Category Archives: SP Guest Lecturer Series

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

7/26/12: Newtown Creek – Past, Present Future | Eric Sanderson and Kate Zidar

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 

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

SPWS is pleased to partner with Flux Factory on the third workshop in Flux’s yearlong initiative, The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? This ongoing monthly series invites New Yorkers to effectively envision and enact their advocacy skills through open dialogue, and to unpack the assumptions that frame how we address neighborhood concerns.

The July workshop will focus on Newtown Creek: one of the most polluted industrial sites in America, bordering Flux Factory’s Long Island City neighborhood. Eric Sanderson of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Welikia Project will share historical research he’s collected on the creek and surrounding watershed, with the aim of making information available to artists, designers, city planners, and other interested parties for widespread use in restoring its original splendor. Kate Zidar, Executive Director of Newtown Creek Alliance, will present information on the current state of the creek, including how community members can participate in materializing visions for its future.

The Future of Your Neighborhood: Who Decides? will continue into 2013 with workshops on urban agriculture, historic preservation, sustainable transportation, and other topics near and dear to New Yorkers. If you have an idea for a workshop, please email christina[at]fluxfactory[dot]org.

This educational initiative is organized by Christina Vassallo, Douglas Paulson and Lacey Tauber. It is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Welikia Project’s work on Newtown Creek is supported by the NYCEF Newtown Creek Fund administered through the Hudson River Foundation.

SPWS & Observatory present Charles Stankievech, 5/20/12

Sunday, May 20th, 7 PM
SP Weather Station and Observatory present:

Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar:
Electromagnetic Infrastructure and Outpost Architecture in the Arctic
Lecture and audiovisual presentation by Charles Stankievech

Image: Das Eismeer aus Licht, NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day, Feb 8, 2011. © Charles Stankievech + Anna Sophie Springer, 2011

543 Union Street at Nevins Street, Brooklyn (directions below)
$5 suggested donation

Over the Rainbow, Under the Radar is an audiovisual presentation of Charles Stankievech’s experience of the Arctic as a hybrid zone of brute reality and fantasy projection. Combining archival material, scientific theories, geopolitical maps and the artist’s own fieldworks, the lecture engages ideas of military colonialism and communication technology embedded in the sublime landscape. Stemming from Stankievech’s time living in Northern Canada and travelling to remote military outposts, Over the Rainbow draws from primary research ranging from his visit to the archives at Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology as well as a residency with the Canadian Department of National Defense at the northernmost settlement in the world (the Signals Intelligence Station ALERT). The resulting material includes images and video taken by the artist published by NASA and commissioned by the National Arts Centre in Ottawa, as well as shown in museums and galleries from Palais de Toyko, Paris to the Musee d’art Contemporain in Montréal. The lecture was originally commissioned for the Phyllis Lambert Seminar 2011 at Université de Montréal.

About Charles Stankievech:
Charles Stankievech is an artist who creates “fieldworks.” His diverse body of work has been shown at such places as the Palais de Toyko (Paris), International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2010, Germany), Xth Biennale of Architecture(Venice), Eyebeam + ISSUE Project Room (New York), the Musee d’art contemporain Montreal and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. He has curated such unorthodox exhibitions as Magnetic NorthsA Wake For St. Kippenberger’s MetroNet, and the series OVER THE WIRE with Lawrence Weiner, Gary Hill, Tim Hecker, Centre for Land Use Interpretation, Lize Mogel and others. His writings have been included in academic journals, such as Leonardo Music Journal (MIT Press) and 306090(Princeton Architectural Press), artist’s catalogues and translated into several languages. Stankievech holds an MFA in Open Media with a thesis on sound and architecture and a previous critical theory thesis on Slavoj Žižek and Franz Kafka. He currently is artist-in-residence with the Canadian Department of National Defense with a sortie to CFS ALERT—northernmost settlement in the world and active signals intelligence station. Upcoming projects include a public art commission by the government of Washington, D.C., the exhibition Oh, Canada at MASSMoCA, and artist-in-residence at Marfa, Texas. A founding faculty member of the Yukon School of Visual Arts in Dawson City, Stankievech splits his spacetime between the Yukon and Berlin.

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Nathalie Miebach in the NY Times

An update on Nathalie Miebach, a guest lecturer in 2009:

The New York Times / Business Day
Science to Art, and Vice Versa

Published: July 9, 2011

NATHALIE MIEBACH uses science to make art. A sculptor who lives in Brookline, Mass., she translates weather data and other scientific measurements into three-dimensional objects that accurately display temperature variations, barometric pressure and moon phases, among other things.

Nathalie Miebach wearing her basket sculpture, which plots astronomical data.
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AIR/LAUNCH event – May 15, 2011

SP Weather Station presents


Sunday, May 15 2011 4:00 PM
Flux Factory: 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City

Free and open to the public

In the first of a series of events related to Air, Water, Earth and Fire:

Artist Susan Goethel Campbell will talk about her air-related work and launch a new air project that invites public participation, creating a temporary installation at Flux Factory. The latest installment of Campbell’s ongoing project “Dirty Pictures: Portraits of Air” will be on view.

SP Weather Station will conduct a brief introduction to unorthodox “launches” while launching the 2010 edition of the SP Weather Station Weather Reports.

Each portfolio in the edition of 30 Weather Reports contains 12 works produced by 12 different artists or artist groups who were invited to respond to any aspect of one month of SP Weather Station data in any format they desired. Works from the portfolio, including audio, books, drawings, and prints, will be on display; the portfolio will also be for sale. Participating artists include: (January) Liz Zanis; (February) Graham McDougal; (March) James Walsh; (April) Carissa Carman; (May) Mark Parsons; (June) Tim Dye; (July) Douglas Paulson; (August) Robyn York; (September) Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto]; (October) Nicholas Fraser; (November) Man Bartlett and Angela Washko; (December) Ellie Harrison.

Come and celebrate with us! This event is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funding from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.


About Susan Goethel Campbell:

Susan Goethel Campbell creates work that explores the intersection of nature and engineered environments. Her prints, drawings, artist books and video projects have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad including the Drawing Center and The International Print Center in New York. In 2009 she received a generous Artist Fellowship from the Kresge Foundation to create work inspired by her interest in weather and climate. In 2008, she was awarded a printmaking residency at the Flemish Center for Graphic Arts in Kasterlee, Belgium. Her work is in major public and private collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, Toledo Museum of Art and University of Michigan Special Collections Library. Her work is currently on view in a group exhibition at Fred Torres Collaboration in Chelsea through June 11.

Image: still from Susan Goethel Campbell’s video Detroit Weather: 365 Days, 2011.

Upcoming Guest Lecture:
Anton Seimon on Storm Chasing

Join us for a talk on Storm Chasing: Sunday, October 17 at 4 pm
Location: Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, NY 11101. [Directions here]
Climate scientist Anton Seimon applies research on global climate change to environmental conservation for the Wildlife Conservation Society. With work in the high Andes of Peru and the Albertine Rift area in Africa, he monitors climate change adaptation and changes in biodiversity patterns with deglaciation. Formerly a tornado and severe storm researcher, Anton Seimon is an avid storm chaser and will be sharing images and stories from the 2010 storm season.

Articles on Anton’s work:
‘Living the High Life: The mountaintop environment of the Andes harbors a Noah’s ark of previously undocumented species,’ by Kevin Krajick with photographs by Carsten Peter in Natural History Magazine, September 2006.
‘Chasing Tornadoes,’ by Priit J. Vesilind with photographs by Carsten Peter, in National Geographic Magazine, April 2004.

photo by Tracie Seimon

“To Let” Exhibition and SPWS Twilight Talk, Ithaca NY

“To Let” Exhibition

Opening reception Friday, July 3rd from 4-6PM!
(Walking tours depart at 4:30pm and 5:30pm)
Bernie Milton Pavilion, Ithaca Commons, Ithaca NY

Followed by a Twilight Talk by SP Weather Station: “Taxonomy of Taxonom(ies) of Clouds,” Ithaca Commons Amphitheater ~ 9 PM

“To Let” is a collaborative community project that invites landlords to temporarily donate the use of unrented retail spaces to the program and engages artists to create installations in storefront windows. (more info:

Organized and curated by The Working Relationship, sponsored by the Downtown Ithaca Alliance, and supported by local landlords, “To Let” features projects by local, regional and national artists. The first round of to Let presents works by SP Weather Station (Natalie Campbell, Heidi Neilson & Daniel Larson), Jessica Evett-Miller, Lindsey Glover, Roman Hrab, M. Michelle Illuminato, Paul M. Nicholson, Tom Oberg and others.   Projects include the “Weather Metabulator,” using real time weather data to create output using an adapted, vintage medical device; “A Plastic Garden” turning cast-off materials and donated plastic flowers into a growing diorama; “Night and Day” using sound and images of surveillance to investigate privacy in public spaces; and “Colonial Left” displaying objects of the Colonial style to question their meaning in our lives.

The SPWS Weather Metabulator is on view in the 208 E. State Street storefront.


SPWS Guest Lecture 3/1/09: 3 Weather Talks in the Panorama!

In conjunction with the Queens International 4 at the Queens Museum of Art

SP Weather Station Guest Lecture series presents:

3 Weather Talks in the Panorama

Sunday, March 1st, 2:00 PM (repeats at 4:00*)
(open to the public / museum admission is $5 suggested donation)

Isaac Gertman
NYC Weather Apocalypse in Film

Kenneth Goldsmith
reads from his book “The Weather”

SP Weather Station
Clouds of New York Slideshow

Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
for details/directions:

(*4:00 PM program by Isaac Gertman & SP Weather Station only)

About Isaac Gertman: 
Isaac Gertman is a designer, educator, and occasional writer. He has written for STEP Magazine and the design blog SpeakUp. He has taught typography at the Rhode Island School of Design, and currently teaches environmental graphic design at Parsons the New School for Design. Isaac received a masters degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a bachelors from Maryland Institute College of Art. His work will be featured in the book A Thousand Tips by a Hundred Graphic Designers, released by Spanish publisher Maomao  in 2009. He lives in Brooklyn, and has no plans to ever move to Manhattan. (

About Kenneth Goldsmith:
Kenneth Goldsmith’s writing has been called some of the most “exhaustive and beautiful collage work yet produced in poetry” by Publishers Weekly. The author of seven books of poetry, founding editor of the online archive UbuWeb (, and the editor of I’ll Be Your Mirror: The Selected Andy Warhol Interviews, Goldsmith is also the host of a weekly radio show on New York City’s WFMU. He teaches writing at The University of Pennsylvania, where he is a senior editor of PennSound, an online poetry archive. More about Goldsmith can be found on his author’s page at the University of Buffalo’s Electronic Poetry Center:

About SP Weather Station:
SP Weather Station is an artist-run weather station based on a studio rooftop in Long Island City, New York. Co-founded by Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson in 2007, SP Weather Station is an interdisciplinary project which collects weather data, hosts a Guest Lecture Series, and produces artist multiples. As an informal umbrella organization, SPWS invites participation from many other artists, groups, and weather enthusiasts.

In conjunction with its participation in the Queens International 4, SPWS is organizing a series of lectures at the Queens Museum of Art featuring Nathalie Miebach, Isaac Gertman, Kenneth Goldsmith, and Jane D. Marsching.


(poster by Natalie Campbell & Isaac Gertman)

Weather Suits for Cities

This past Saturday, Nathalie Miebach spoke at the Queens Museum of Art as part of the SPWS guest lecture series, and in conjunction with Queens International 4 Public Programs.

Nathalie described how she takes weather data and translates it by hand into amazing woven sculptures. Data for specific periods of time and place are represented by color, material or type of placement—parameters defined ahead of time—and then the sculpture emerges in the weave from the dictates of the data, the end result not known at the outset.

Taking direct atmospheric observations into account through recent art residencies in very different weather environments—the tides of Cape Cod and the tornados of Nebraska—she explores the role visual aesthetics and personal experience play in understanding scientific information.

The weather data in her sculptural forms can also be interpreted as music, where a new sort of musical score can be read directly, in a spiral, from the weave. She is currently collaborating with musicians to interpret these sculptures-as-music, and played 2 examples of remarkably different interpretations of the same sculpture, one by horn, one by piano.

For more information on Nathalie’s work, and where to see it in person at her upcoming shows,  visit Thanks much to Nathalie for sharing your work with us!

SP Weather Station in Queens International 4

Please join us!

SP Weather Station in:
QUEENS INTERNATIONAL 4: A Biennial Survey of Artists Living or Working in Queens January 24 – April 26, 2009

Opening reception: Saturday, January 24, 6pm-12am featuring live performances & screenings

Queens Museum of Art
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

Featuring contributions from:

Andrea Polli and Chuck Varga of Hello Weather!
( Guest Weather Station on the QMA Rooftop

Daniel Larson: Weather Metabulator

Leah Beeferman, Natalie Campbell, Susan Goethel Campbell, Carrie Dashow, Mike Estabrook, Neil Freeman, Richard Garrison, Michael Geminder, Vandana Jain, Katarina Jerinic, Daniel Larson, Bridget Lewis, Lize Mogel, Heidi Neilson, Chris Petrone, Sarah Nicole Phillips, Jing Yu, Liz Zanis: SP Weather Reports, January 2008 – February 2009

As well as Guest Lecture Posters, a Cloud Identification Area, and MORE!

Upcoming SP Weather Station Guest Lectures at QI4:

Saturday, February 7, 2pm: Nathalie Miebach
Boston-based sculptor who translates weather data into woven sculptures, speaking about her evolving project “Weather Suits for Cities” and related work

Sunday, March 1, Time TBD:
In conjunction with MetLife First Sundays for Families at the QMA, SPWS presents 3 talks in the Queens Museum’s Panorama of the City of New York:
Isaac Gertman video presentation: Weather Apocalypse NYC
Kenneth Goldsmith reads from his book, “The Weather”
SP Weather Station slideshow on Clouds of New York

Saturday, April 4, 2pm: Jane Marsching
Digital media artist speaking about her current project, “Arctic Listening Post,” and related work