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Roger f malina observatoire astronomique de marseille provence for ecomedia feb 2009

What is a Climate Artist ?: Or Making Science IntimateThe Scientific Method as a Territory for Artistic Experimentation

Roger F Malina

Observatoire Astronomique de Marseille Provence


Ecomedia Feb 2009

Arrhenius 1896 on the influence of carbonic acid in the air upon the temperature of the ground

Arrhenius 1896 :On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air upon the Temperature of the Ground

Modern science doesnt make common sense

Modern Science Doesnt Make Common Sense

Most knowledge about our world now comes through scientific instruments

Few people have experience of mediated senses

Much science is now done by experiments on data rather than experiments on the world

Most of the world isnt on human scales

Nano science

Femto physics

Our intuition, languages, metaphors, arts are built training on the wrong data for survival

Fast small our size large

Living in New Scales cf Cheese Diagram Guardans, Czegledy SLOW........................................................................................................



Augmented senses sight touch temporality

Augmented Senses: MediterraneanSight , Touch, Temporality …………

Modern science does not make common sense

Modern Science does not Make Common Sense Mediterranean

We need a new sensuality

We need a new sociology of science

Most science is done in protected semi monastic enclaves

Science is a Cargo Cult

We need to remotivate a scientific understand the world

« society » no longer think science is a priority for government spending or for peoples careers

Need the « hard humanities »


The evolving scientific method

The Evolving Scientific Method Mediterranean

Physical « Laws »:

Compact Descriptions of the World

Experiments on the world


Virtual Worlds that mimic our World

Retrodiction vs Prediction

Pattern Recognition:

The « petabyte » era

Doing experiments on data about the world

Extrapolation vs Explanation

The evolving scientific method1

The Evolving Scientific Method Mediterranean

The Mysterious Effectiveness of Mathematics

New mathematics: complexity theory, network theory

Computable worlds. Algorithms

Causality as an emergent property

The Mysterious Effectiveness of Instruments

Our Senses are Filters not Windows on the World

Other scales of size, time, other sources of energy

New Ontologies

Some aspects of the world cannot be understood until we have invented the right instrument

The scientific method as a territory for artistic experimentation

The Scientific Method as a Territory for Artistic Experimentation

Forming intuition on mediated sensory data

Designing/Interacting with simulated systems

Making sense of dense data, petabyte era

Making Science Intimate

Peoples Science

Micro Science

New Ontologies, New Intuitions,New Sensuality

Muliple modes to mediated sensuality

Muliple Modes to Mediated Sensuality Experimentation


«  ownership of the data about ones own

environment »

Peoples Science: « public science »


 » distributed and open science »


Roger f malina observatoire astronomique de marseille provence for ecomedia feb 2009

. Experimentation

Micro Science:

Coupling Common Sense to Common Science


Micro Science is to the National Science Foundation

What Micro Credit is to the World Bank

Making science intimate

Owning data about your own environment

Science creating communities own their knowledge

Building intution, language from mediated sensory experience

Science- Art Projects and Art-Science Projects

Art driven use of scientific methods and instruments

Science driven development of cultural artifacts

The sound of trees growing

The Sound of Trees Growing Experimentation

David Dunn (composer, sound artist)

Jim Crutchfield ( complexity scientist)

Artist driven recording of sounds of trees growing led to research project in the coupling of ultrasound from trees, beetles, forest fire system dynamics

Calm technologies distributed sensing locative media

Calm Technologies/Distributed Sensing/Locative Media Experimentation

Weiner 1991 Xerox Parc

Eg Eric Paulos, Intel

active participation in basic scientific data gathering

richer, finer-grain data sets for modeling

mobile phone for grassroots participation in government and policy making

Trash Truck project

Intimate science pigeon blog b da costa inside outside handbag katherine moriwaki

Intimate Science ExperimentationPigeon Blog ( B Da Costa)Inside Outside Handbag (Katherine Moriwaki )

Mediated sensuality 1904 2004 cezanne mont st victoire sabine raaf translator ii

Mediated Sensuality Experimentation1904 2004 Cezanne: Mont St Victoire.........Sabine Raaf: Translator II

New corporality physical virtual stelarc char davies

New Corporality Experimentation; Physical, VirtualStelarc Char Davies

Immersion in extreme environments antarctica deserts marco peljham and macrolab

Immersion in Extreme Environments ExperimentationAntarctica......Deserts…Marco Peljham and Macrolab

Hybrid bodies eg marcel li antunez roca in zero gravity

Hybrid Bodies Experimentationeg Antunez Roca in zero gravity

Nano intuition feeling molecules sommerer mignoneau

Nano Intuition : Experimentationfeeling moleculesSommerer/Mignoneau

Embedded in peta data sets donna cox ruth west weather data bases protein sequence data

Embedded in Peta-Data Sets ExperimentationDonna CoxRuth WestWeather Data Bases Protein Sequence Data

People s science

People’s Science Experimentation

  • Bharat Gyan Vigyan Samiti: Indian People’s Science Networks

  • Brazil Digital Culture projects

  • Sergipe « Human Project »

    • Humbi Umbi in Brazil

  • Srishti School, Bangalore

  • Ubiquitous micro science producing communities

  • Open Hardware

  • Hacker Culture, Bricolabs


Crowd sourcing

Crowd-Sourcing Experimentation

Distributed Science

BOINC : Berkeley Open Infrastructure Network Computing

SETI@home search for extraterrestial intelligence , climate modelling

Philanthropy 2 0 open innovation

Philanthropy 2.0: Experimentation« open innovation »


Organisations can submit problems for solution

Together with award incentive

Over 200 problems solved to date

Problem solving communities outside the Academy


Roger f malina observatoire astronomique de marseille provence for ecomedia feb 2009

How Experimentation

Artists in Labs

Scientists in Studios

Town Scientists

Micro Science funding

Open sourcing of data about your own world OPEN OBSERVATORIES

Developing the ‘hard humanities’ to change the content and direction of science

Artsactive network artists in r and d labs programs www artsactive net

ArtsActive Network ExperimentationArtists in R and D Labs

  • Observers: James Leach, Emmanuel Mahe (Orange), Bronac Ferran, Sammuelle Carlson.Robert Thill

  • List of patents filed by artists

  • Exchange of Intellectual Property approaches

  • Jurying systems

  • Announcements

  • Scientists in cultural organisations ?

Art in Labs, Switzerland, Jill Scott


Symbiotica Australia

Dissonancias, :Laboral, Spain

Art and Genomics: Holland

ECTOPIA; Portugal

FUSE/CADRE: .Climate Clock

UK ITEM, ArtsCatalyst,FACT/ Blue Sky Residencies

Leonardo - UCB Space Sciences

Leonardo/POP SUD France


From landscape artists to climate artists see saul griffith the game plan

From Landscape Artists to Climate Artists ExperimentationSee Saul Griffith: The Game Plan


Thanks Experimentation