The Prediction Machine going live in Loughborough

September 28th, 2014

the oak and stainless steel machine, with lights and a hand crank and a screen

The Prediction Machine will be exhibited from Wednesday 1st – Sunday 26th October 2014 at the following venues:
Pilkington Library Cafe, University of Loughborough
Wednesday 1st October to Wednesday 15th October

Loughborough Library, Granby Street, Loughborough
Saturday 18th October to Saturday 25th October

The Prediction Machine is a new interactive artwork that has travelled through time, space and all weather to mark ‘moments of climate change’ in our everyday lives. It uses meteorological data to print out climate fortunes based on the weather now and predictions for the future.

The Prediction Machine is created by the artist Rachel Jacobs in collaboration with Matt Little, Ian Jones (Sherwood Wood), Matthew Gates, Robin Shackford, Juliet Robson, Dr Candice Howarth, Dr Carlo Buontempo and the participants of a series of workshops that took place in Loughborough.

The artwork was developed with researchers alongside a wider research project at Horizon Digital Economy Hub and The Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham.  Commissioned by Radar, LU Arts as part of the Nowcasting Programme, with support from the Geography Department, Loughborough University. With support from Frank Abbott, Ravi Abbott, Matt Watkins and Joelle Chess.

Funded by the Arts Council of England, Radar LU Arts and Horizon Digital Economy Research, RCUK

The Prediction Machine’s Climate-Change-Harvest-Festival
University of Loughborough
Sunday 26th October

Come along for some seasonal food, a procession to the weather station led by the artist and an opportunity to write your own predictions, actions and wishes for the future as part of an alternative Harvest Festival.  Times and venue tbc.
More information coming soon… including artist talks and guides to the machine and accessibility information

The Prediction Machine

March 24th, 2014

cardboard model of the prediction machine

Rachel is producing her first artwork as an independent artist with The Prediction Machine. A machine that tracks moments of climate change, based on old end of the pier fortune telling machines. This will be exhibited in Loughborough,  To find out more about this project visit the blog:

The Prediction Machine is commissioned by Radar, Loughborough University Arts and funded by the Arts Council of England and Mixed Reality Lab / Horizon Digital Economy, University of Nottingham.

arts council funding, a doctor in the house and a new project

February 7th, 2014

climate fortunes

2014 has started with a bang in Active Ingredient’s studio. Firstly a letter came through from the Arts Council England confirming funding for Rachel’s latest artwork ‘The Prediction Machine’ which will be exhibited at Radar, Loughborough University Arts in October 2014.

If you live in and around Loughborough you can take part in the project – more information can be found on the BLOG about the project:

Rachel has also won the Nottingham University EPSRC Doctoral Impact Award as a result of her PhD exploring how artists are engaging the public with climate data, she passed her VIVA (and so can now be called Dr) and has began a part time Impact fellowship at Horizon Digital Economy Research Hub and the Mixed Reality Lab, University of Nottingham as a result of all this.

Meanwhile Active Ingredient ( are starting work putting together a project that reviews and revisits their portfolio of work from 1996 – 2011. This will result in an exhibition and a series of activities that explores interactive and digital art in the context of the 1990s and 2000s, exploring how a critical perspective on art that is digital might look in the future. So Keep Watching this space as these exciting new ventures develop…