Art Jameel Joins Ground-Breaking Alliance Of Artists And Writers In 28 Countries Across The World To Form The World Weather Network In Response To



Dubai, United Arab Emirates | June 20, 2022 – In response to the global climate emergency, Art
Jameel 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 tomorrow, June 21, 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.
Art Jameel’s weather station, located in the desert gardens, library and public spaces of the Jameel
Arts Centre, Dubai’s contemporary museum, explores atmospheric humidity, a central climatic
marker of the Arabian Gulf.
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 Dubai-based Art Jameel weather station is anchored physically in the Jameel Library, through
special events, research and book displays, and in the Jameel’s desert gardens, through on-site air-
to-water generators, providing visitors with fresh drinking water and insights into daily humidity and
weather conditions.
The Art Jameel station’s weather reports – featured on the central World Weather Network platform
and via listening posts at the Jameel Arts Centre – primarily take the form of narrative podcast
episodes by artists and writers, released throughout the year, that explore themes including The
Threshold, Sweat and Labour and Technofutures. Contributors to the podcast series include: Noush
Anand, Saira Ansari, Nadim Choufi, Nadine Khalil, Nidhi Mahajan and Deepak Unnikrishnan,
among others.
“Art Jameel’s work is underpinned by collaboration, exchange and a focus on addressing
contemporary debates through working with artists, writers and creative practitioners,” said Art
Jameel Chair and Founder Fady Jameel. “There is no contemporary debate more urgent than the
climate crisis, and we are delighted to be working with inspirational, like-minded partners in the
World Weather Network to bring voices from the arts together with those of ecologists and
scientists — mirroring our broader approach across all Jameel family philanthropies. We look forward
to seeing you online and in-person throughout the year as we collectively explore every facet of our
changing weathers.”

Throughout the year, across the 28 global weather stations, climate scientists, environmentalists and
communities will participate in a wide-ranging programme of special events held in each location
and online through the platform.
Among multiple events marking the June 21 launch of the World Weather Network is Word
Weathers, a global, live performance and writing exchange that sees the weather recorded over a
full 24-hour period, marking the winter/summer solstice. Artspace Te Tuhi, located in the Pacific Rim
(Te Moana Nui A Kiwa), invited Art Jameel to participate, who in turn commissioned Moza
Almatrooshi and Sree; the two UAE artists join more than 40 creatives around the world, who each
log-on at dawn in their timezone to write and perform online. The performance will stream free, to a
global public, for a full 24 hours on the World Weather Network and Te Tuhi sites.
Through the course of the year, the London Review of Books is commissioning special reports from
writers based in many of the locations in the World Weather Network.
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.

This article was shared with Prittle Prattle News  as a Press Release.
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