In a partnership with Arctur, CHE and Kersnikova Institute the artists attempt to picture the world of climate change composed with supercomputing capacities and enormous quantities of
The artists Špela Petric and Miha Turšic have been collaborating on mutual projects for five years while maintaining two separate artistic lines. Špela is dedicated to the researching of multispecies intercognition, and Miha to arts and humanities in outer space. For Becoming.eco(logical) they joined forces and simultaneously addressed big data and carbon emissions issues. In order to do so, they partnered with Arctur a High-Performance Computing (HPC) company in Nova Gorica, Slovenia. Arctur traditionally works in scientific and engineering fields which require large quantity of data to be processed, like weather forecasting and aerodynamic research. For this project, they made their supercomputing power available to the artists.
The team created a model on climate change looking at how the carbon flows in our society from the two last centuries. They demonstrated the embeddedness of human agency into the environmental condition and the transition from technological into the ecological world. From this model, data visualization was created presenting the impact of humans on carbon flows since the industrial revolution on a yearly basis. To create this model, the team tempted to understand the climate vast machine. The artists gathered a large amount of climate and weather data from global organizations and dug into them. While processing the data, they worked on two anatomies: temperature as a climate fact and carbon flow as a climate fact. They finally decided to observe humans as environment agents.
Interview with Špela Petric and Miha Turšic at CENTQUATRE-Paris, during the STARTS Residencies Days 2020