Understanding Climate Complexity: Science through Art

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 14:00 to 16:00
Online event


In November 2020, COP26 should have been held in Glasgow, UK. Instead, we can use the time to increase our understanding of climate change, discover new ways to share knowledge, and build connections between those working in different fields with a shared interest in understanding and protecting the planet.

If you are an artist, creative practitioner, or a climate scientist with an interest in how science and art can work together to develop understanding of climate change, please join us for this exciting collaborative discussion event.

In this Green Tease event, Creative Carbon Scotland are working in partnership with Blue-Action. The aim of the event is to bring together climate research scientists with arts practitioners, to discuss and explore the role of the arts for developing understanding of complex science for the public.

Climate researchers from the Blue-Action project and artists experienced in working with creative data visualization will share alternative perspectives on the issues, followed by a group workshop bringing together artists and scientists to brainstorm ideas for events, projects, techniques or art works that could bring about greater public connection and understanding. Our speakers will be:

  • Dr Iuliia Polkova: Iuliia is a research scientist based at the Institute of Oceanography at the University of Hamburg. She has specific interests in climate prediction and science communication through writing, storytelling and art, which she has recently started a new research project to focus on.
  • Dr Tom Corby: Tom is an artist, writer and teacher interested in issues around climate, data and systems. His artwork (in collaboration with Gavin Baily ) has been exhibited worldwide at numerous festivals, galleries and museums including at the Institute of Contemporary Arts; Victoria and Albert Museum; Tate Online; Arts Catalyst Project Space; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Transmediale; ZKM, ISEA; Ars Electronica; the Madrid Art Fair, and the Intercommunication Centre Tokyo (ICC) amongst many others. He is currently principal investigator on the AHRC funded project "Materialising Data: Embodying Climate Change", ac Central St Martins, University of the Arts London. https://www.manifest-data.org/
  • Dr Martin Coath: Martin is a scientist, science communicator and musician currently developing and delivering projects for Plymouth University, The University of Finland, and the British Council. Famelab finalist, twice winner of I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here!, and scientific adviser and songwriter for Brainsex - a Wellcome Trust funded project developed originally for the Edinburgh Fringe.

This event will be held via Zoom. Please sign up on Eventbrite and you will receive an email on the day of the event with a link to join the online call. If you have any problems, please get in touch with lewis.coenen-rowe@creativecarbonscotland.com.


About Green Tease, Creative Carbon Scotland, and Blue Action

Green Tease is an events programme run by Creative Carbon Scotland, a network that brings together people from arts and environmental backgrounds to share knowledge, form connections and collaborate. Creative Carbon Scotland is a charity working on the role of arts and culture in tackling the climate emergency. Blue-Action is a major European research project investigating the effect of a changing Arctic on weather and climate.