WEATHER SCORES

A collaboration between science, data, musical performance and sculpture

 

Dear Composer,

Weather Scores explores the intersection of meteorology with visual art and music, through a unique collaborative compositional process involving weather data, woven sculptures, graphic/indeterminate musical scores and musical performance. The core of the project is a series of musical scores entirely based on weather data, which are adapted by composers to piano performance. In conjunction, these scores are also translated into woven sculptural, data translations that also function as 3D musical scores.

am a sculptor who focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Using the methodologies and processes of both disciplines, I translate scientific data related to ecology, climate change and meteorology into three-dimensional structures. My method of translation is principally that of weaving – in particular basket weaving – as it provides me with a simple yet highly effective grid through which to interpret data in three-dimensional space.

Four years ago, I began to integrate musical scores into the process, which led to collaborations with pianist Elaine Rombola (www.elainerombola.com). Together we created a series of scores based on weather data that have been translated into musical performances and sculptures. Our work together has sparked the interest of cross-disciplinary audiences due to its curious location at the intersection of art, science and music, and we’ve had the opportunity to present the collaboration in lectures, exhibitions, and performances.

As the musical scores I write become more complex, I feel that the next step is to invite composers into the process of building scores based on weather data together. If this sounds like the type of cross-disciplinary collaboration you would be interested in, please contact me for more information at n_miebach@hotmail.com.

I look forward to hearing from you,

Nathalie