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 since June 2022.
‘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 – broadcast from each station in the network- to raise the voice of the arts in our times of crisis.Working with artists and 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, broadcasting from the Jameel Arts Centre, explores atmospheric humidity- a central climatic marker of the Arabian Gulf- through a specially commissioned six episode podcast titled Relative Humidity featuring Noush Anand, Saira Ansari, Nadim Choufi, Nadine Khalil and Isaac Sullivan, Nidhi Mahajan and Deepak Unnikrishnan.
Our physical weather stations are in the form of air-to-water generators, located in the public spaces around the centre and providing visitors with fresh drinking water and insights into daily humidity and weather conditions.
On June 21, 2022 the World Weather Network launched with the performance Word Weathers, a day-long, writing exchange organised by Te Tuhi art space in Aotearoa New Zealand. Over forty voices from around the world participated in the live event, including UAE-based artists Moza Almatrooshi and Sree.
On October 9, 2022, Art Jameel hosted the Dubai iteration of the ceremony To Burn, Forest, Fire by artist Katie Paterson in collaboration with WWN member IHME Helsinki. Visit the project archive here.
Throughout June and July 2023, Art Jameel and Te Tuhi (Aotearoa New Zealand) have collaborated on a display of work by Nujoom Alghanem for the exhibition Huarere: Weather Eye, Weather Ear, curated by artist and climate scholar Janine Randerson. Te Tuhi and Art Jameel invited artist Nujoom Alghanem to present works drawn from her documentary film Honey, Rain and Dust (2016) focusing on local beekeepers and their experiences domesticating bees as well as hunting for honey. A parallel display of Nujoom’s work and research was presented at the Jameel Lobby from 15 June to 30 July, 2023.
In the fall of 2023, World Weather Network presents a specially produced film Under the Weather, featuring Dubai-based artist Ana Escobar Saavedra, among a variety of artists nominated by fellow member institutions. Together, the artists narrate a personal and intimate exploration of the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss today, as well as its relationship to cultural and artistic practice.
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