Climate Kit


A collection and exhibition of fieldwork methodology for the Anthropocene.

Dunedin, New Zealand

June-August, 2016

>> add a tool to the collection NOW


How to Participate

>> add to the collection: tools of/for/from the ANTHROPOCENE

We want to know about your favorite tool! We are inviting designers, artists, scientists, and citizens from around the world to submit a tool to add to the collection, Tools of/for/from The Anthropocene. These tools together will tell stories of working in our changing environments, modes of practice, and metrics of change. The Anthropocene is an acknowledgement of a complex and integrated relationship between humans and our natural environment. In the same way, this tool collection is meant to expand upon this complexity and overlap in fields of climate science, urban design, product development, and everyday life.

What can I submit? The tools can span from historical to contemporary, from analogue to digital, from rural to urban, for use in the lab or the field. They can be objects of daily life, or specialized tools of the trade. We define a tool broadly; we are in search of technologies, objects, and metrics you use in your practice or life (everyday items, digital tech, maps, photos, icons, wearables, interviews). 

>> join us in new zealand this July

Climate Kit is looking for local New Zealand designers, artists, and scientists to participate in our July 15-19 ZERO1 American Arts Incubator workshop at the International Science Festival in Dunedin, NZ. Coming out of this workshop, Climate Kit is commissioning four pieces from local teams engaging urban, environmental, and technological climatic conditions in New Zealand. Finished projects will be included in a group exhibition opening August 5th-6th in Dunedin, NZ. 

Join us to discuss the unique climate story of New Zealand and explore ways of engaging this complex condition locally and globally. New Zealand is a unique site to explore the design challenges of climate change and Anthropocenic concerns. While picturesque and remote, New Zealand is under attack from many competing climate factors like sea level rise and flooding due to melting glaciers and reduction of the arctic sea ice. As an island nation, key climate risks are ocean acidification, biodiversity loss, mining, drought and wildfires.

About the Project

Climate Kit is a collection and group exhibition of methods of field work in the Anthropocene, combining the practices of art and science. The project is taking place both digitally and on-the-ground through a series of events and exhibitions.

Digitally, it is a collection of tools and stories of fieldwork in the Anthropocene (practical, personal, and speculative). We are currently collecting tools used for climate fieldwork from scientists, artists, designers and citizens. You can add your tools and stories to the collection here!

On-the-ground, these tools will be compiled into a series of Climate Kits to explore the changing relationship between design and climate. Working with science and design communities, the Kits will be enacted and exhibited, along with a catalog of the full tool collection, this July in New Zealand.

We will be conducting a five day workshop at the International Science Festival July 15-19, 2016 in Dunedin, New Zealand, to explore the climate vulnerabilities of the region. This will test the assumptions of the Climate Kits and create responses specific to the South Island climate. 

Join Us - Register Here!

Climate Kit is a project by Sara Dean and Beth Ferguson, commissioned by ZERO1 American Arts Incubator, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and U.S. Embassy in Wellington.

For more information on the program, visit the American Arts Incubator.





About the Artists

Sara Dean is Assistant Professor of Graduate Design at the California College of the Arts. She is an architect and designer; her work considers the implications of digital and social media as urban infrastructure, especially in relation to issues of the Anthropocene. Her work can be seen at Linch-Pin

Beth Ferguson is Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at The University of California Davis. She runs Sol Design Lab, a solar furniture design/build company. Her work positions solar energy as a civic and public resource.



Aug. 6th, 3pm

Presentation: Field Tools of the Anthropocene
Barclay Theater, Otago Museum, Dunedin, NZ

August 6-16th, 10am-5pm
EXHIBITION: Field Tools of the Anthropocene
ZERO1 American Arts Incubator
Atrium 2, Otago Museum, Dunedin, NZ



39 Dunedin Television
August 2016
"Academics tackle climate change"

Radio New Zealand
August 2016
"Climate Kit- when technology meets climate action"

39 Dunedin Television 
July 2016

The Dunedin television station covers our month-long emersion at the Otago Museum.

Otago Daily Times 
June 2016

The Otago newspaper discusses the local organizations and universities we are working with while in Dunedin, New Zealand

Otago Museum
July 2016

The Otago Museum has up to date information on our events, as well as guest blogs about our time at the Museum.

The American Arts Incubator site has our blog posts as well as information about the other Incubator exchanges.