The changes of course depend entirely on the weather. Weather is generally seen as the epitome of banality as far as our daily affairs are concerned and only really ever affects us when is becomes too “extreme” for the sensibility of our mechanistic society, that should run with the essence of stability without external threats from chaotic forces of “nature”. But when it comes to a deeper understanding (and full appreciation) of climate, weather becomes the all encompassing sphere we must embrace as a primary living force that shapes the very environments we inhabit. This paradoxical relation between weather as a primal natural force vs a banal daily footnote of our oversaturated information sphere is (for me) one of the cruxes of in the efforts to deal with climate change. How can we confront something as global and complex as the earth’s climate when we at most think about it in terms of routine daily choices like what shoes to wear or should I bring an umbrella to work? What was once an important factor for survival has now become little more than a nuisance to the degree that we attempt to shape all of our environments to render it irrelevant for the processes of daily living.
Needless to say, much of my practice revolves around embracing climate conditions and weather patterns as a creative force to reconnect with a wider understanding of our environments. Through sound, the seemingly ‘dead’ objects of nature become animate living components of a complex interconnected world. Through images, our aesthetic habits can be shaped and refocused to draw our attention to patterns of change and the meaningful affects the climate has on the ever fluctuating world. In short, we must cease to be mere actors on a stage and become interdependent inhabitants of dynamic living systems.
The material generated during the residency will be used for upcoming exhibitions and integrated into a larger project concerning the north, weather and climate and human imposition on the landscape.
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