Cherie Sullivan, Katherine Weltch, Alex White and Bethany White. Bringing their own interests into the mix, they present a variety of interpretations of the climate data gathered whilst in residence at Kiosk7.