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Google Arts & Culture: 10 interactive experiences about caring for the planet

Google Arts & Culture and the United Nations Framework Convention United Nations on Climate Change (UNFCCC) they carried un project with the aim of showing and raising awareness about the impact of environmental damage on the planet.

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As part of this initiative, Refik Anadol and the female art collective Hyphen Labs were invited to interpret scientific data on the climate through two interactive works of art. These experiences, which are now available online and free of charge, are part of the third edition of the collection Heartbeat of the Earth (in Spanish, “The heartbeat of the earth”).

These new works are added to the eight already published since the start of the Google Arts & Culture collection in 2020, with the aim of making the data that explains the impact of climate change more accessible and visible. Thus, there are a total of 10 interactive experiences that can be experienced from the aforementioned Google site.

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“With the impacts of climate change accelerating and becoming more apparent every day, it is more important than ever to engage artists and use culture as a vehicle for the message that the situation around the climate crisis is urgent,” Ovais said. Sarmad, UN Deputy Executive Secretary for Climate Change, in the shared statement.

1. What damage would an MRI of the earth show?

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In the experiment “Earth Magnetic Resonance”, the artist Refik Anadol interprets the planet as if it were a body, showing the damage that we are inflicting on it with climate change. Anadol invites you to reflect on the beauty of the Earth through visualizations of natural landscapes generated by machine learning.

2. How the cascading effects of the melting of the poles will affect

The global collective Hyphen Labs, along with Iñupiaq (Northern Alaskan) artist Allison Akootchook Warden and the Union of Concerned Scientists, andExplore in the “Insidious Climb” experience the cascading effects generated by the warming of the polar ice caps and explain how a warming climate will not only trigger ecological collapse, but also put pressure on existing systems that already disproportionately affect the marginalized.

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3. The retreat of glaciers

This experience allows you to see the impressive retreat of two glaciers in Switzerland during the last 140 years. All data and analysis were provided by the artist Fabián Oefner who was in charge of this work.

4. Microplastics in the air

This work explores the impact that microplastics in the air are having on the environment and also on the health of human beings. The work was done in collaboration with the artist Giorgia Lupi.

5. The increase in jellyfish

An interactive experience to understand why jellyfish are increasing and what link this population increase has with the climate crisis that is being experienced. The work was done with the help of the artist Cristina Tarquini.

6. Sea level rise

A Map and Street View experiment visualizing actual global sea level rise as well as future global sea level rise due to climate change. The artists involved in this project were Timo Aho and Pekka Niittyvirta.

7. The impact of rising temperatures on marine life

This project, carried out in collaboration with the artist Cristina Tarquini, is an interactive data visualization that invites the user to dive into the ocean and explore the impact of rising temperatures on marine life.

8. Species going extinct

The experiencebased on machine learning, allows you to visualize what could be lost and what will be left as temperatures on Earth increase. It is a project that included the participation of the artist Sey Min.

9. The lake

In this experience, developed together with Felicity Hammond, a fictional seaside town is shown to disappear. It seeks to raise awareness about the impact that climate change has on temperatures and how this will affect the ecosystem.

10. What we eat

This initiative is to explore the carbon footprint that is generated from certain foods and food diets followed in the US, France and the UK. Laurie Frick participated in this development.

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