Nathalie Miebach

Nathalie Miebach explores the intersection of art and science by translating scientific data related to meteorology, ecology and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores/ performances. Her main method of data translation is that of basket weaving, which functions as a simple, tactile grid through which to interpret data into 3D space. Central to this work is her desire to explore the role visual and musical aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of complex scientific systems, such as weather. By utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials, she is questioning and expanding the traditional boundaries through which science data has been visually translated (ex: graphs, diagrams), while at the same time provoking expectations of what kind of visual vocabulary is considered to be in the domain of 'science' or 'art'. She lives and works in Boston (USA).

Miebach is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies, including a Pollock-Krasner Award, a TED Global Fellowship, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship, Blanche E. Colman Award, the International Sculpture Outstanding Student Award, a LEF grant, two year fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center, a Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency, and the Berwick Research Institute Residency. Her work has been shown in the United States and in Europe. Her sculptures have been reviewed by many national and international publications, spanning fine arts, design, technology and science audiences, including Art In America, Art News, Sculpture, New York Times, Form, Wired - UK and American Craft Magazine.

Session: Weaving Data into Sculpture and Music

How would our understanding of data and the larger complex behavioral patterns such as Weather change, if we could touch it, walk around it and even hear it? Using the methodologies and processes of both science and art, I translate scientific data related to meteorology, astronomy and oceanography into woven sculptures and musical scores. My main method of translation is basket weaving and musical notation, which function as simple tactile and audio grids that allow me to translate information into alternative, unorthodox ways of presenting information. Construction toys provide me with the visual language of play and the conceptual scaffoldings from which to begin the translation from. Using weather as my focal point, I am exploring the role aesthetics play in the translation and understanding of complex scientific systems while challenge our assumptions of what sort of visual vocabulary belongs in the realm of "science" versus "art".