Climate Futures

Exhibition and Curation April 2022
Yale University CCAM Gallery

Image Credit: Alvin Ashiatey

An interdisciplinary event tracing the past, present, & future of climate change through work by scientists, artists, & musicians at Yale.

Curatorial Statement:

The phrase “climate change” has become a synonym for everything from natural disaster to weather phenomena, the global symbol of a situation that we are all part of. Language aside, this long-term shift in the Earth’s patterns continues to produce an infinite amount of observed effects and artifacts. Climate Bauhaus introduces traces of the past, present, and future of “climate change” through interdisciplinary work by scientists, artists, and musicians at Yale—and brings it and them together at CCAM.

We look to the Bauhaus movement, founded in 1919, as a model for dialogue and discovery across disciplines. The Bauhaus of our title is not confined by its historical role in design. It is Bauhaus in our approach to climate in the sense of a philosophy of art, science, and technology driven by interdisciplinary creativity, pedagogy, and education, as a way to connect and learn about the many aspects of climate change.

Beyond this event, Climate Bauhaus will continue to live at CCAM as an ongoing initiative to consider climate change through an interdisciplinary lens. The intent of Climate Bauhaus is to be practical and participatory. This ongoing engagement at CCAM will evolve as a collection of workshops, performances, collaborations, and conversations.

The exhibition presents:
  • Homologies, a 40” x 50” digital print by Dana Karwas in collaboration with Diego Ellis-Soto and Matthew Suttor: Using the sonification and data files from the Collective Pulse collaboration, Karwas creates visual artifacts as vehicles of communication for the latent spaces of animal movement.
  • Climate Futures, 18" x 18" art boards presenting outcomes from the Climate Futures Open Call. This exhibition and design sprint, led by CCAM Guest Artist Daniel Perlin, interconnects and explores ideas presented in Kim Stanley Robinson’s speculative fiction novel Ministry of the Future to engage directly with key, critical facets of the climate crisis. (Want to be part of the Open Call? There's still time! Register by April 21.)
  • Collective Animal Behavior, a video series by Diego Ellis-Soto: This project uncovers the hidden lives of animals through music theory and artificial intelligence.


The Collective Pulse live set by Matthew Suttor and Diego Ellis-Soto that brings together music, biodiversity, data science, technology, and visual art, drawing researchers from the Max Planck–Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change with composers and visual artists to investigate threatened ecosystems through the sonification and visualization of data.

Collaborators: Diego Ellis-Soto, Dana Karwas, Matthew Suttor, Vicky Blum, Douglas Duhaime, Jolle Jolles, Jonathan Koss, Dakota Stipp, Ye Qin Zhu

From sunset:


Vantages is an architectural installation illuminating York Street’s windows with video art featuring natural environments found in New Haven. Created by a collective of artists playing with different perspectives and varying time scales, the project invites you to consider the natural beauty of our city.

Collaborators: Shawn Boyle, John Horzen, Henriëtte Rietveld, Henry Rodriguez, Sam Skynner, Camilla Tassi, Hannah Tran


Exhibition Curator: Dana Karwas, CCAM Director

Assistant Curator: Lauren Dubowski, CCAM Assistant Director