In the face of impending climate crises, environmentalists are
becoming increasingly polarised in their ideas and beliefs.
Bio-Conservatives argue for a curbing of consumption, a return to Nature
and are suspicious of new technologies. Techno-Progressives on the
other hand adopt an optimistic trust in progress, and promise to solve
problems with newer and better technologies.
However, a number of emerging factors suggest possible alternatives
for the relationship between environmentalism and science. Among these
are the DIYBIO or Biopunk movements and the
campaign for open access to science, as well as efficient, headless and
cell-based networks of activists such as Anonymous.
This project explores relationships between ideology and science and
how an alternative to current options might manifest itself. The New
Weathermen is a fictional group of activists who embrace Synthetic
Biology to push for radical environmental change. Challenging the
borders between activism and crime, their actions aim to disrupt the
status quo and propagate an ambitious vision for the greater good.
Deliberately radical and ambiguous, they provide a starting point for
discussion about our existing beliefs and ideologies.
The project consists of a series of test rigs, small scale
experiments that reflect much bigger, radical and slightly deluded