Nathalie Miebach is a Boston-based artist who translates weather data into complex sculptures and musical scores.

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Nathalie Miebach's work focuses on the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Her woven sculptures interpret scientific data related to astronomy, ecology and meteorology in three-dimensional space. Her pieces simulatneously function as works of art, aural embodiments of data (musical compositions) and instruments that illustrate environmental change.

By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, Miebach questions and expands the boundaries of traditional science data visualization -- and provokes expectations of what visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of science and art. Miebach is a TEDGlobal 2011 Fellow.

Nathalie Miebach’s TED talk

Quotes from Nathalie Miebach

[My work] challenges our assumptions of what kind of visual vocabulary belongs in the world of art, versus science.
Nathalie Miebach
TEDGlobal 2011 • 593K views Oct 2011
Ingenious, Beautiful
It is the numbers that control the form, not me.
Nathalie Miebach
TEDGlobal 2011 • 593K views Oct 2011
Ingenious, Beautiful
Weather is an amalgam of systems that is inherently invisible to most of us, so I use sculpture and music to make it, not just visible, but also tactile and audible.
Nathalie Miebach
TEDGlobal 2011 • 593K views Oct 2011
Ingenious, Beautiful