Now let’s get one thing out in the open right now: I dig the hell out of TED Talks. For those of you not hip to them, TED (short for Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organization that holds conferences all over the world to discuss environmental, artistic and social change. It’s definitely worth a looksie at TED.com.
For the majority of the artistic community, science does little to inspire us. However, for artist Nathalie Miebach, data instigates a core component in her work. Using data from weather phenomena, she creates not only visual 3D representations of storms, she adapts the barometric pressure and other variables into musical scores.
SO what Nathalie is really doing is translating data into art: Creating music and visual art from basic data. Pretty phenomenal, eh?
What really blows my mind about this work is how intricate her models are and how each particular bead is a direct representation of a tide, pressure system, etc. For the artsy fartsy-type people like myself who prefer to stare blankly at walls as opposed to learning weather systems, this offers a wicked cool way of accessing science beyond the doldrums of the classroom.