I-Weather as Deep Space Public Lighting

fabric | ch

In 2001, architect Philippe Rahm and fabric | ch jointly set up I-Weather.org, an open source artificial climate based on human metabolism, circadian rhythms and on the medical knowledge of the time about light therapy.

I-Weather.org intended to allow the growing number of de-territorialized locations and people to synchronize their atmosphere and metabolism with this Internet distributed climate: a parallel day of 25 hours, that diffused its colored “daylight” in any physical or digital space connected to the i-Weather’s server.


 
 

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.

Image courtesy of the artists.


Late in 2008, NASA made an announcement about a first successful communication with a 20 million miles distant spacecraft on the Deep Space Internet, the model for a forthcoming interplanetary Internet.

In summer 2010, fabric | ch will set up a project called I-Weather Deep Space Public Lighting, during the 01SJ Biennial in South Hall. It will propose a critical use of I-Weather.org as a model for a metabolic public lighting source, distributed and synchronized through an imaginary Deep Space Internet into the confined and conditioned environments of space exploration vehicles or into speculative public spaces of “distant colonies”.

It will be question of public space, public data, public technology and artificial climate.

I-Weather as Deep Space Public Lighting has been produced with the support of swissnex San Francisco and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.