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Friday 3/25: SPWS in Map as Metaphor Panel

Please join us this Friday 3/25 for a panel discussion in the Center for Book Arts History of Art Series: Map as Metaphor.

Panel 2 – The Eco-Techno Map: Data and Online Initiatives
Friday, March 25, 6:30pm
Center for Book Arts, 28 W. 27th St, NYC

more information: http://centerforbookarts.org/event/map-as-metaphor-2/
https://www.facebook.com/events/788914364585805/

Moderator: Heidi Neilson, artist and co-founder of SP Weather Station

Panelists:

Liz Barry, urban designer, Co-Founder & Co-Director of TreeKIT, and Co-Founder and Director of Community Development at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science

Ingrid Burrington, artist-in-residence at Data & Society Research Institute and a fellow at Autodesk/Pier 9’s Experimental Research Lab

Natalie Campbell, independent curator and co-founder of SP Weather Station

Eric W. Sanderson, director of the Mannahatta Project, author, and Senior Conservation Ecologist, Wildlife Conservation Society

Reservations recommended:

Email RSVP@centerforbookarts.org or call 212-481-0295
Suggested donation: $10 / $5 members.

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This is the second panel in a three-part series investigating how the map can be understood as a metaphor, both as material artifact and cultural object as well as an artistic tool. Our second panel focuses on professionals and technologists working with maps, responding to the inclusion, omission, or loss of information, and projecting past data into new presentations.

The series is organized by the Center for Book Arts and made possible through a grant by the New York Chapter of the American Printing History Association.

SPWS Event at the Center for Book Arts, This Friday

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion

SP Weather Station with Rena Leinberger,
Mark Nystrom, and Chad Stayrook

Moderated by Don Russell

In conjunction with the exhibition:
Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008-2013)

Friday, February 21st, 6:30pm
Suggested donation: $10/ $5 members. Reception to follow.

The Center for Book Arts
28 W. 27th Street, 3rd Floor (Between 6th Avenue & Broadway)

Join us for presentations and discussion featuring three artists who have contributed to SP Weather Reports, moderated by Don Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Learning Project. Following brief presentations by each artist, the group will discuss aspects of the project, including the act of reporting, their relationship with data and the ‘curatorial assignment,’ the edition format, and more. More information on SP Weather Reports is online here.

Moderator Donald Russell has been a leader in the integration of contemporary arts and society since 1976. His work focuses on nurturing and amplifying artists who expand both the contents and contexts for art. He currently serves on the research faculty of George Mason University’s School of Art where he directs a research center enriching the school’s curriculum, teaching and developing international public art projects. He has extensive experience managing and directing contemporary nonprofit arts, philanthropic and publishing ventures, with special expertise at the intersection of arts and social change. He has organized over one hundred exhibitions as well as public art commissions, residencies, conferences and educational field projects with students. His work spans all contemporary art media with particular emphasis on photography, artists’ publications, public art and new media. He is interested in investigating the transformative potential of art in community development and democratic discourse in a today’s global environment. He is President of Art Resources International and Executive Director of Provisions Learning Project. He previously served as Executive Director of Washington Project for the Arts and coordinated the gallery, traveling exhibitions and artists’ bookstore at Visual Studies Workshop.  provisionslibrary.com

 

Leinberger

Rena Leinberger works primarily in sculpture, installation, public projects and photography. The projects utilize building materials as object, image and artifice, navigating our surroundings as simultaneously constructed and imaged space. These duplicative and reciprocal relationships produce an inquiry into progress, material failure, and the collapse of ideologies that accompany our architectures. Her solo exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Gallery 400 at University of Illinois of Chicago, Zg Gallery, Chicago; the Evanston Art Center, Evanston IL; 1R Gallery, Chicago; and a commissioned public project by the NYC DOT’s Urban Art Program, Queens, NYC. Her work has been included in group shows internationally in Germany, Great Britain, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates, as well as at the Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, CUE Art Foundation, MASS MoCA, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, and the City of San Antonio International Center, among others.  Awards and residencies include Joan Mitchell Foundation grants, an International Studio and Curatorial Program residency, several SUNY Research and Creative Project Grants, residencies at threewalls and Catwalk, and a fellowship in the Bronx Museum’s AIM program. She was recently a participant in Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space residency program on Governors Island, New York, and an artist-in-residence at Dickinson College. renaleinberger.com

Nystrom

Mark Nystrom is an artist and designer whose work explores visualizations of complex information and includes drawings, installations, projections and screen-based projects. He has actively exhibited in cities across the U.S. including Boston, Cincinnati, New York, and Philadelphia. His live wind drawings—generated with wind data collected at an exhibition site—have been shown in Brooklyn, New York; Asheville, Cary, and Greensboro in North Carolina; and Salisbury, Maryland. A solo exhibition of his work was recently held at the Cary Arts Center. In 2012, during the Democratic National Convention, “The Political Reporter”—a new media project that randomly generates statements using words found in online news stories—was part of an exhibition of works projected onto a twelve-story building near the convention site. Nystrom received a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech and an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design where he won two awards for outstanding work by a graduate student. He is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Art at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  marknystrom.com

stayrook

Chad Stayrook is a living and breathing artist based out of Brooklyn, NY. Stayrook holds a M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and B.F.A. from Ohio University. He is represented by Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, CA. Notable US-based exhibitions include a yearlong art expedition centered around a canoe trip up the Hudson River for Peekskill Project V at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, a multimedia participatory installation at Conflux Festival 2010 in NYC, solo exhibitions at Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco, and Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, and group exhibitions at the International Print Center New York, N.A.D.A. Miami, Contemporary Art Center, Las Vegas, Flux Factory, Queens NY, and Corcoran Gallery of Arts, Washington DC. Stayrook’s work has been featured in the Van Abbemuseum of Contemporary Art in Eindhoven Netherlands and the Incheon Artists Biennial in South Korea. Awards and residencies include the Van Lier Fellowship Award, Vox Populi Artist Fellowship, LMCC’s Swing Space Program, Harold Arts, Chesterhill OH, The Arctic Circle Program, Svalbard Norway, and the Tin Shop Studio, Breckenridge CO. Alongside his art practice, Chad works as an independent curator and is co-founder and co-director of Present Company Gallery, Brooklyn. chadstayrook.com

The exhibition SP Weather Reports (2008-2013) and related programming at the Center for Book Arts is made possible, in part, by The New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Above images:
Rena Leinberger, Stepping Into the Same Weather More Than Once (2013); Mark Nystrom, Winds (2009); Chad Stayrook, Gambling With the Weather: Roulette (2012).

Ellie Harrison presents “The Other Forecast,” Manchester UK

Artist Ellie Harrison (SP Weather Interpreter, 2010) has a new project in Manchester UK:

The Other Forecast

The Other Forecast is a new project by artists Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea made in response to the MediaCityUK site at Salford Quays (home to the new BBC and ITV studios). Six artists – Richard DeDomenici, Ellie Harrison, Shona MacNaughton, Kim Noble, John O’Shea and Yuri Pattison – have each been invited to MediaCityUK to create their own take on the familiar ‘weather forecast’. In front of a greenscreen, they will each explain to camera the interconnectedness of a variety of local and global systems – not just meteorological, but social, political or financial – presenting a different ‘worldview’ from their own personal perspective.

Each of the short films resulting from The Other Forecast will be premiered at a special launch event hosted by Ellie Harrison and John O’Shea at the University of Salford’s Digital Performance Lab on Saturday 26th October at 4pm. They will then be broadcast on the Big Screen at MediaCityUK in the week 4-10 November 2013 (at 13:30 and 17:30), and released to a global audience on the project’s YouTube channel. Please follow the project on Twitter for all the updates.

Launch Event
Saturday 26 October 2013
16:00 – 18:00

Digital Performance Lab
University of Salford
MediaCityUK
M50 2HE

Former Weather Interpreter featured as “Cold New Yorker” on CNN.com

Liz Zanis fights the weather on the CNN.com homepage this morning!

Bleeker Street Documents

SP Weather Station interpreter Peter Jellitsch has recently completed ‘Bleeker Street Documents’, a project which records and makes visible WLAN-Wireless Local Area Networks in an apartment in Manhattan. See more at: http://www.peterjellitsch.com/2012/12/21/bleecker-street-documents/

 

12/29: A Perfect Snow in NYC

By Andy Newman for The New York Times:

The ideal city snowstorm, meteorological Platonists say, blankets the landscape without burying it, beautifies but does not burden, transforms and cocoons without paralyzing or even particularly inconveniencing.

Such an event is expected to come our way on Saturday.

Flakes should begin falling around 11 a.m., as a low pressure system passes south and east of the metropolitan area, giving children plenty of time to finish a hearty breakfast.

The temperature will hover in the mid-30s – just cold enough for the snow to safely stick, but no colder. The breeze will be sufficient to make cheeks rosy, but will not slash at the skin or penetrate down the necks of parkas.

For the better part of the day, the snow will continue – gently, never blinding. By the time it ceases for good shortly before midnight, two to four inches will have fallen – just enough, perhaps, to permit sledding.

“Definitely snowfall that can be plowed,” said Dan Hoffman, a National Weather Service meteorologist, “but definitely not crippling by any means.”

At least that’s what they’re forecasting. Who knows what will really happen.

Stay safe, East Coast.

Thanks to Gothamist

Images of September 8th NYC tornadoes

From The New York Times:

Radar images / commentary from the US National Weather Service here.

Newtown Creek wrapup

Thanks to Eric Sanderson of The Welikia Project and Kate Zidar from the Newtown Creek Alliance for illuminating discussion of the Newtown Creek’s unique landscape, history & post-industrial challenges — and for pointing out avenues for future engagement.  Also many thanks to Flux Factory for hosting the event, as part of their yearlong educational intiative: The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides?

Thanks in particular to Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson and Lacey Tauber from Flux, and to all of the concerned citizens and neighbors who came out to the event.

Eric Sanderson with historic Newtown Creek map

This week – Thursday!

Thursday, July 26th 7-9PM
Flux Factory workshop in partnership with SP Weather Station

Newtown Creek: Past, Present, Future
with Eric Sanderson, Wildlife Conservation Society’s Welikia Project
and Kate Zidar, Newtown Creek Alliance

More info here

Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
Free and open to the public