Liam Gillick's process in building a functioning weather station for Fogo Island, Newfoundland as part of the World Weather Network.
In 2022 Liam Gillick installed A Variability Quantifier (The Fogo Island Red Weather Station) on Fogo Island, Newfoundland. An artwork intended to function as an operational weather station, it gathers local weather data and is a place for education, reflection, and discussion. The site and work are open and people are encouraged to visit. In 2023 Liam Gillick returned to Fogo to make a documentary film about his work and interview islanders on all aspects of how the climate emergency affects their lives. This book is a record of the documentary and includes a fully illustrated account of the working process and the discussions that took place. Not the first work that he has completed to address the issue, with earlier projects in Paris, Japan and Australia, Gillick is engaged in representing the science of the climate crisis. His project is to collect data to feed into the global system. As with earlier projects, it is the maths and science that he attempts to elevate.
Copublished by Fogo Island Arts and National Gallery of Canada.
Liam Gillick is a New York based British born artist known for contributions in architecture, sculpture, video, and word art. His work focuses on expanding ideas of labor, time, and color through his distinctive conception of exhibition as a medium. Gillick initiated this approach in the 1990s and has exhibited internationally, with solo exhibitions at the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, Gwangju Museum of Art, Korea; Madre Museum, Naples; Serralves Museum, Porto; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Tate, London. He consistently contributes to international biennials: Documenta Kassel, Istanbul Biennial, the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial, and the 1st Vilnius Biennial of Performance Art.
Josée Drouin-Brisebois is Producer and Senior Manager of National Outreach at the National Gallery of Canada, where she was formerly Senior Curator of Contemporary Art. She independently curated the Kaunas Biennial (2022) and was instrumental in organizing the Canadian participation at the Venice Biennales: Steven Shearer (2011), Shary Boyle (2013) Geoffrey Farmer (2017) and Isuma (2019). She has curated exhibitions in Austria, Lithuania, Italy, and Canada. In 2021 and 2022 she managed the commission of 18 new artworks including by Christian Boltanski (FR), Geneviève Cadieux (CAN), Rashid Johnson (US), Lina Lapelytė (LT), Laura Lima (BR), Pakui Hardware (LT), Augustas Serapinas (LT), Emilia Škarnulytė (LT) and Althea Thauberger (CAN).
Nicolaus Schafhausen is a curator, director, author, and editor of numerous publications on contemporary art. Since 2011 he has been the Strategic Director of Fogo Island Arts, Canada, an initiative of Shorefast, a charitable foundation dedicated to finding alternative solutions for the revitalization of areas prone to emigration. In addition to curating exhibitions and other projects, Schafhausen has led institutions such as the Frankfurter Kunstverein, Künstlerhaus Stuttgart, Kunsthalle Wien, and Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. He was Founding Director of the European Kunsthalle, a project examining the conditions and structures of contemporary art institutions independent of local government mandates.
Claire Shea is the Director at Fogo Island Arts, Canada, an initiative of Shorefast, a charitable foundation dedicated to finding alternative solutions for the revitalization of areas prone to emigration. From 2017 to 2021, Shea was the Deputy Director at Para Site, Hong Kong's leading contemporary art centre and one of the oldest and most active independent art institutions in Asia.