Rubric: Grid


rubric is a new, experimental journal discussing art, writing, theory, and the points at which they intersect. The journal operates in a curatorial format, with contributors asked to respond to a specific theme or idea for each issue.

We aim to highlight nuances within subjects and methodological procedures whilst bringing together critical theory, art writing, and art practice. Through a diverse approach to each area of focus we propose to construct and consider potential possibilities, applications, or limitations.

rubric is a free journal, published quarterly in print and online.

Boing Boing: Artwork and book about clouds

Boing Boing

Martin John Callanan, artist-in-residence at University College London’s Environment Institute, used satellite data to create a small300mm terrestrial globe depicting cloud coverage from a single second in time. He first showed the work, titled A Planetary Order, last week at an event also celebrating the publication of Extraordinary Clouds, a new book by the UCL Environment Institute’s writer-in-residence, Richard Hamblyn. The cloud-themed projects are profiled in a short video from the university. “UCL writer and artist-in-residence look to the skies”

Boing Boing

UCL writer and artist-in-residence look to the skies: watch the video

A writer and artist-in-residence at UCL’s Environment Institute are holding a joint launch for a new book and work of art – linked by the theme of clouds.

Writer-in-residence Richard Hamblyn’s book Extraordinary Clouds is a celebration of unusual cloud formations and atmospheric phenomena.

Artist-in-residence Martin John Callanan has created A Planetary Order, a terrestrial globe showing clouds around the planet from one single moment in time.

Hamblyn has already written several books on the subject, including The Invention of Clouds, which won the LA Times Book Prize, and a pictoral guide to cloud formations called The Cloud Book.

Extraordinary Clouds grew out of his research for the latter as he amassed a collection of images that did not fit into any standard category, such as the uniform streaks of ‘street clouds’ and the bulbous ‘lenticularis’ sometimes mistaken for UFOs.

He said: “I had been commissioned to research and write The Cloud Book (which came out in 2008), using the Met Office’s amazing photo archive, and I kept coming across weird and wonderful clouds that seemed to defy categorisation, but becauseThe Cloud Book was intended to be a fairly serious pictorial guide to all the clouds listed in the international cloud classification, most of these oddities were left out.

“But I carried on collecting more and more of them, finding them in photo libraries, trawling the internet, asking photographer friends and acquaintances, and within a year I had amassed several hundred pictures of bizarre and beautiful cloud formations.Extraordinary Clouds is the result.”

NASA image of clouds over the Pacific 

Some of the most spectacular images in Hamblyn’s book came from The Cloud Appreciation Society, a 17,000-strong group of cloudspotters.

Callanan’s A Planetary Order examines the fragility and interdependence of the Earth’s environmental systems.

The artist, a teaching fellow at UCL Slade School of Fine Art, said: “Unlike Richard, who’s got a fascination with clouds, I’ve never really considered them before. I’ve been more interested in systems – systems that define how we live our lives. The idea behind the cloud globe is to show and highlight the fragility of the environmental systems that operate in the world.”

A Planetary Order

Callanan then turned the raw data into a 3D computer model with the help of the UCL Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art.

It was printed at the Digital Manufacturing Centre at the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment.

“The Digital Manufacturing Centre creates architectural models for students, researchers and commercial clients, but this is the largest object they have ever created and it took two days just to manufacture,” said Callanan.

The launch party for Extraordinary Clouds and A Planetary Order will take place on 30 June in the university’s main quadrangle at Gower Street.

Extraordinary Clouds is available from all good bookshops and A Planetary Order will go on display at UCL’s Pearson Building later this summer.

UCL context
The Environment Institute acts as a focus for interdisciplinary research on the environment at UCL. It exists to improve links between the UCL research community, policymakers and private sector interests. It aims to identify the environmental concerns that will drive future policy agendas, and to contribute the science required to address them.

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In Real Time, In Real Life

March 28th 4pm—8pm Eastern Time

ASDF occupied Capricious Space as part of ‘IN REAL LIFE‘ During the 4 hour physical occupation an exhibition of 48 artists concurrently existed online on this page (an exhibition exhibited in an exhibition). Each piece in our show was available for view and download for a duration of exactly 5 minutes. After the 5 minutes, the next piece overwrote what had just been available. Each downloadable file was sized to print so that you can materialize the exhibition yourself. At the end of the 4 hour residency all original files were deleted. The downloaded files will be the only existing digital remnants of our exhibition.

Mylinh was in Capricious Space uploading the files (while broadcasting her desktop live at IRL’s site). She also printed and physically installed the show in the gallery. David chatted with her live from Chicago, while downloading, printing and installing the show in Golden Age.

Click here for the complete IN REAL TIME works list. 

Click here for the cover of the IN REAL TIME catalogue. The catalogue can be made by compiling all of the downloaded pdfs, printing them on 8.5″x11″ pieces of paper, sequencing them in chronological order, and binding them on the left margin as designated on the cover.


Marya Alford, Marijke Appelman, Chris Austin, Michael G. Bauer, bffa3ae, Paul Branca, Marco Kane Braunschweiler, Martin John Callanan, Joshua Kit Clayton, Ginny Cook, Ken Ehrlich, eteam, Maja Fink, Lukas Geronimas, Emilie Halpern, Zach Houston, Marie Jager, Avalon Kalin, Adam Katz & Julia Sherman, Alex Klein, Margot Quan Knight, Anouk Kruithof, Leslie Kuo, Laurel Kurtz, Lindsay Ljungkull, Guthrie Lonergan, Emily Mast, Ye Rin Mok, Mira O’Brien, Graham Parker, Tony Papin, John Pena, Lucy Raven, Sumi Ink Club, Jennifer Delos Reyes, David Rothenberg, Kim Schoen, John Sisley, Jim Skuldt, Michael Smoler, Jessica Sowls, Tamara Sussman, Martine Syms, Cody Trepte, Penelope Umbrico, Jessica Williams, Eric Zimmerman.