World Weather Network
Art Jameel is one of 28 arts organisations from around the world forming the World Weather Network, a global ‘weather reporting’ project running from June 2022 to June 2023.
‘World Weather’ amplifies our understanding of weather and connects the voices of artists and lived experience in a climate crisis without precedent. Mindful of complex atmospheric concerns and caring for our global co-habitants, the World Weather Network shares different weather realities to raise the voice of the arts in our times of crisis.
From each station in the network, artists and writers will share their weather worlds on a new online platform World Weather Network, creating a conversation of world voices through observations, stories and forecasts. Engaging scientists, environmentalists and concerned communities, the World Weather Network brings together diverse world views and different knowledge systems, localities and languages.
Art Jameel’s weather station, located in the desert gardens, the Jameel Library and public spaces of the Jameel Arts Centre, explores atmospheric humidity, a central climatic marker of the Arabian Gulf, accompanied by on-site air-to-water generators, providing visitors with fresh drinking water and insights into daily humidity and weather conditions.
The Art Jameel station’s weather reports primarily take the form of narrative podcast episodes by artists and writers, released throughout the year, that explore themes including The Threshold, Sweat and Labour and Techno futures. Contributors to the podcast series include: Noush Anand, Saira Ansari, Nadim Choufi, Nadine Khalil, Nidhi Mahajan and Deepak Unnikrishnan among others.
The podcasts will be released at regular intervals during the project and can be accessed via our website and physically on site at the Jameel Arts Centre weather stations located in the gardens and lobby, where atmospheric water generators create high quality drinking water from the air.
Marking the June 21 launch of the World Weather Network is Word Weathers, a global, live performance and writing exchange that sees the weather recorded over a full 24-hour period, marking the winter/summer solstice. Artspace Te Tuhi, located in the Pacific Rim (Te Moana Nui A Kiwa), invited Art Jameel to participate, who in turn commissioned Moza Almatrooshi and Sree; the two UAE artists join more than 40 creatives around the world, who each log-on at dawn in their timezone to write and perform online. For more information and to tune in, check Tetuni.art
Participating weather stations:
ARTINGENIUM, San Sebastián
ART JAMEEL, Dubai
ART SONJE CENTER, Seoul
BUNDANON, New South Wales
DHAKA ART SUMMIT, Bangladesh
ENOURA OBSERVATORY, Japan
NICOLETTA FIORUCCI FOUNDATION, Grasse
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, Newfoundland
FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO, Torino
HOLT-SMITHSON FOUNDATION, New Mexico
ICELANDIC ARTS CENTRE, Reykjavik
IHME HELSINKI, Helsinki
KHOJ, New Delhi
RUYA FOUNDATION, Iraq
SOPHIA POINT, Guyana
TERRA FOUNDATION, Comporta
TE TUHI, Aotearoa / New Zealand
UCCA, Beijing / Qinhuangdao
YINKA SHONIBARE FOUNDATION, Lagos / Ijebu
32 DEGREES EAST, UgandaSEE ALL EVENTS