In 2018 I coordinated the design and development of the here and now digital artwork, which was exhibited at the Great North Museum: Hancock during the Great Exhibition of the North. This is part of an ongoing collaboration I am coordinating between Open Lab and the School of Engineering at Newcastle University, the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at Manchester University, FutureEverything, and the Great North Museum: Hancock. The larger collaboration is exploring how interactive media and technology can support public engagement with climate change (in a more poetic rather than ‘preachy’ manner), and encourage collective action as a result.
The digital artwork combines artefacts from the Great North Museum: Hancock and elsewhere, with data about our environment to tell stories of how we are changing our world and our world is changing us. The artwork is designed to be experienced at a large scale, for example filling a darkened gallery wall. There is an accompanying website, including an online version of the digital artwork and further information about the objects and datasets used.
The digital artwork was devised and built by Dan Hett with some additional coding by Martin O’Leary. I provided creative direction on how the various elements could be brought together, sound recording and editing, and additional photography and photogrammetry.