San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Cloud Machines, a public hearing, presentation, balloon launch and workshop
organized by Karolina Sobecka
How has living in the Anthropocene changed our notion of ‘nature’? This question is approached by constructing and deploying devices which display and probe the knowledge, technology, ethics and aesthetics of our culture in respect to this notion. The Cloud Machine is a personal device for weather modification, based on a geo-engineering technique to create brighter, more reflective clouds to counteract climate change. The Cloud Collector is a device for collecting cloud moisture. Does the practice of making clouds let us feel more comfortable about climate engineering? Or can such a practice be considered cloud ‘stewardship’ which implies a relationship with the atmosphere, and environmental ‘citizenship’ which might be enacted through observation and care?
Date: Friday, August 2nd to Monday August 5, 2013
Time: See schedule below for hours
Location: ZERO1 Garage
439 S. 1st Street, San Jose
CLOUD MACHINES SCHEDULE
Friday, August 2nd 6:00pm-7:00pm
Public Forum discussion the process and implications of launching weather balloons over San Jose, CA.
Friday, August 2nd 7:00pm-10:00pm
ZERO1 Garage will be transformed into a Cloud Lab where the public can examine the Cloud Machine and the Cloud Collector weather balloons, as well as learn more about cloud formation and geo-engineering. The accompanying documentary will be screened on a loop during the evening.
Saturday, August 3rd 11:00am
Make a Cloud and Collect a Cloud: participate in launching the high altitude balloons with the Cloud Machine and Cloud Collector.
Monday, August 5th 1:00pm
Cloud Lab will be open for a workshop where you can see the results of the Saturday launch, find out different cloud-making techniques, mix the cloud biome with your own, learn to Think Like a Cloud, and discuss cloud ecologies.
Clouds From Both Sides
Photographs of clouds are taken from a ground level at the same time that a satellite is photographing them from space. Every image has a point of view. In this project we balance the view of a machine with a counter-view, that of human observation. The public can contribute their images and observations to the project after downloading the schedule of satellite flyovers. The pairs of images are presented side by side, along with the meteorological analysis from the satellite and the human observation written at the same time.
Cloud Machines is part of ZERO1 summer program BRING IT! Each week this summer, we’re handing over the ZERO1 Garage to innovative artists and community members who are pushing the boundaries of digital culture, using art to address real-world social challenges, and contributing to the community of creativity and innovation that Silicon Valley is known for.
439 South 1st Street
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ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization. We connect creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that shape a more resilient future.. As a 21st century arts nonprofit, ZERO1 works with some of the world’s most and creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology. ZERO1 produces the ZERO1 Biennial, an international showcase of work at the nexus of art and technology. ZERO1 is also the force behind the ZERO1 Fellowship program, where principles of artistic creativity are applied to real world innovation challenges.