Monday, January 10, 2022
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Art Lab January 2022

Monday 10 January 2022, 8pm GMT, via zoom

Presenting: Nadeem Baghdadi & Wenwen Liu

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Meeting ID: 821 5798 0447

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Art Lab is a monthly meet-up for artists and art practitioners to discuss their work, concurrent ideas and critical thinking. It’s open to anyone who would like to attend and contribute constructively. Art Lab is for sharing ideas, mutual learning, peer support and networking. The format is two/three presentations by artists / practitioners about their work / ideas / interests: 20-30 minute presentations followed by Q&A.

Art Lab welcomes all art practitioners at any stage in their career and operates a safe space policy. Art Lab is coordinated by Halifax based artist/curator/writer Alice Bradshaw.

Nadeem Baghdadi

Nadeem Baghdadi is a Blackburn based artist.

Wenwen Liu

Climate Coding is a digital artwork. It is designed based on my ecological experience of the Kubuqi Desert and the temperature data of the Kubuqi Desert from 1959 to 2020. I divided this work into two parts and displayed it on two large-size digital screens (height: 1.92m, width: 0.772m). Through algorithm coding and Unreal Engine 4, I designed 744 square small rooms, which were placed together in the order of month to month, year to year. Each room is lit by lights of different colours. These colours are obtained by algorithmic coding of the temperature data of the Kubuqi Desert. In daily life, the temperature is usually displayed in digital form, but it can’t give people an intuitive feeling of temperature. I am very sensitive to temperature. I will wear a heavy down coat below 10 degrees and a T-shirt above 25 degrees. Also, the temperature affects my mood. If it is too hot, my mood will be very irritable, and if it is too cold, my mood will be very upset. In fact, people’s emotions are closely related to temperature. As the most intuitive feeling, colour has a similar effect to temperature. Different colours can have different emotional effects on people. In my work, light is very important because I use it to create an atmosphere and remind people of their living space. We all live in a space called the earth, we all live in a space called home, and we live in a space called room. I created these 744 rooms using 3D sculptures and lights. After a busy day outside, we will eventually return to our own space and relax and sleep there. It will make us feel comfortable and safe. Therefore, in my work, I created this work with lights and empty rooms, hoping to connect with the audience’s daily life. The color of light is programmed through temperature data to let the audience feel what it feels like when they are deep in a house with different temperatures. For example, the room under the orange light will feel warm and comfortable. You will feel cold and lonely in the room under the blue light. In short, I visualize the temperature by the colour of the light aiming to draw people’s attention to the climate change. Also, through it to convey the climate information of the Kubuqi Desert, so as to help the audience better understand the relationship between man and climate. It was summer when I was in the Kubuqi Desert. Because there is a lot of vegetation in my area, I won’t feel too hot during the day and too cold at night. Moreover, in the desert, I also saw many rare wild animals which have disappeared for many years. In my view, I felt like I was on holiday in the desert. This is completely different from the description I heard many years ago. This experience has given me great inspiration, that is, human active intervention plays a great role in ecological restoration and global warming. Therefore, I design this work to show people a speculative and sustainable future, a future that people can achieve through active intervention. Moreover, through this work, the audience can intuitively see the law of temperature change in the Kubuqi Desert, and they will find that there is not too much difference in the temperature of the Kubuqi Desert in the past 62 years, mainly because the ecological restoration project of the Kubuqi Desert is awakened on the premise of respecting the desert ecosystem. Thus, it has not caused damage to the desert system. On the contrary, this desert ecological restoration project creates a sustainable, ecological, and economic system in which people live in harmony with nature. In general, in this work, I take a specific successful ecological restoration case as the research object, explore the impact of the current severe climate problems and their severe consequences on human future development, and put forward possible uses, interactions and behaviors through digital art. The purpose is to find and create a discussion space, develop alternative social imagination, encouraging people to think and find a sustainable speculative future conducive to the existence of all people.