Artists take the earth’s temperature for the World Weather Network – Art | Basel

Robert Smithson's earthwork, Spiral Jetty at Rozel Point, Utah on the shore of the Great Salt Lake (by Daniel Betts CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr)

From Iceland to Bangladesh, a new kind of weather station is mapping out the stark effects of climate change…
Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time, but it’s a subject on which artists and writers have been slow starters. ‘The natural world has always been their territory,’ explains Michael Morris… ‘Yet they haven’t been part of the climate conversation in the way they might be. We wanted to combine the knowledge of scientists and the imagination of artists…’

The climate change clues hidden in the work of Canaletto – Royal Museums Greenwich

"Il Canal Grande e la chiesa di Santa Maria della Salute" by Canaletto (courtesy of Accademia di Carrara Bergamo CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia).

Canaletto’s paintings of Venice portray an apparently timeless city. But look a little closer, and all is not as it seems..

For 150 years, tide gauges have recorded the sea level around the city of Venice. These careful, consistent measurements help Venetians understand the risk of flooding in their city, and are also used by scientists to predict how fast sea levels may rise in the future…

Where Walruses Go When Sea Ice Is Gone – the New Yorker

Walrus at Poolepynten, Svalbard, Arctic (by Gary Bembridge CC BY 2.0 via Flickr)

The short documentary “Haulout” follows a scientist on a remote Arctic beach who witnesses the chaotic effects of climate change on Pacific walruses – film by Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev…

In 2018, in the Siberian Arctic, the filmmakers Evgenia Arbugaeva and Maxim Arbugaev, who are sister and brother, arrived on a strange beach. “The sand was of dark colour, full of bones, and smelled terrible…”

Six Art Installations Making Sea Level Rise Visible – Metropolis

Waterlicht Museumplein Amsterdam by Daan Roosegaarde (Studio Roosegaarde CC BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr).

Around the globe, artists are reckoning with climate change and finding new ways to render the impacts of rising seas legible…

“Quite often on the news you’ll see these graphs showing sea level rise and flooding levels, and it can be quite hard to grasp the magnitude of it all,” says architect Andre Kong. “With something that devastating, how can you understand what it actually looks like and what it actually means?

The Art at COP27 Offered Opportunities to Move Beyond ‘Empty Words’ – Inside Climate News

Bodies Joined by a Molecule of Air by Invisible Flock arts studio and Jon Bausor, November 10, 2022 (by Kiara Worth, UNClimateChange CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr).

While the goal of effecting decisive global change proved largely elusive at the United Nations’ annual climate conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the art at COP27 offered other road maps for moving forward…
“You can’t keep having these conversations amongst yourselves as politicians and academics and scientists,” (Egyptian-Lebanese artist, Bahia Shehab) said. “We’re not getting anywhere. We need to open up the conversation.”


Snippet from the New Yorker Article: Climate Change from A to Z

In an urgent and beautifully composed call to action in the format of an “A to Z” narrative accompanied by bold illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook, Elizabeth Kolbert mixes serious informative facts with a dash of wry humor to acknowledge our collective failure to adequately address our climate crisis while offering some possible tools to help us try harder and do better.

This artist gets up to her neck in water to spread awareness of climate change – NPR

View out to Sea, Portugal © 2015 Deepika Shrestha Ross

Sarah Cameron Sunde, an interdisciplinary artist, was visiting Maine in 2013…The tides struck her as the perfect metaphor for sea level rise…Three days later… she returned… for a “durational performance.” Sunde began standing at the edge of the water at low tide, and, in front of other artists from the retreat she had been attending, she continued to stand until the water rose up to her neck. She stayed until the next low tide, nearly 13 hours total.

A Fossil Museum Uses the Past to Reimagine Climate’s Future – The New York Times

A detail from the frieze above the front entrance to the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits (by John Fladd CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

As the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum undergoes a major redesign, its leaders hope it can do more to engage the public and educate visitors about the realities of climate change.

“How we present this information in a way it can help communities is a challenge,” she said. “If you go too far in the hope direction, it goes against the science. But we need to bring people in.” – Dr. Lori Bettison-Varga

Interview: Manufactured Beauty and Default Photographs – Lens Culture

A young man views one of Anastasia Samoylova's photos at the Deutsche Börse exhibition at the Photographers' Gallery in London, 2022 (by Garry Knight CC BY 2.0 via Flickr).

“I want to immerse the viewer within the daily happenings of the environment I am depicting. It might not always be flooded, but you see the indicators of fragility and vulnerability… It’s important that people learn to read and interpret all types of images for themselves, rather than relying on a National Geographic report.” – Anastasia Samoylova