The Prediction Machine

Rachel Jacobs 2015

The Prediction Machine is an interactive artwork based on Victorian-era fortune telling machines, hand-powered via a dynamo, and connected to a weather station and a live data feed. The work invites us to become immersed in the act of using an instrument, generating data, and observing the changing weather. The machine predicts ‘moments of climate change’ that we might experience in the future – from snow on a summer’s day to three months of drought. Predictions are presented as short video messages from the future. The experience concludes with a printout of a ‘climate fortune’ we can take away and keep.


Sustainable oak; steel; aluminium; printer; LCD screen; speakers; laptop; cables; adaptors; generator; bicycle chain and gears; iPad. Dimensions: 145 x 32 x 46cm


The New Observatory
June 2017 – October 2017 at FACT, Liverpool

Data Types

Environmental, Geospatial, Identifiable, Live, Metadata, Open, Real-time, Retrieved

About the Artist

Rachel Jacobs is an artist, consultant, researcher and co-founder of the award winning artist-led company Active Ingredient.The Prediction Machine has emerged from Active Ingredient’s previous project ‘Timestreams’. Rachel is currently an Associate Researcher/Artist in Residence at…
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