Climate Layers
Visualising the impact of climate stressors

SPACE10 teamed up with RNDR to visualise how climate stressors are affecting our shared home –the planet– in the exhibition Climate Layers. Climate data is visualised to convey recent effects of climate stressors on our environment. 

Climate stressors are natural events like wildfires, floods and droughts that are exacerbated as a result of human emissions. These climate stressors are becoming more frequent and more severe as a result. The exhibition gathers, curates and visualises data sets from the likes of the World Bank and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to show the impact of six climate stressors including cyclones, drought, excessive rainfall, floods, temperature change, and wildfires.

Within the gallery, climate stressors are visualised as a row of layered panels, each defining a different stressor and the impact it had on the world in 2019. The panels are projected as abstract world maps that are laser cut on recycled acrylic sheets hanging from the ceiling. When viewed together, the panels portray the total impact of recent stressors on the planet. In the background, an illuminated globe serves as a backdrop to the panels.                             

Hand in hand with the exhibition, SPACE10 spoke with two generations of climate advocates: American environmentalist Bill McKibben and Mexican-Chilean climate activist Xiye Bastida, to discuss the current problems we face, and how we can address them together. The conversation is included in the exhibition for people to read.

‘I think the reason that we often feel despair is that we’ve been raised to believe that we need to deal with problems ourselves. The pandemic reminded us that really the most powerful force in the world is social solidarity.’
Bill McKibben, Climate Writer and Activist

Climate stressors are becoming more frequent and more severe as a result of climate change.
Photography: Seth Nicolas

Sources

We based this project upon 10 data sets from the sources identified below. These datasets are publicly available, so you can follow the links below to learn more about them. Alternately, you can download different location data directly by clicking here. (These datasets are available as Shape files, which can be explored through free tools such as QGIS).

CO₂ concentration Global Climate Change (NASA)
Cyclones National Centers for Environmental Information
Drought Climate Research Unit
Environmental Performance Index Socio Economic Data Application Center
Excessive rainfall Climate Research Unit
Floods The Flood Observatory
GDP per capita The World Bank
Population The World Bank
Temperature change Climate Research Unit
Wildfires Fire Information for Resource Management System (FIRMS)
Date
2021
Location
Copenhagen
Commissioner
Exhibition design
Data research
Data visualisation
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Studio

RNDR is a design studio for interactive media that develops ‘tools’ that are only finished by how they are used.

To achieve this, we develop processes, create structures, design visualisations, code programs, and create interactions. The end result can manifest itself across different media, ranging from interactive installations, data visualisations, generative identities, prints and everything in between – often real-time. We are triggered by how information and technology transforms networks, cultures, societies, relationships, behaviours, and interactions between people. Our work explores and engages with hybrid space as it embraces both digital and physical realms.

RNDR was founded in 2017 in The Hague, (NL). Its main members have years of experience as partners, computer scientists, designers, art directors and developers at LUST and LUSTlab.

One of our core projects, and basis for most of our projects, is OPENRNDR, an open source framework for creative coding –written in Kotlin for the JVM– with over nine years of development, that simplifies writing real-time audio-visual interactive software. OPENRNDR is fundamental for the capacity of RNDR as a studio, as it allows us to realize complex interactive works. OPENRNDR was awarded the Dutch Design Award 2019

Fields of work
Interactive design (ui/ux), data visualisation, information systems, software tools, interactive installations, media architecture, immersive experiences, interface design, visual identities, generative video, creative coding, exhibition design, graphic design systems, hybrid spaces and platforms, machine learning and artificial intelligence (ai), code and design workshops.

People
Jeroen Barendse (NL), partner. Design and art direction. Former partner of LUST and LUSTlab. Awarded BNO Piet Zwart Oeuvre Prize 2017
Edwin Jakobs (NL), partner. Computer scientist, creative coder and visual artist. Creator of OPENRNDR
Boyd Rotgans (NL), partner. Creative coder & interaction designer
Viola Bernacchi (IT). Design & data visualisation
Els van Dijk (NL), Office manager
Marco Dell'Abate (IT), Royal Academy for the Arts, The Hague, intern, 2021
Previously at RNDR
Jasper Kamphuis (NL), Intern, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2020
Ferdinand Sorg (DE), Intern, Hochschule für Gestaltung Schwäbisch Gmünd , 2020
Jaekook Han (KR), Intern, Graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program, NYC, 2019
Gábor Kerekes (HU), Developer, 2017-2019
Amir Houieh (IR), Developer, 2017-2018
Łukasz Gula (PL), Intern, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, 2018
Noemi Biro (RO), Intern, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, 2018
Jon Packles (USA), intern Parsons School of Design | The New School, and freelance, 2021
Selection of exhibitions
Perpetual Beta; Encounters in open space, The Grey Space, The Hague, 2021
Open Highway, Raum, Utrecht, 2018
Typojanchi Typography Biennale Seoul, main exhibitor (as LUST), 2017
Cartographies of Rest, interactive installation at Mile End Art Pavilion in London (as LUST), 2016
Hyperlocator, What’s next, Future Tomorrow, 38CC Delft (as LUST), 2016
Type/Dynamics exhibition, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (as LUST), 2014
Selection of lectures
Lecture Information Design masters. Design Academy Eindhoven, 2021
Talk for Graphic Days Turin, Eyes on the Netherlands (IT), 2021
Lecture for TAAALKS conference, Munich, 2020
Presentation at GitHub Satellite, 2020
Lecture at Britisch Library for Central Saint Martins' Form, Reform, Perform: futures of writing, 2019
MiXit conference, Lyon, 2019
Google Span conference, presentation and demo, Helsinki, 2018
JFuture conference, Minsk, 2018
Creative Coding Utrecht, Launch of OPENRNDR, 2018
Selection of workshops
Workshop OPENRNDR for Graphic Days, Turin (IT), 2021
OPENRDNR workshop for Digital Society School, Amsterdam, 2020
Weeklong workshop OPENRNDR @Politecnico di Milano, 2020
OPENRNDR x Machine Learning workshop @ KABK during Tech Week, 2020
Two week OPENRNDR workshop at Tumo, Armenia, 2019
Workshop OPENRNDR at Artez Interaction Design, Arnhem, 2019
Processing Community Day 2019, CCU and Sensorlab, Utrecht, 2019
Royal Academy of Art (KABK), Techweek, The Hague, 2019
Utrecht School for the Arts (HKU), OPENRNDR workshop, 2018
La Scuola Open Source, 1-week workshop, Bari, Italy, 2018
Two-week workshop at TUMO foundation, Yerevan, Armenia, 2019

Contact

RNDR

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2512 BP, The Hague
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info@rndr.studio


INTERNSHIPS

We are mostly looking for interns that have a background in interactive design. Some experience in coding is preferred. 

interns@rndr.studio

OPENRNDR
Open source framework for creative coding that simplifies writing real-time interactive software

info@openrndr.org
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