Weather Forecasting

Weather Forecasting

氣象預測 | WEATHER FORECASTING

– 蘇慧怡 Zoie So

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Keywords | METEOROLOGY, PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY, INSTRUMENTS TO MEASURE AND FORECAST WEATHER, LIMITATIONS IN MEASURING AND INTERPRETING WEATHER DATA

“It is miraculous how the sun in our solar system beautifully interplays with water in all its forms on Earth to bring a variety of life-forms and the very conditions necessary for life itself. Here on Earth we humans feel impelled to predict and to prepare. Will it rain tomorrow? Should I bring a jacket along? Looking at the sky, how can we predict the weather? How far and beyond the clouds and past the stratosphere should we probe to obtain relevant climate data? How much can we learn about the past from weather fluctuations? How profound is our knowledge of the correlations of energies and forces in the universe with the climate? Is our technology sophisticated enough to accurately measure the data and really make sense of it? Do we understand the relationship between air pressure on our bodies and the forces that have kept planets, stars, and galaxies swinging for billions upon billions of years? Every humble measurement and prediction itself is a single solid stroke of the sketch of an ever-moving figure. I feel rather small thinking about this, but also feel a certain bliss having the chance to experience this grand world and its vital impulse.” – Zoie So

DSCF0075_reducedZoie’s work features the spheres of light art, electronic art, mechanical design, digital graphics and programming at interplay, communicating to yield sculptures,multimedia installations and performances of diverse nature. She finds that deep engagement in the practice of art is a holistic process that reveals the active connections taking effect in life, society, nature and the universe between micro and macro spectra in all fields, which lead the artist and the audience in turn to a comprehensive sense of intimate issues.This time her Weather Forecasting starts with some of da Vinci’s weather notes, and studies in meteorology and paleoclimatology, while various forms of water are at play, leading us to experience the grand universe through the very small and close to us.

WF01「古今中外,量度氣象變化、預測天氣,均是涉及民生、經濟、資源分佈的重要課題。遙望天際,探取資訊,大氣以外的無盡宇宙,可量可觀的,盡為考察。縱有幾百萬年的氣象數據,是否足夠我們了解偌大宇宙間的星系引力對地球的氣象影響?萬丈之外,太陽底下,幻化成不同形態動態的水,每天在地球上演活生命的韻律。明天會否下雨?這個問題,真的答不準。」

蘇慧怡的藝術創作糅合了光藝術、電子科技、機械設計、程式編寫及數碼影像,作品以雕塑、跨媒體裝置及表演等形式展出。她認為藝術創作是個整全的過程,反映生活、社會、大自然之間的連動關係,以流麗的方式將不可感之序呈現。在這次展覽中,她的最新作品《氣象預測》,記錄着她對達文西的氣象筆記、氣象學與古氣候學研究的讚嘆與反思,以水滴引路,從微小之中感受宏大。

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About Zoie SO

Zoie So

Zoie So 蘇慧怡

Zoie So is currently a senior lecturer in the Visual Studies Department of Lingnan University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Media from the City University of Hong Kong in 2004 and then went on, with the support of several scholarships and art grants, to complete her Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts: Open Media at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in 2008. Her works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Montreal, Milan, Ptuj and Geneva. Her public work Photosynthesis in Motion was commissioned by the Tamar Public Art Project, while Mediated Landscape was also selected for the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Awards 2012. In WMC_e4 (2010), Zoie So exhibited an interactive sculpture, Mediated Facial.

蘇慧怡現為香港嶺南大學視覺研究系高級講師,任教數碼影像及電子藝術課程。蘇氏2004年畢業於香港城市大學創意媒體學院,2008年於加拿大蒙特利爾康克迪亞大學獲得藝術創作碩士,期間她曾獲多項獎學金及藝術資助。其作品曾於香港、蒙特利爾、米蘭普圖伊及日內瓦多地展出。公眾藝術作品《葉一片‧光合動態》於2012年添馬艦公眾藝術計劃中獲委約,而作品《顯微山水》更入選香港當代藝術獎2012。互動雕塑《第二表情》曾於文字機器創作集第四集(2010)發表。


Weather Forecasting

Weather Forecasting

A few useful works recommended by Zoie So:

– Harper, Kristine C., 2012: Weather by the Numbers: the Genesis of Modern Meteorology. MIT Press.

Kristine Harper tells the story of the transformation of meteorology, from a “guessing science” into a sophisticated scientific discipline based on physics and mathematics.

– Pretor-Pinney, Gavin, 2007: The Cloud Spotter’s Guide: the Science, History, and Culture of Clouds. Perigee Trade.

Written by a founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, the book is about an international group of meteorologists, cloud physicists, pilots, photographers and non-professional, which up to now has about 35,000 members and accumulated a lot of material about clouds across various national and cultural groups.

– Carpenter, Clive, 1991: Changing World of Weather. Facts on File.

This book highlights many moments of “outstanding” weather condition in history and concepts in Paleoclimatology, posing questions about long-term and short-term forecasting.

– Charles Aldarondo and the distributed Proofreaders team, 1888: The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci; trans. Jean Paul Richter.

– Schwarzbach, Martin, 2002: Climates of the Past: An Introduction to Paleoclimatology. UMI Books.

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