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TED GLOBAL FELLOW NATHALIE MIEBACH VISUALIZES WEATHER DATA INTO ARRESTING SCULPTURES AND MUSICAL SCORES AT THE CRAFT &\; FOLK ART MUSEUM

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LOS ANGELES &mdash\; The Craft &\; Folk Art Muse um presents Nathalie Miebach: Changing Waters\, the first solo exh ibition in Los Angeles of TED Global Fellow Nathalie Miebach. For years\, M iebach has been translating meteorological\, ecological\, and oceanographic data into woven sculptures and musical scores. Using the gridsystem of bas ket weaving as a base\, her three-dimensional data visualizations are a rev olutionary blend of the aesthetic and the informational. Changing Water s opens to the public on September 29\, 2013 and runs through January 5\, 2014.

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The bar graph and pie chart were once celebrated as design bre akthroughs\; but now the overwhelming availability of data has inspired a s earch for fresh and enlightened way­\;sto help people understand informa tion. A new generation of artists is working on visual presentations of inf ormation that will depict data in forms previously unimaginable.

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Central to Miebach&rsquo\;s work is her desire to understand and visually convey t he complex interactions between weather and living marine systems. She coll ects recent weatherdata\, then looks back one year\, sometimes ten\, to ass ess patterns. Utilizing artistic processes and everyday materials such as c onstruction toys\, spinning tops\, model rollercoasters\, and wooden reeds\ , Miebach expands the traditional parameters through which science data has been visually translated.

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The resulting works&mdash\;wall installations \, sculptural floor pieces\, and musical scores accom­\;panied by sound& mdash\;provoke the visual vocabulary and expectations of science and art.

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Miebach&rsquo\;s data has been collected from ocean buoys\, weather stati ons\, historical data sources\, and folklore from the fishing communities i n the Gulf of Maine. In the work &ldquo\;To Hear an Ocean in a Whisper\,&rd quo\; the Gulf of Maine has been mapped out as an amusement park\, in which rollercoasters and Ferris wheels represent data such as the migration pat& shy\;terns of krill\, or the motions of the Labrador Current.

\n< p style="text-align: justify\;">Miebach ex plains\, &ldquo\;My work is absolutely connected to climate change because it looks at weather in this day and age...The Gulf of Maine has been studie d quite a bit in regards to climate change because these seemingly small ch anges in water temperature have led to other chemical changes in the water that are altering the marine ecosystem.&rdquo\;

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The sculpture &ldquo\;An drea Gail&rdquo\; utilizes weather data related to the sinking of the fishi ng vessel Andrea Gail in 1991\, which was the basis for the film The Pe rfect Storm. Miebach mapped the shipwreck data as a musical score\, an d then created a dimensional sculpture of the composition.

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Miebach is th e recipient of numerous awards and residencies\, including a Pollock-Krasne r Award\, a TED Global Fellowship\, the Massachusetts Cultural Council Fell owship\, Blanche E. Colman Award\, a LEF grant\, two-year fellowship at the Fine Arts Work Center\, a Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts Residency\, a nd the Berwick Research Institute Residency. Her work has been shown in the United States and in Europe.

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The opening reception for Nathalie Mie bach: Changing Waters will take place on Saturday\, September 28 from 6:00 &ndash\; 9:00 p.m. An artist talk will take place in the gallery from 6:00 &ndash\; 7:00 p.m.\, followed by a reception. Both events are open to CAFAM members and the public.

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Public programs:

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CAFAM will offer exhibition-related workshops and e vents in conjunction with the

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exhibition\, including CraftLab family workshops on the second Sunday o f each month

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from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

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The Craft and Fo lk Art Museum (CAFAM) is Los Angeles&rsquo\; only institution exclusively d edicated to exhibiting contemporary craft\, design\, and folk art. Located on the city&rsquo\;s historic Museum Row\, CAFAM&rsquo\;s dynamic exhibitio ns feature established and emerging artists whose works create thoughtful a nd provocative visual exchanges between craft and contemporary art. CAFAM&r squo\;s regular programs and events provide opportunities for the public to participate in artmaking and engage with exhibiting and local artists.

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In addition to the exhibitions on view\, the CAFAM Shop features fair-trade art and handicrafts from both local and global artists and artisans.

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For group tour information\, ca ll 323-937-4230 x28.

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Opening Reception for Artifacts of a Life Lived By the Living
(to Live
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Satur day\, September 28

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12:00&ndash\;6:00pm: Members Only Prev iew

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6:00&ndash\;7:00pm: Artist Talk with Nathalie Miebach

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7:00&ndash\;9:00pm: Public Reception

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$ 12 entry/Free for CAFAM Members

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For more information\, email info@cafam.or g

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