Who or what gains power from satellite imagery, radio technology and meteorological data?
I invited Sophie Dyer and Sasha Engelmann to join us as part of #almanaccare by sharing for the first time the series of feminist principles guiding their open-weather project, which probes the noisy relationships between bodies, atmospheres and weather systems.
The open-weather feminist handbook has been informed by over two years of open-weather experiments in satellite image decoding, amateur radio, open data, and feminist tactics of sensing and séance. It is a living document co-written by Sasha Engelmann and Sophie Dyer. Inspiration for this document comes from many places, but it is informed greatly by the CLEAR Lab Handbook.
Foregrounding the body as a situated technology, as much as a method and analytic, the open-weather feminist handbook seeks to be a shared resource to map and challenge structures and narratives of domination involving weather data collection and access, while complicating ideas of the weather beyond the meteorological.
You can see the open-weather feminist handbook here.
Sophie Dyer is a feminist researcher, designer, and activist, specialised in visual and open source investigations. She works with Amnesty International’s Evidence Lab and is an Affiliate of The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
Sasha Engelmann explores interdisciplinary, feminist and creative approaches to environmental sensing. She is Lecturer in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway University of London and a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.
The project is supported by Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.
Image credit: NOAA-18, London, 10 April 2020, 09:40 GMT. open-weather CC BY 4.0 during a series of experiments in open-weather.