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The Prediction Machine. Photograph by Julian Hughes. Image courtesy Rachel Jacobs.

The Prediction Machine. Photograph by Julian Hughes. Image courtesy Rachel Jacobs.

Events - Special Events

The Prediction Machine

Rachel Jacobs

03 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015

The Prediction Machine is an interactive artwork that marks "moments of climate change" in our everyday lives and is based on end-of-the pier fortune telling machines. The machine tracks the local temperature, rainfall and wind speed, captured live from a weather station at Nottingham University. This is then combined with projected temperatures for the year 2045 to create the predictions that visitors can take away with them.

The Prediction Machine has been made in dialogue with local people, engineers, computer scientists and climate scientists. The predictions have been written by people who live in the East Midlands and took part in public workshops with the artist. 

Visit the Prediction Machine set up against the large window on the stairs between Level 2 and 3 of our building during normal gallery hours. The machine will be installed on Level One (outside the cafe) and accessible to people with limited mobility from Tuesday 10th - Sunday 15th March

Created by Rachel Jacobs, in collaboration with Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth and Dr Carlo Buontempo, Lucy Veale, Upesh Mistry, Thomas Steffen, Chris Sweetman, Stephen Flood and John Barton, and the Craft Group and Writers Group at Loughborough Library.  

The Prediction Machine artwork has been developed alongside the ‘Performing Data’ research project at the Mixed Reality Lab and Horizon Digital Economy Research, University of Nottingham.With financial support from the Arts Council of England, University of Nottingham, EPSRC, RCUK and Radar LU Arts. The original concept for this artwork was developed by the artist during a residency on a farm in the Mata Atlantica (Atlantic Forest), Brazil


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