Host: Google Arts & Culture Lab
Art has always been a medium to convey complex subjects and address challenges we face. For many of us, the term “climate data” conjures up images of complicated graphs and charts, but artists are explaining it through a new lens. On World Environment Day, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Google Arts & Culture Lab residency program announced Heartbeat of the Earth, a series of experimental artworks inspired by climate data.
Four artists – Cristina Tarquini, Laurie Frick, Pekka Niittyvirta, Timo Aho – used key findings from a landmark UN IPCC report and data from scientific institutions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the World Meteorological Organization, to create three interactive pieces of art about our climate. They’ve addressed the topics of declining ocean life, food consumption, and rising sea levels.
We hope that Heartbeat of the Earth will help everyone learn more about the complex issues we’ll encounter due to a changing climate and enable communication to explore pathways and possible solutions.
Cristina Tarquini, Laurie Frick, Pekka Niittyvirta, Timo Aho