Nowcasting took place between March – October 2014 and included new commissions by Rachel Jacobs, Alistair McClymont and James Bridle created in response to Loughborough Universities weather station. The programme launched on World Meteorological Day, Sunday 23 March 2014, with a meteorological fair featuring artist’s projects, experiments and demonstrations.
Each of the commissions utilised data generated via the weather station to open new ways of engaging with issues around climate science. They created experiences and narratives which attempted to provoke personal and emotional responses to the effects of our localised weather, whilst offering insights into the ways in which it is connected with wider climate systems.
The programme was developed from an initial interest in localised gathering of weather data and its relationship to global climate fluctuations. Informed by the research of Rob Wilby, Professor of Hydroclimatic Modelling within the Geography Department at Loughborough University, the programme considered ways in which we can understand and interact with the phenomena of weather and the role that artists can play in bridging scientific thinking with everyday experiences.