The PhD project Climate Cosmograms examines the cosmological dimension of climate images, inquiring how they become more than scientific representations that also portray political and socio-cultural imaginaries of the Earth. The project researches the visual literacies of design and technological systems through a critical examination of current climate-imaging practices to propose other possible forms of climate visuality and imaginaries. This practice-based research starts with the proposal that current climate images are not neutral representations but act as visual proxies of a complex, autonomous, and speculative modelling system that mediates and politicises climate data. Climate images used within the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports are produced to inform climate governance, which I argue, construct imaginaries that reframe people’s political and socio-cultural relationship to the earth. Through examining this reframing, this project proposes to study the tacit role of design and its AI-aided automation by looking at three different realities of the earth that coexist in the imaging of climate; the sensing of the earth as a biochemical substrate; its computational modelling; and finally, the visualisation of this data.

The project Climate Cosmograms asks: what are the visual practices of climate images? How do they construct and disseminate cosmological imaginary(ies)? How can creative practices help to critically mobilise current climate-imaging operations to propose other mediums to simulate the climate and its imaginaries? I hypothesise that by using the medium of cosmograms–a cultural incarnation of the earth–as a research lens, I will be able to document, nuance and diversify climate visuality and imaginaries. On one end, I focus on using the cosmogram as a lens to study the current visual and discursive practice of climate-imaging through infrastructure and software studies, field research and participatory methods. On the other end, I work with practice-based artistic research, including creative and geo-computing practices, to develop a medium that explores what other knowledge, images and simulations can inform climate debate. This project intends to contribute to the field of environmental humanities, climate literacy and artistic research.

This PhD project is supervised by Prof Dr Helen Pritchard at the FHNW-HGK (CH), Prof. Dr. Samuel Bianchini at ENSAD-PSL (FR) and Prof Dr Claudia Mareis at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (DE)

The project is funded by the SNSF DOC.CH research grant for the period 2024–2028.