[-empyre-] [EXT] Open Weather

Daniel Lichtman danielp73 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 16 09:56:59 AEDT 2020

Thanks so much for sharing these resources, Sasha!

On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 3:38 AM Engelmann, Sasha <Sasha.Engelmann at rhul.ac.uk>

> Hi Dan and Empyre List members,
> Thanks for your question about the critical frameworks in open-weather.
> You are right that contributors to the open-weather archive are invited to
> let us know whether they have used an open-weather critical framework in
> the reception of their satellite imagery.
> In the recently published 'open-weather feminist handbook
> <http://almanacprojects.com/public-programme/open-weather-feminist-handbook>',
> soon to be added to open-weather.community, we discuss critical
> frameworks like this:
> Open-weather meshes together satellite image decoding and technologies of
> weather sensing with critical and feminist theory, artistic gestures and
> performance methodologies. We call these interventions in technology,
> theory and performance our ‘critical frameworks’. At the time of writing
> there are three fully developed critical frameworks: the * Satellite
> séance*; *Open work, second body*, and the *Community nowcast*. These
> critical frameworks use specific feminist tactics and ways of thinking to
> tell stories about weather sensing and satellite decoding and its different
> histories. In doing so we question dominant narratives and approaches of
> the technical and scientific spheres in which open-weather operates.
> The open-weather feminist handbook also includes a list of resources to
> point toward the articles, books, media and archives that inspire our
> feminist methodologies.
> In another chapter in the handbook, called "We learn from alternative
> histories of sensing and séance" we draw out some of the historical
> references that inspire our critical frameworks, from the 'clairvoyant
> network' of the 19th century to Anton Mesmer's archive of mesmerism.
> Thanks again for your questions and for the invitation to participate in
> the Accumulations exhibition and website! Feel free to contact us with more
> questions, or for support in DIY satellite signal decoding.
> Best wishes,
> Sasha and Sophie
> Dr. Sasha Engelmann (she/her)
> Lecturer in GeoHumanities
> Royal Holloway University of London
> www.sashaengelmann.com
> instagram: @sasha_intheair
> twitter: @sashacakes
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> *From:* Daniel Lichtman <danielp73 at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Monday, December 14, 2020 6:56 PM
> *To:* empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au <
> empyre at lists.artdesign.unsw.edu.au>
> *Cc:* Engelmann, Sasha <Sasha.Engelmann at rhul.ac.uk>; Sophie Dyer <
> dyer.sophie at gmail.com>; sophiedyer at protonmail.com <
> sophiedyer at protonmail.com>
> *Subject:* [EXT] Open Weather
> 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
> conditions.
> 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
> <https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Faccumulations.online%2Fopenweather.html&data=04%7C01%7CSasha.Engelmann%40rhul.ac.uk%7C6ad5a2f43b2b48aad5f008d8a0620bfa%7C2efd699a19224e69b601108008d28a2e%7C0%7C0%7C637435690253486774%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=uozFebwGNHw9hbVCTIyOzGclSfhLZrGC5AMn0mi5wTM%3D&reserved=0>
> 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
> from.
> Feel free to discuss any/all aspects of these questions!
> Looking forward,
> Dan
> Artist bios:
> Sophie Dyer
> <https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fsophiedyer.net%2F&data=04%7C01%7CSasha.Engelmann%40rhul.ac.uk%7C6ad5a2f43b2b48aad5f008d8a0620bfa%7C2efd699a19224e69b601108008d28a2e%7C0%7C0%7C637435690253486774%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=Y0RoMepuy1ZbGmJS83A28BtIQbkl2sQWTFFulK%2FNojU%3D&reserved=0> 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
> <https://eur03.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sashaengelmann.com%2F&data=04%7C01%7CSasha.Engelmann%40rhul.ac.uk%7C6ad5a2f43b2b48aad5f008d8a0620bfa%7C2efd699a19224e69b601108008d28a2e%7C0%7C0%7C637435690253496771%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=dGfBC5oBQQy6N0a8jPGIXQvmova0fhAwFJv7q%2F8M03g%3D&reserved=0> 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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