IHME Helsinki joins World Weather Network

20/06/2022

World Weather Network Trailer on Vimeo ©WORLDWEATHERNETWORK. Footage includes: Robert Smithson, Spiral Jetty (1970), Great Salt Lake, Utah © Holt/Smithson Foundation and Dia Art Foundation, Artist Rights Society, New York Sophia Point Rainforest Centre © Nicola Green 2020.

IHME Helsinki has been invited to be part of the international World Weather Network, alongside 27 other leading organizations that commission contemporary art. Together they form the World Weather Network and are seeking to respond to the climate emergency by acting collectively, listening and learning. The Network’s activities are being brought together on a website, which will be launched at the summer solstice, 21.6.2022: www.worldweathernetwork.org.

The World Weather Network’s website has a programme for the year up to 21.6.2023. Network members also share the ideas, writings, observations, stories, pictures and videos of their invited artists, researchers and communities in ‘weather reports’. The Network uses these digitally and/or locally realized artworks to highlight diverse experiences of and viewpoints on the weather, and ways of understanding the weather and its effects around the world, in 19 different languages.

IHME’s Executive Director and Curator Paula Toppila is delighted to be invited to be part of the Network and sees it as having diverse potential:

“The Network is a chance to collaborate with top contemporary-art professionals and to use art and dialogue to add to understanding of how the global environmental crisis is affecting different parts of the world, how art institutions are reacting to it, and how we can together bring about more change towards ecologically sustainable future.”

IHME Helsinki will use the Network to let people re-experience IHME Commissions 2020 and 2021: Jana Winderen’s composition Listening Through the Dead Zones [excerpt] and Katie Paterson’s incense ceremony To Burn, Forest, Fire. A website version of Winderen’s work will allow it to be heard online. During the year, Network partners will hold To Burn, Forest, Fire incense ceremonies around the world, including in New Zealand, Iceland, India, South Korea, Dubai, Nigeria and the Philippines.

World Weather Network organizations will stage joint online events: discussions, presentations and performances. In them, leading experts from various fields of science, technology, ecology, philosophy and politics will discuss the weather and climate with artists. Although individual organizations will be reporting on local environmental changes, they are all united in their concern for the state of the planet. The World Weather Network provides an alternative way of getting to know, to look at and to listen to the world’s weather and climate. Follow the Network’s activities on its website and social-media channels:

Twitter: @wwn_art
Instagram: @WorldWeatherNetwork
Facebook
YouTube

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Listen to Jana Winderen’s Listening Through the Dead Zones [excerpt] composition

Katie Paterson’s To Burn, Forest, Fire ceremonies around the world

ARTANGEL, UK: 21.12.2022 at Senate House Library
ARTINGENIUM, San Sebastián, Basque Country: Date and place TBC
ART JAMEEL, Dubai / Middle East: 9.10.2022 at Jameel Arts Center
ARTSONJE CENTER, Seoul, South Korea: 8.10.2022 at Artsonje Center
BUNDANON, New South Wales, Australia: During October but date and place TBC
DHAKA ART SUMMIT, Bangladesh: During January 2023 but date and place TBC
FONDANZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO: During July 2022 but date and place TBC
ICELANDIC ART CENTER, Reykjavik, Iceland: 3.9.2022 at Living Art Museum
KHOJ, New Delhi, India: During April 2023 but date and place TBC
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART AND DESIGN (MCAD), Manila, Philippines: 2.8.2022 at Arroceros Forest Park
TE TUHI, Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand / Oceania: Date and Place TBC
UCCA, Beijing / Qinhuangdao: 21.3.2023 at Ucca Dune or theTang Hotel
YINKA SHONIBARE FOUNDATION, Lagos / Ijebu, Nigeria: Date and Place TBC
WAAG Amsterdam, Netherlands: either during Sep to Oct 2022 or during March to Jun 2023, date and time TBC

The other Network organizations:

ARTANGEL, London, ARTIGENIUM, San Sebastian, ART JAMEEL, Dubai, ARTSONJE CENTER, Seoul, BUNDANON, New South Wales, DHAKA ART SUMMIT, Bangladesh, ENOURA OBSERVATORY, Japan, NICOLETTA FIORUCCI FOUNDATION, FOGO ISLAND ARTS, Newfoundland, FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO, Torino, HOLT-SMITHSON FOUNDATION, New Mexico, ICELANDIC ARTS CENTRE, Reykjavik, KHOJ, New Delhi, MALI, Lima, MCAD, Manilla, NEON, Athens, NGO, Johannesburg, WAAG, Amsterdam, RUYA FOUNDATION, Iraq, SAHA, Istanbul, SOPHIA POINT, Guyana, TERRA FOUNDATION, Comporta, TE TUHI, Aotearoa / New Zealand, UCCA, Beijing, YINKA SHONIBARE FOUNDA