We're excited to announce our participation in the World Weather Network, a constellation of weather stations set up by 29 arts agencies around the world formed in response to the climate crisis. From June 21 2022 to June 21 2023, artists, writers and communities will share observations, stories, reflections and images about their local weather, creating an archipelago of voices and viewpoints. Engaging climate scientists and environmentalists, the World Weather Network brings together diverse world views and different ways of understanding the weather across multiple localities and languages.
Views of greenhouses and fields at the Ecology Green Farm, Ikiṣẹ.
Each partner arts agency has chosen a location of significance from which artists and writers can explore the local weather; these are called "weather stations". They may be specific places, buildings, environments or wider geographic regions. From each weather station, artists and writers create new works in a range of different art forms: these are the "weather reports''.
The Farm is Y.S.F.'s conceptual weather station hosted at Guest Artists Space (G.A.S.) Foundation's purpose-built residency building based in the village of Ikiṣẹ near the town of Ijebu Ode in Ogun State, Nigeria. It sits on the 54-acre working Ecology Green Farm and will provide practice and research space for visiting artists and researchers who will be participating in the project.
Weather Reports take many different forms: poetry, fiction, reportage, video diaries, films, photography, podcasts and more. Each report will be shared as a digital artwork via the World Weather Network online platform: www.worldweathernetwork.org.
Raqs Media Collective (Jeebesh Bagchi, b.1965, New Delhi, Monica Narula, b. 1969, New Delhi, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, b. 1968, New Delhi) will be the first G.A.S. residents and weather reporters on the Farm as part of the World Weather Network. Variously described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors and catalysts of cultural processes, their work is located at the intersections of contemporary art, historical enquiry, philosophical speculation, research and theory, often taking the form of installations, online and offline media objects, performances and encounters. They will work with other G.A.S. residents, visiting artists and researchers whilst engaging with a wider network of peers, artists, scientists and farmers across the very different geological regions of Nigeria. Raqs Media Collective will begin reporting from the Farm in January 2023.
Portrait of Raqs Media Collective. Photographed by Vicky Roy. Courtesy of the artist and Artists-in-Presidents, Blackwood Gallery, Toronto.
The Network is hosting a series of online talks, presentations or performances throughout the year, inviting leading thinkers from the fields of science, technology, ecology, philosophy, and policy to talk about weather and climate with artists and writers.
WORLD WEATHER NETWORK is a global coalition of 28 arts agencies around the world formed in response to the climate crisis.
ARTIGENIUM, San Sebastian
ART JAMEEL, Dubai
ARTSONJE CENTER, Seoul
BUNDANON, New South Wales
DHAKA ART SUMMIT, Bangladesh
ENOURA OBSERVATORY, Japan
NICOLETTA FIORUCCI FOUNDATION, Grasse/London
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, Newfoundland
FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO, Torino
HOLT-SMITHSON FOUNDATION, New Mexico
ICELANDIC ARTS CENTRE, Reykjavic
IHME HELSINKI / PRO ARTE FOUNDATION, Helsinki
KHOJ, New Delhi
RUYA FOUNDATION, Iraq
SOPHIA POINT, Guyana
TERRA FOUNDATION, Comporta
TE TUHI, Aotearoa / New Zealand
YINKA SHONIBARE FOUNDATION, Nigeria
32 DEGREES EAST, Uganda