We are changing our world, our world is changing us

Here & Now was a pilot project with FAULT LINES artist Dan Hett, Newcastle University’s Open Lab, Tyndall Centre for Climate Research at Manchester University and the Great North Museum: Hancock.

Starting from the question of how climate change could be presented as a concern for “here” and “now”, the project engaged with various artefacts from the museum, and some modern-day objects, creating 3D digital scans using photogrammetry. These scans were combined with interesting and relevant data sets — for example, an Inuit-carved walrus tusk was combined with data showing minimum Arctic sea ice extent from 1979 to 2017. Each object was soundtracked with the voice of a museum keeper or subject expert talking about what the object is and what it can tell us about environmental change; how we are changing our world and our world is changing us.

The prototype artwork was displayed as a large-scale projection at Great Museum North: Hancock on three days during the Great Exhibition of the North in August 2018, with the team gathering feedback from visitors and using that to iterate and shape the artwork.

From September, the project team are considering potential future iterations of the work.

For more information, visit hereandnowchange.net or view the online version of the artwork at hereandnowchange.net/herenow

Photo credit: Dan Hett