A Planetary Order is a terrestrial globe showing clouds from one single moment in time, thereby subtly highlighting the fragility and interdependence of the Earth’s environmental systems.
Showing the earth’s cloud cover from one second in time, the shimmering white cloud globe freeze-frames the entire operation of the global atmospheric regime, and highlights how fragile the environmental (and informational) systems are that operate across the world. For the globe is created from raw information, being a physical visualization of real-time scientific data. One second’s worth of readings from all six cloud-monitoring satellites that are currently overseen by NASA and the European Space Agency was transformed into the delicate outlines and profiles of the clouds emerging across the surface of the sphere.
Unlike most of NASA’s own data visualizations, the globe features no added colour, only the sculpted whiteness of the raw material that throws a maze of faint shadows across the structure. From out of these shadows, in the right angles of light, emerge the global cloud patterns taken on 2 February 2009 at 0600 UTC precisely, and, under them, the implied outlines of the continents below, seen as though glimpsed through mist, or rather, through the mystifying quantity of atmospheric data that is currently being collected from the silent fleet of satellites in orbit some 36,000 kilometres out in space — an increasingly hertzian environment, where an electronic Babel of satellites, radio signals, and security frequencies vibrate with an invisible stream of man-made weather.Though far from earth’s surface, we have nevertheless made it back to something resembling Borges’s 1:1 scale Map of the Empire, for, by taking a single second’s worth of transmitted information, our entire world has been made anew, pristine, white, and wreathed in the haze of an artificial atmosphere, held aloft like the fossilized egg of a long-extinct species that is about to be brought back to life from a single rescued strand of DNA.
A Planetary Order ist ein Erdglobus, der die Bewölkung des Planeten in einem einzigen Zeitmoment festhält, nämlich exakt um 0600 UTC am 2. Februar 2009. Es handelt sich um eine physikalische Visualisierung von wissenschaftlichen Echtzeit-Daten. Der schimmernde weiße Globus friert den gesamten Ablauf des atmosphärischen Regimes im Moment einer Sekunde ein und stellt auf subtile Weise heraus, wie fragil das Umwelt- (und Informations-) system ist.
The same data was used to draw a series of large scale drawings.
La Terrasse, Nanterre Art Space exhibition from 7 October to 23 December 2016 Opening on Friday 7 October 6-9 pm Data on view Curators: Sandrine Moreau and Thierry Fournier Works by Martin John Callanan, Marie-Pierre Duquoc Hasan Elahi, Oyvind Fahlstrom, Ashley Hunt, Mark Lombardi, Philippe … continue reading
This large survey book builds on the ZKM Karlsruhe exhibition tracing the multifaceted relationship between art, science and technology in Dutch landscape art around 1650. Long before digital satellite imagery, Dutch artists used modern systems of remote sensing. Their art works provide valuable insights into … continue reading
Objectivity and Representative Practices chapter Dr Chiara Ambrosio, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies Digitalization and computerization are now pervasive in science. This has deep consequences for our understanding of scientific knowledge and of the scientific process, and challenges longstanding assumptions and traditional frameworks … continue reading
12 April – 13 July, 2014 An exhibition at the ZKM Museum of Contemporary Art Opening: Fri, April 11, 2014, 7 p.m. The ZKM throws new light on 17th century landscape painting. Comparable to modern satellite surveying (GPS), true to scale landscape representation is also … continue reading
Das Irre an der Zeit ist, dass sie trotz eines wissenschaftlichen Einheitssystems eine überaus subjektive, stets changierende Größe ist. Etwa die, auf die Martin John Callanan aufmerksam macht. Sieben Jahre hat er ein Programm entwickelt und es mit Datenleitungen verknüpft, um in Echtzeit weltweit alle … continue reading
A Planetary Order Martin John Callanan, Rebecca Partridge, Katie Paterson Galerie Christian Ehrentraut, Berlin 10 January – 15 February 2014 Download the exhibition publication (PDF) A Planetary Order brings together three artists who, though working in very different media, all explore meta-narratives of time, landscape … continue reading
Eine Ausstellung organisiert vom Leuphana Arts Program (LAP) zu Gast im Kunstraum der Leuphana Universität Lüneburg Kunst und Wissenschaft stehen in einem komplexen und spannungsreichen Verhältnis. Die Ausstellung des Leuphana Arts Program präsentiert fünf künstlerische Positionen, die mit ihren Methoden und Resultaten nicht wissenschaftliche Projekte … continue reading
Martin John Callanan’s work engages most directly with scientific methods: his A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe) utilizes the complex apparatus of state-backed meteorological data collection to model a single moment in the atmospheric history of the planet. The cloud cover as recorded by six … continue reading
I shall be at Springhornhof this weekend 7 July 2013 for the current exhibition featuring of A Planetary Order and the exhibition book launch. Am Sonntag, dem 7. Juli 2013 11 Uhr Fahrradtour zur Kunst in der Landschaft mit den Kuratorinnen Rebecca Partridge, Randi Nygård … continue reading
VERSTAND & GEFÜHL / Landschaft und die zeitgenössische Romantik Kunstverein Springhornhof, Neuenkirchen, Germany 15. Juni – 18. August 2013 Download the exhibition publication as a PDF Kuratiert von Rebecca Partridge und Bettina v. Dziembowski Wohl kaum eine Epoche ist durch so viele Missverständnisse und Widersprüche … continue reading
Book review by Pau Waelder – 03/02/2010 Data Soliloquies is a book about the extraordinary cultural fluidity of scientific data Data Soliloquies Richard Hamblyn and Martin John Callanan London: Slade Press, 2009 112 pages ISBN 978-0903305044 Although much has been said about C.P. Snow’s concept of a … continue reading
Article and interview with Pau Waelder in Art.es #53 Download the full article as PDF
Article and interview with Pau Waelder in Art.es #53 Download the full article as PDF art.es international_contemporary_art announces the publication of its issue #53, with the following contents: • art.es Project #44: Marina Núñez, Necrosis. (2013), digital image. Cover and 22 inside pages. As always, … continue reading
In their role as climate change canaries, clouds are both more prevalent and closer to home than Arctic ice-caps or polar bears. Cloud patterns have long been read as short-range weather indicators, but more recently they have begun to be seen as longer term climatic … continue reading
due to popular demand MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN: Martin John Callanan at Horrach Moyà, Palma de Mallorca has been extended by one month
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MARTIN JOHN CALLANAN: Martin John Callanan Horrach Moyà, Palma de Mallorca 29 November 2012 – 17 January 17 February 2013 (extended one month) Opening, 8pm, 29 November 2012 On May 16, 2008, Martin John Callanan changed his name to Martin John Callanan, by Deed Poll, sworn … continue reading
Art for science’s sake, UCL Lunch Hour Lecture, 1 November 2012 Dr Chiara Ambrosio, UCL Department of Science and Technology Studies For centuries, scientists have sought help from artistic practice as a visual aid. This lecture will explore case studies from the 18th to the … continue reading
A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe) article and on the cover of Leonardo Journal volume 45, issue 4, 2012. Leonardo is today’s leading international journal on the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts and music and, increasingly, the application and influence of … continue reading
This piece of writing by Diane Sims accompanies The Present is a Point Just Passed at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich (curated by Lizzie Hughes). The exhibition is open from Thursday 7th June to Wednesday 11th July 2012. What if your passage through the world today was the only enduring evidence … continue reading
Post publicado en el blog Arte. Cultura e Innovación de LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial y la Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Pau Waelder Como afirma Deyan Sudjic en The Language of Things, vivimos en un mundo saturado de objetos: “nunca tanto habíamos tenido tantas posesiones como … continue reading
SIGGRAPH 2012 Art Gallery: In Search of the Miraculous presents exceptional digital and technologically mediated artworks that explore the existence of wonderment, mystery, and awe in today’s world of mediating technologies and abundant data. Of the nearly 400 submissions, 12 were hand-picked by a jury to … continue reading
The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, SE10 9LS Private View: Thursday 7 June 6.30 – 8.30pm Exhibition Dates: 7 June – 11 July Opening hours Monday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – … continue reading
Five works accessioned to The Achive of Digital Art (Database of Virtual Art) documents the rapidly evolving field of digital installation art. This complex, research-oriented overview of immersive, interactive, telematic and genetic art has been developed in cooperation with established media artists, researchers and institutions. … continue reading
Harald Welzer on WDR Fernsehen talking about ISEA and my work A Planetary Order (2 mins in) Elektronische Visionen in Dortmund broadcast on Dienstag, 31. August 2010, 22.30 – 23.10 Uhr Montag, 06. September 2010, 10.50 – 11.30 Uhr (Wdh.) A quick translation of Harald … continue reading
20 August – 5 September 2010 Museum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Dortmund, Dortmunder Kunstverein, RWE Galerie, Dortmunder U, PACT Zollverein Essen and Duisburg-Ruhrort Opening: 19 August 2010, 19:00 More than thirty international artists and artist groups urge visitors to the exhibition into new perspectives on … continue reading
At the ‘Serendipity City‘ exhibition at futureeverything in Manchester yesterday I saw this work – ‘A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe)’ byMartin John Callanan. Its a 3D nylon print of a data visualisation of all the clouds from a single moment in time. It sits … continue reading
Martin with Richard Hamblyn write a guest post for Urbantick’s Ecological Urbanism series.