Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe)

Los Angeles Convention Center, Concourse Foyer

A Planetary Order is a terrestrial globe depicting clouds from a single moment in time. The globe itself is a physical visualization of real-time scientific data. To create the work, Callanan took one second of readings from all six cloud-monitoring satellites currently overseen by NASA and the European Space Agency and transformed the information physically into outlines and profiles of the clouds that were emerging at that moment across the surface of the Earth. The shimmering white cloud globe freeze-frames the entire operation of the global atmospheric regime and highlights the fragility of the environmental (and informational) systems that operate across the world.

Martin John Callanan
University College London and Slade Centre for Electronic Media in Fine Art, University College London