By mapping social debris from Internet chat rooms to real-time weather data, Corby and Baily’s immersive, interactive, digital
installation Cyclone.soc developed suggestive links between extreme belief systems and the effects of global warming. Selected
for Ars Electronica, Linz where it won a festival prize. Cyclone.soc brings together real-time images of severe conditions bought about by global warming with extremist political and
religious opinions posted in Internet chat rooms. It exists as an immersive, interactive environment which it is possible to walk
into, giving the overall effect of being caught within emerging storm fronts, albeit consisting of the conversational churn and
eddy of arguments and counter-arguments that are occurring live on the Internet. The project aims to broker subtle discourses
that focus on the interconnectedness of technology and its effects in the material world, developing a suggestive link between
belief systems and their potential wider material impacts.
Cyclone.soc is innovatory in bringing scientific visualisation techniques to bear on complex social and environmental conditions,
thereby producing novel aesthetic forms that draw upon both critical art and scientific practices in ways rarely seen in the digital
International recognition of this work comes through a jury award (honorary mention alongside 14 other artists) at Prix Ars
Electronica 2006, (Ars Electronica is the highest profile international digital art festival); a prize at the Japanese Media Art
Festival, March 2007, (alongside 7 other artists in the Internet division). Cyclone.soc was also exhibited at ‘Connecting Worlds’
at ICC InterCommunication Centre, Tokyo, alongside Fischli & Weiss, Dennis Oppenheim and Usman Haque. An AHRC
Research Leave award (£22,000) supported production.
Reviews include: InterCommunication (Japan), Artist’s Newsletter (UK). The project is also featured in The Fundamentals of
Digital Art by Richard Colson (ISBN 978-2940373581).
Cyclone.soc consists of bespoke software written in C++, publicly available weather data sets (involving research into scientific
visualisation processes) and postings taken from internet chat rooms. Production and concept development was equally shared
with Gavin Baily.
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