NTAA22 FINALIST: Haseeb Ahmed - Stock Weather

Stock Weather creates a parallel between the global stock market and meteorological phenomena, examining the relationship between capitalism and the natural world.

While the market is entirely man-made, we experience it as if it is a force of nature— as something that happens to us rather than something we have made. The installation takes live data from major indices including NYSE (US), TSE (Japan), and LSE (UK) and uses it to generate a weather pattern inside of the exhibition space. This weather is realized with programmed fans that act upon sand, modeling a desolate landscape that is a manifestation of the global economy. A camera focuses on these miniaturized sand dunes, creating a scaled-up filmic image that allegorizes global capitalism.
Commissioned by EPFL Pavilions, Lausanne, Switzerland