Karolina Sobecka // The Cloud Collection
October 3-December 19, 2014
“The Cloud Collection is an exhibition featuring three ongoing projects by Brooklyn-based artist Karolina Sobecka that explore connections between clouds and information technology by combining scientific information with more whimsical and experiential approaches.
Clouds have long been agents of the ungraspable and ephemeral. Using clouds as an object of investigation, Sobecka situates her projects at the intersection of art and geoengineering. Geoengineering is commonly defined as the deliberate large-scale intervention in the Earth’s natural systems to counteract climate change. Like audacious land art proposals, geo-engineering schemes propose to rearrange the elements of the land and the sky; some of the ideas include injecting water into the atmosphere, creating artificial volcanoes, or flooding the Sahara. The practice, which is often viewed as a last resort response to climate change, reshuffles our ideas about nature and our place in it, about technology, values and knowledge.
From cloud seeding to cloud tasting to DNA donation, Sobecka’s playful experiments ask serious questions about our faith in human technological ability. Can technology eventually solve our climate problems? Or are we foolhardy to think we know enough about natural systems to attempt to manipulate them?”
Excellent photos from the exhibition are on Zero1