Rachel Jacobs

The Prediction Machine, Loughborough Library 3, Photo by Julian Hughes.

(Photo credit: Julian Hughes)


(Photo credit: Julian Hughes)


(Photo credit: Julian Hughes)


(Photo credit: Julian Hughes)

The Prediction Machine

The Prediction Machine was developed as part of Nowcasting by the artist Rachel Jacobs as a way of marking and understanding ‘moments of climate change’. Snow on a summers day. Hurricanes and floods like we’ve never seen, in places we would never expect. Months of drought. The apple tree that has begun to blossom and fruit at the same time. The machine was developed through workshops with local residents, engineers, computer scientists, climate scientists and researchers, and merged localized knowledge with scientific thinking to address how we can respond to the changing climate. It was installed in the University's Pilkington Library in autumn 2014 and then relocated to Loughborough Library. It was subsequently exhibited as part of Rights of Nature at Nottingham Contemporary. A standalone website for the project can be found here.

Rachel Jacobs is an artist, curator, lecturer and co-founder of the award winning artist-led company Active Ingredient.  She has created and managed a large portfolio of interactive artworks, art games, media projects, exhibitions and generative artworks since co-founding the collective in 1997.  Since 2012 Rachel has been developing her own individual practice, extended through her PhD investigating how artists are working with scientific data.

The Prediction Machine was developed with support from the Geography Department, Loughborough University. The artwork takes place alongside a wider research project at Horizon Digital Economy Hub and The Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.  Funded by the Arts Council of England and Horizon Digital Economy Research, RCUK. The work has received specialist support from Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth, Dr Carlo Buontempo.



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