[-empyre-] Open Weather

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Tue Dec 15 05:56:53 AEDT 2020

Hi Sophie and Sasha,

Thanks so much for sharing your project, Open Weather! To give the empyre
community some context about your work, I’m including your bios at the end
of this email. I love the sentence from your intro email, ‘co-created by
observers who are weathering – experiencing – the very conditions that they
are recording’.  It points to Open Weather’s exploration of human bodies in
space, who are experiencing both atmospheric and social conditions,
intercepting and recording a distant, scientific rendering of these

I encourage everyone to check out this amazing project on the Accumulations
website, and also to click through to the links that Sophie and Sasha
provided that explain how to record weather data imagery using affordable
equipment and software, and to access the database of recordings submitted
by participants in the project. http://accumulations.online/openweather.html

Sasha and Sophie - I noticed in the Open Weather archive that contributors
selected a ‘critical framework’ for their submission. Could you tell us
about these frameworks? I’d also love to hear a little more about what you
mean by feminist tactics of sensing, and also about seance, which you
mentioned at the start of your email. I think it’d be really interesting to
hear about other examples of feminist sensing that you draw inspiration

Feel free to discuss any/all aspects of these questions!

Looking forward,


Artist bios:

Sophie Dyer <http://sophiedyer.net/> is a feminist researcher, designer,
and activist, specialised in visual and open source investigations. She
works with Amnesty International’s Evidence Lab and is an Affiliate of The
Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Sasha Engelmann <http://www.sashaengelmann.com/> explores
interdisciplinary, feminist and creative approaches to environmental
sensing. She is Lecturer in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway University of
London and a current fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.
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