Opening 1/17/14 at Center for Book Arts, New York

Featured Artist Project: SP Weather Reports (2008–2013)

Opening Reception: Friday, January 17th 6-8 PM
On view: January 17 – March 29, 2014
Center for Book Arts, New York
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Panel Discussion: Friday, February 21, 6:30 PM

Published by SP Weather Station (Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson). Organized by Alex Campos, Executive Director.
More information on the Center for Book Arts Winter Exhibitions here.

SP Weather Station is an interdisciplinary project that collects weather data and produces weather-related events, publications, and exhibitions. Each year, SPWS publishes a collated portfolio of weather reports. One artist (or artist group) per month is invited to ‘report’ on the weather data taken by SPWS instruments on the roof of Flux Factory in Long Island City, NY. This open-ended assignment may be interpreted strictly or loosely; artists have created prints, booklets, drawings, audio files, photos and video. On view together for the first time at the Center for Book Arts are six years of SP Weather Reports: 72 reports by 85 artists.

In addition to the opening reception on January 17th, there will be a panel discussion on Friday, February 21st, 6:30 PM with artists Rena Leinberger, Mark Nystrom, and Chad Stayrook, moderated by Don Russell, Executive Director of Provisions Library in Washington DC. We hope you can join us!

Participating artists:

(2013) Eric Asboe; Louise Barry; Marianne Dages and Amze Emmons; Amanda Friedman; Anne Gilman; David Grainger; Einat Imber; Ellie Irons; May Jong; Heather Kapplow; Katherine McLeod; Sarah Nicholls

(2012) Jesper Aabile; Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz); Emily Bunker; Rachel L. Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild and Laurids Sonne; Tara Cooper; Beka Goedde; Roni Gross; Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan; Peter Jellitsch; Rena Leinberger; Paula McCartney; Jordi Williams

(2011) Emcee C.M. Master of None; Glen Einbinder; eteam; Adrienne Garbini; Hope Ginsburg; Rafael Hidalgo Mugica; Howard Huang and Michelle Rosenberg; Paul Kennedy; Travis LeRoy Southworth; Naomi Miller; Rick Myers; Chad Stayrook

(2010) Man Bartlett and Angela Washko; Carissa Carman; Cross Current Resonance Transducer [LoVid (Tali Hinkis and Kyle Lapidus) and Douglas Repetto]; Tim Dye; Nicholas Fraser; Ellie Harrison; Graham McDougal; Mark Parsons; Douglas Paulson; James Walsh; Robyn York; Liz Zanis

(2009) Susan Goethel Campbell; Mike Estabrook and Vandana Jain; Isaac Gertman; Emily Larned; Jane D. Marsching; Mark Nystrom; Graham Parker; Andrea Polli; Birgit Rathsmann; Stephanie Rothenberg; Luke Strosnider; Patricia Zarate

(2008) Leah Beeferman; Natalie Campbell, Daniel Larson, Heidi Neilson, Jing Yu, and Liz Zanis; Carrie Dashow; Neil Freeman; Richard Garrison; Michael Geminder; Katarina Jerinic; Bridget Lewis; Lize Mogel; Heidi Neilson; Chris Petrone; Sarah Nicole Phillips


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
M50 2HE

We couldn’t have put it better than this

From Blonde Art Books (check their excellent photos too):

Our first event on the Blonde Art Books tour was a huge success last night at Furthermore in Washington, DC. Blonde Art Books led a series of presentations of various local independent publishing projects. Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library shared over 30 photobooks from the library that have been donated by local artists. Natalie Campbell introduced her collaborative project SP Weather Station  (with Heidi Neilson) as well as France-based Cahiers Intempestifs, and Lauren VHS presented her on-going project Cancelled as well as her upcoming publication Non-participation. Local book-makers participated in an informal show&tell including Ginevra Shay, Renee Regan, Ryan Syrell, Kyle Tata, Bill Crandall, Martine Workman, and Bryan Minnich, among others.

Special thanks to Sonel Breslav from Blonde Art Books for instigating last night’s event and to Furthermore for hosting! We were pleased to be included among so many other great projects and to present the first opportunity for the public to view the 2012 SP Weather Reports (which can now be viewed online here). We want to join Sonel in thanking the artists/publishers who came out and share their work.

Table with the 2012 SP Weather Reports and Cahiers Intempestifs

6/13/13: Blonde Art Books @ Furthermore featuring SP Weather Reports 2012

SPWS is pleased to announce that it will be participating in the following artist book event in DC next Thursday.

Please join us! We will debut the 2012 SP Weather Reports portfolio with contributions from Rena Leinberger, Jesper Aabile, Beka Goedde, Roni Gross, Jordi Williams, Tara Cooper, Emily Bunker, Peter Jellitsch, Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz), Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan, Rachel L Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild, Laurids Sonne, and Paula McCartney.

Thursday, June 13 7–9 PM
BLONDE ART BOOKS TOUR hosted by Furthermore

52 O Street, NW | 202B
Washington, DC 20001
T: 202.330.1219

Blonde Art Books is going on tour and the first stop is Washington, DC:

Blonde Art Books’ first event outside of New York will include a display of independent publications from the Blonde Art Books inventory along-side a presentation of books by Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library, Cahiers Intempestifs, and SP Weather Station (Natalie Campbell and Heidi Neilson).

The public is invited to attend this free event and bring their recent self-published projects to participate in an informal show&tell. Blonde Art Books will be collecting select publications to be part of an ongoing collection that will travel to future cities on the tour.

2012 SP Weather Reports Assembly

Amidst an action-packed weekend SPWS met to design, build, and collate the portfolio boxes containing the 2012 SP Weather Reports.

This is the 5th portfolio we’ve published, and the process goes a little like this:

Step 1: (At the end of 2011, this time via an open call): Invite 12 artists (and collaborative teams), each of whom is assigned to create a weather report for one month of the coming year, in response to the data from our rooftop station in LIC.

Step 2:
Every month, send the designated Weather Interpreter a spreadsheet (it records temperature, pressure, humidity, wind speed/direction, and precipitation at 5 minute intervals) of the data from their month. What the artist does with the information at that point is undefined.

Step 3:
At the beginning of the following year, remind artists that we’ll be collecting their homework – 30 copies (editions, multiples, series, examples) in all. Gather info on the forthcoming work and wait for it to arrive.

Above: Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan signing reports for October @ CBA (conveniently enough)

Step 4:
Sometime in the spring (say May 18th), design some kind of reasonably sized archival enclosure from gray cardboard, following the utilitarian format we fell into in 2008. Usually, we do this at the Center for Book Arts, NYC. Often the design and trickier handwork is Heidi’s department. Natalie schleps supplies, operates the computer, and tries not to cut her finger off. Production mode requires division of labor.


Step 5 (ok maybe this is step 3.5-4.5):
Opening day! This is the best part: unwrapping all the thoughtfully packed works to see what everyone came up with. We’re only going to give you a tiny peek.

Above: September report by Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz)

Step 6: Once all the boxes are built, collate editions into their respective boxes.


Step 6.5: Whew.

Step 7: (Almost there) Once everything is received and in place, pack and send off editions #1-#12 to the participating artists, and start trying to find homes for the remaining editions with libraries and collections.

The 2012 SP Weather Reports includes work by: Rena Leinberger, Jesper Aabile, Beka Goedde, Roni Gross, Jordi Williams, Tara Cooper, Emily Bunker, Peter Jellitsch, Birds’ Ear View Collective (Jon Barraclough and Alexandra Wolkowicz), Kyle Holland and Elizabeth Sheehan, Rachel L Cohn, Frej Meinild Larsen, Ebbe Dam Meinild, Laurids Sonne, and Paula McCartney. Stay tuned for information about release of the finished portfolio.

Tide and Current Taxi expedition

On Saturday, May 18, at dawn, SP Weather Station partnered with Marie Lorenz’s Tide and Current Taxi on a water-borne dérive in Jamaica Bay. We brought along maps of flight paths and Atlantic coast bird migration routes and, very loosely, let them guide our journey.

Marie’s blog entry gives a pretty great overview of the day.

Charles Koegel, “Weather Report”

On view in “Part of the Story,” Lower East Side Printshop, NYC (through May 12):


Charles Koegel, “Weather Report,” 2013

Ellie Irons in “Drawn to Nature,” Wave Hill

2013 SPWS Weather Interpreter Ellie Irons will present a range of pieces from her Invasive Pigments project, opening tomorrow. Ellie will conduct a workshop this Saturday April 6th from 12–2pm; the exhibition reception is on Sunday, April 7th from 2–4:30pm. Full details/link below!

Drawn to Nature
Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery
April 2 – June 16, 2013

Directions & shuttle info here

Happy World Meteorological Day

March 23 is WMO World Meteorological Day! Celebrate by viewing the World Weather Watch photo exhibition via flickr :

Get the flash player here:

‘Types of Weather’ exhibition in Germany

08.03.2013 – 19.05.2013 isolated showers – TYPES OF WEATHER

From the website, thanks to google translate:

The starting point of the exhibition “Chance Showers – forms of weather” is the surprisingly large number of current artists whose interest in the weather is fed by its complex connections with our immediate reality of life: in her oeuvre given concrete form and effects of the weather plays a central space. Phenomena such as snow, ice, rain, fog, clouds, wind / storm, lightning and sunshine are examined and aesthetic constellations transferred, sometimes they are even a genuine component of the works by the materials are exposed to the weather, or by in the work of “real” rain or storms. Some artists focused on the desire to record the weather, check or simulate can and ask for the controllability of nature. For other artists, the weather becomes a metaphor. The exhibition “Chance of Showers – forms of weather “It’s about the possibility of the perception of weather – as a precondition for discussion technological or policy change. In this respect, the project could be classified as a kind of artistic foundation. The exhibition spans the entire exhibition space (800 sq m) of the Frankfurter Kunstverein, in a variety of planned activities are new productions.

Participating artists: Stefania Batoeva (b. 1981, BG, lives in London), Daniel Gustav Cramer (born 1975, UK, lives in Berlin), Spencer Finch (b. 1962, U.S., lives in Brooklyn), Sebastian Grafe (born . 1976, UK, lives in Berlin), George Kuchar (1942-2011, U.S.), Gerhard Lang (b. 1962, UK, lives in New York), Flo Maak (b. 1980, UK, lives in Frankfurt), Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (born 1961, ES, lives in Chicago), Matthias Meyer (b. 1972, UK, lives in Hamburg), Rivane Neuenschwander (b. 1967, BR, lives in Belo Horizonte), Iris Schomaker (b. 1973 , DE, lives in Berlin), Klaus Weber (b. 1967, UK, lives in Berlin), John Woodman (born 1949, UK, lives in Carlisle Cumbria)

Curator: Antje Krause-election