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Rachel Jacobs, The prediction Machine

The Prediction Machine is an interactive artwork that uses meteorological data to print out climate fortunes based on the weather today and predictions for the future. The Prediction Machine will be part of the 'Rights of Nature' exhibition in the Nottingham Contemporary from Tue. 3 - Sun. 15 March. 

The Prediction Machine was developed as part of Nowcasting by the artist Rachel Jacobs as a way of marking and understanding ‘moments of climate change’ that we might experience in our everyday lives – snow on a summers day, hurricanes and floods like we’ve never seen, in places we would never expect, 3 months of drought, the apple tree that has begun to blossom and fruit at the same time. The Prediction Machine was developed in collaboration and through conversations with local residents, engineers, computer scientists, climate scientists and researchers. This input fed into the final work, merging localised knowledge with scientific thinking to address how we can respond to the changing climate.  The Prediction Machine was presented at Pilkington Library and then relocated to Loughborough Library in October 2014.

Prediction Machine Workshops
During May - September 2014 Rachel Jacobs led a series of monthly workshops as part of The Prediction Machine, inviting staff, students and local resident to explore ways of marking and understanding 'moments of climate change'. Over the 5 months a core group of participants took part in a range of activities, from using their bodies as human sensors to creating felt visualisations to map different weather scenarios. The participants constructed their own predictions which featured within the final machine, and helped to connect these to the climate data. Shorter sessions also took place with the Creative Writing Group and a womens craft group who meet at Loughborough Library. We would like to thank all the participants who took part in the workshops and were so generous with their time and enthusiasm.

Rachel Jacobs  is an artist, curator, lecturer and co-founder of the award winning artist-led company Active Ingredient.  She has created and managed a large portfolio of interactive artworks, art games, media projects, exhibitions and generative artworks since co-founding the collective in 1997.  Since 2012 Rachel has been developing her own individual practice, extended through her PhD investigating how artists are working with scientific data.

The Prediction Machine was developed with support from the Geography Department, Loughborough University. The artwork takes place alongside a wider research project at Horizon Digital Economy Hub and The Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.  Funded by the Arts Council of England and Horizon Digital Economy Research, RCUK. The work has received specialist support from Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth, Dr Carlo Buontempo.

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