Visulisation of the changing use of buzzword used to describe environmental concerns. Collaboration between Christian Nold and the Studio for Urban Projects. Commissioned by the Berkeley Art Museum and winner of the Eyebeam Eco Visulization Challenge.

Launch the project: STRANGE WEATHER

Language is constantly shifting to capture changing popular thought. How is our growing understanding of global climate change – as a scientific, political and cultural phenomenon – reflected in our everyday language?

Strange Weather, graphs the usage patterns of terms that characterize the dialog around climate change from Internet news sources. These terms, including “carbon footprint,” “greenhouse gasses,” and “polar icecap,” are juxtaposed with the mundane daily audio stream of New York City weather information broadcast by the National Weather Service. Strange Weather aims to provoke us to think about how our perception of weather must change from an objective measure of natural phenomena to something that complexly and darkly also mirrors ourselves.