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Published July 04, 2019

CHE project collaboration with becoming.eco(logical) a S+T+ARTS residency

Published July 04, 2019

CHE project collaboration with becoming.eco(logical) a S+T+ARTS residency


The CHE project is working together with artists to translate scientific results into digital artworks that aim to help citizens understand the images of climate change.

Artists Miha Turšič and Špela Petrič, operating at the intersection of science, technology and the arts, in collaboration with the CHE project, Arctur HPC and Waag have secured funding for a STARTS (Science, Technology & the Arts) project, funded under the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme of the European Commission. The purpose of STARTS is to support collaborations between artists, scientists, engineers and researchers to develop more creative, inclusive, and sustainable technologies. 

The central task of Art residency project named becoming.eco(logical) is to connect citizens with the understanding of images of climate change such as those produced in the CHE project.

STARTS residency
becoming.eco(logic) project by Miha Turšič and colleagues


art residency

The becoming.eco(logical) project will help:

  • raising awareness of the CHE project outcomes through digital artworks

  • ease access to relevant CO2 simulations and CO2 flux inventory datasets

  • increase the exposure of scientific results with 21st-century iconic images at art exhibitions.

The ambition is to connect individual citizen's actions with global CO2 concentrations by adopting interactive visualisations and tailoring the use of data to answer individually relevant questions, such as “what is my impact on the global CO2 image?”

Once the digital software platforms will be deployed this question can be asked to thousands of visitors in some of the largest media festivals regularly attended by S+T+ARTS residency such as the Ars Electronica and showcase how travel choices can indeed have a global impact on reducing CO2 emissions. This is just one example and case connecting climate and societal data models.

The CHE project is collecting and processing a large amount of Earth Observation data for which HPC capacities to process and visualise the data from the cloud, thanks to a partnership with Arctur HPC project partner in Slovenia. The becoming.eco(logical) project outcomes will add to CO2 outreach activities already present within CHE, such as the Global Tier 1 CO2 animation and to the CO2 service elements vision video realised by Copernicus.

The CHE datasets and tools that are relevant in the context of local anthropogenic and biogenic emissions and the global carbon cycle will be explored by the becoming.eco(logical) project with the target of producing climate change imaginary and present them to the next CHE General Assembly in March 2020, to the Ars Electronica festival in September 2020, and other S+T+ARTS events.

Waag People
S+T+ARTS visitors & CHE project team members from ECMWF: from left Miha Turšič, Špela PetriČ, Gianpaolo Balsamo, Joe McNorton, Slavko Glamočanin, Jan Košir, Margarita Choulga