Nathalie Miebach is a Boston-based artist who translates weather data into complex sculptures and musical scores.
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.
“[My work] challenges our assumptions of what kind of visual vocabulary belongs in the world of art, versus science.”
“It is the numbers that control the form, not me.”
“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.”
“You place [my work] in an art museum, it becomes a sculpture; you place it in a science museum, it becomes a three-dimensional visualization of data; you place it in a music hall, it all of a sudden becomes a musical score.”