In response to the global climate emergency, SAHA—Supporting Contemporary Art from Turkey has joined 27 arts organisations across the world to form the World Weather Network, a ground-breaking constellation of ‘weather stations’ located across the world in oceans, deserts, mountains, farmland, rainforests, observatories, lighthouses, and cities.
For one year starting on 21 June 2022, artists and writers will share ‘weather reports’ in the form of observations, stories, images and imaginings about their local weather and our shared climate, creating an archipelago of voices and viewpoints on a new global platform. Whilst each organisation is reporting on their local weather, every one of these ‘weather stations’ is connected by the over-heating of the world’s atmosphere. The World Weather Network presents alternative ways of responding to the world’s weather and climate, and is an invitation to look, listen, learn and act.
Offering different ways of looking at, listening to, and living with the weather, writers and artists’ weather reports will be shared on the World Weather Network platform from each location: the Himalayas, the Mesopotamian Marshes in Iraq and the desert of the Arabian peninsula; the Great Salt Lake in Utah and the ‘Great Ocean of Kiwa’ in the South Pacific; ‘iceberg alley’ off the coast of Newfoundland, the waters of the Baltic Sea and the Arctic Circle; a tropical rainforest in Guyana and farmland in Ijebu in Nigeria. Artists and writers are working in observatories in Kanagawa in Japan and Manila in the Philippines; looking at cloud data in China and lichens in France; lighthouses on the coast of Peru, the Basque Country and the Snaefellsness peninsula in Iceland; and cities including Dhaka, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, and Seoul.
The director of SAHA, Çelenk Bafra positions the SAHA office and the historical watchtower Galata Tower just opposite, as the symbolic weather station of Istanbul. Within the scope of the World Weather Network, she is collaborating with m-est.org an artist-oriented initiative that publishes articles about artists' works and visual practices under the editorship of Merve Ünsal and Özge Ersoy. Through this collaboration, Elmas Deniz, Can Küçük, and Burcu Yağcıoğlu were invited to the new term of SAHA Studio in June 2022. These three artists will continue their research and production until the end of the year at SAHA Studio, which SAHA established as a space for interaction, production, and exhibition for artists and curators.
For WWN, m-est.org, commissions seven artists and artist collectives to report on the weather through their artistic practices in text-based works as well as public programming spread across Turkey. SAHA Art Writing series and events aims to address artistic strategies to measure, report, fabulate, and tell stories about the weather, air flows, circulation, and other high to low pressure aspects our practices and cities.
About the World Weather Network
The world's weather is not what it was. We see glaciers melting and water levels rising. Some lands are flooded and others are parched. Everywhere is heating up. Formed in response to the climate emergency, the World Weather Network is a constellation of weather stations set up by 28 arts agencies around the world and an invitation to look, listen, learn, and act. From June 21 2022 to June 21 2023, artists, writers and communities will share observations, stories, reflections and images about their local weather, creating an archipelago of voices and viewpoints. Engaging climate scientists and environmentalists, the World Weather Network brings together diverse world views and different ways of understanding the weather across multiple localities and languages. Climate scientists, environmentalists and communities will participate in a wide-ranging programme of special events held in each location and online through the platform. Through the course of the year, the London Review of Books are commissioning special reports from writers based in many of the locations in the World Weather Network.
ARTINGENIUM, San Sebastián
ART JAMEEL, Dubai
ARTSONJE CENTER, Seoul
BUNDANON, New South Wales
DHAKA ART SUMMIT, Bangladesh
ENOURA OBSERVATORY, Japan
NICOLETTA FIORUCCI FOUNDATION, Grasse
FOGO ISLAND ARTS, Newfoundland
FONDAZIONE SANDRETTO RE REBAUDENGO, Torino
HOLT-SMITHSON FOUNDATION, New Mexico
ICELANDIC ARTS CENTRE, Reykjavik
IHME HELSINKI, Helsinki
KHOJ, New Delhi
RUYA FOUNDATION, Iraq
SOPHIA POINT, Guyana
TERRA FOUNDATION, Comporta
TE TUHI, Aotearoa / New Zealand
UCCA, Beijing / Qinhuangdao
YINKA SHONIBARE FOUNDATION, Lagos / Ijebu
32 DEGREES EAST, Uganda
Founded in 2011, m-est.org is an online publication, conceived as an artist-centered initiative. Works by artists, studio visits, articles based on and related to conversations on visual practices are published on m-est.org, imagined as a virtual discussion space. Artists and cultural practitioners trace issues of concern or curiosity publicly on m-est.org. The focus on artists from Turkey reiterates a widening network of people, starting with where we are, to explore where we are going to go, limited only by our own interests, associations, and affinities. One of the founding principles of m-est.org is that it is and always will be free to access online.
About the London Review of Books
In parallel with the World Weather Network, every two weeks throughout the year, there will be a new dispatch from a London Review of Books contributor covering an aspect of the climate or weather at one of the WWN locations, published as an LRB newsletter and on the LRB and World Weather Network websites. These include Rosa Lyster on lightning in Johannesburg, Skye Arundhati Thomas on the heat in Delhi, Mimi Jiang on the air in Beijing, Izzy Finkel in Istanbul, and Adewale Maja-Pearce reporting from Lagos.
Founded in 1979, the LRB, Europe’s leading review of culture and ideas, celebrated its 1000th issue at the end of last year. Published twice a month, it provides the space for many of the world’s best writers to explore a wide variety of subjects in exhilarating detail – from art and politics to science and technology via history and philosophy, fiction and poetry. In the age of the long read, the LRB remains the pre-eminent exponent of the intellectual essay, admired around the world for its fearlessness, its range and its elegance. To receive the LRB newsletter, sign up at: https://www.lrb.co.uk/account/newsletter-signup
SAHA Studio artists, Elmas Deniz and Burcu Yağcıoğlu’s works are now being exhibited at Art Sonje Project Space in Seoul, Korea within the scope of World Weather Network.
Mounted at two venues, Art Sonje Project Space and (TOGETHER)(TOGETHER), the exhibition introduces the 28 weather stations and their projects, in addition to exhibiting actual works that have been selected through conversations with nine of the arts organizations, including Elmas Deniz’s two-channel video work, “Sorrow” shot in the Floodplain Forests in the Marmara Region, and Burcu Yağcıoğlu’s artist book co-authored with artist Ülgen Semerci, titled “Firewalk”.
For more info, visit: www.worldweathernetwork.com