Neal White

Events & Talks

Neal White &
Office of Experiments

Neal White &
The Deep Field Project

*Under development*

Selected Projects 


Trondheim 2020

An Imaginary Island











Installation / Venice Biennale of Architecture, 2021

Test installation for Central Pavilion of the Venice Biennale of Architecture. Full Documentation to follow opening in May 2021

Between the Barometer and the Dragonfly. ‘How Will we Live Together‘
Central Pavilion, Giardini, Venice Biennale of Architecture, curated by Hashim Sarkis, MIT

An installation with Office of Experiments and Monsoon Assemblages. 

In an interdisciplinary collaboration,  the artist Neal White, working with Office of Experiments and Monsoon Assemblages (School of Architecture, University of Westminster) have collaborated on a new artwork at Venice Biennale of Architecture 2021. Titled ‘Between the Dragon Fly and the Barometer’, the installation which forms part of the main exhibition “How Will we Live Together” situated in the Central Pavilion of the Giardini, examines the Indian Ocean monsoon from the perspective of the Globe Skimmer dragonfly and the impact of climate change on it.

Neal White’s contribution situates the dislocation of scientific knowledge into sensory encounters, using sculptural, auditory and temporal form. He worked with Bill Thompson (Composition) and Erik Kearney (Engineering) with temporal / meteorological data collated by Monsoon Assemblages from across the Indo-Pacific region, focussing on three spatial reference points, the cities of Chennai, Dhaka, and Yangon. The results are three consecutive 6 minute data storms representing 6 months of rainfall each.

Marking the hour, these immersive works remediate atmospheres which Dragonfly follow as the Monsoons sweep across the Bay of Benghal. It is the largest known migration of life in the world.

Brought together with additional form of architectural information; models, visualisations as drawings and fieldwork documentation by Monsoon Assemblages, the installation reflects the changes occurring across the Monsoon event and rain periods. The work explores how we might convey climate change linked to the Anthropocene, a proposed geological era, causing an increase in monsoonal unpredictability.

Talking about the installation, Dr Lindsay Bremner of the Monsoon Assemblages project said: “In responding to the question posed by the curator of the 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale, Hashim Sarkis, ‘How will we live together?’, Monsoon Assemblages teamed up with Neal White’s Office of Experiments to design an installation framed by the monsoon and the flight of the Globe Skimmer dragonfly. By drawing connections between geology, meteorology, monsoonal cities and nonhuman lifeways, our installation highlights the mutual entanglement of human and nonhumans in changing climates.”

Monsoon Assemblages is a five-year multi-disciplinary enquiry funded by the European Research Council (ERC).

Watch the preview film here. ︎

A work in progress - Testing the installation / data storms with the team from Office of Experiments (Bill Thompson, Erik Kearney) and Monoon Assemblages (Lindsey Bremner, John Cook - Selina Cullen and Christina Geros, out of shot) at Ambika P3, University of Westminster, London.