Nathalie Miebach translates astronomy, ecology and meteorology data – including parameters like land, sea and ocean temperature, tide readings, moon phases, the solar path in relation to horizon, the distance between Sun and Earth – as physical woven sculptures. Typically, each weave represents 1 hour of detailed data. Her method of translation is principally that of weaving, in particular basket weaving, as it provides for a simple yet highly effective grid through which to interpret data in 3D space. By staying true to the numbers, these woven pieces tread an uneasy divide between functioning both as sculptures in space as well as instruments that could be used in the actual environment from which the data originates.
Once she runs out of weaving, Nathalie invites musicians to create musical scores from the data. While musicians have freedom to interpret, they are asked not to change the essential relationship of the notes to ensure that what is still heard is indeed the meteorological weather data.
“Central to this work is my desire to explore the role visual aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of science information. By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, I am questioning and expanding boundaries through which science data has been traditionally visually translated (ex: graphs, diagrams), while at the same time provoking expectations of what kind of visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of ‘science’ or ‘art’.”