If You Don't Like The Weather, Change It, 2007
In the future, one of the great challenges for science will be to slow down the acceleration of aggressive weather phenomena. As the atmosphere heats up due to global warming, the difference in temperature between air masses will create more hurricanes, storms, and tornados. Also, if preventive measures to reduce CO2 emissions fail we might find ourselves in a situation where we have to take action not only to protect ourselves against the weather but also to actually modify and tame it. “If You Don't Like The Weather, Change It” is a film about the weather and how humans are trying to control the uncontrollable. We follow the trail from ancient rituals up to modern scientific methods to alter the climate. The film is presented as a quadroscopic video installation projected on parabolic discs. In using the round image and often a fish-eye view, the formal aspect of the presentation reinforces the concept of presenting an encompassing vision of a diverse topic where the earth’s spherical atmosphere is at the end of the telescope.
Central to the film is our documented attempt to create a hole in a cloud. Using the technique of seeding clouds with dry ice, developed in the 1960s by Vincent Schaefer and Irving Langmuir, the performance executed above the clouds echoes of megalomaniacal experimentalism. The creation of a hole, or the production of “nothing”, by releasing concentrated CO2 straight out into the atmosphere, could be paralleled to putting out a fire with gasoline. However, the dry ice is also a huge eraser with which we create an ephemeral work of art on the sky canvas. Adding to the timeline of stationary large-scale land-art projects, “If You Don’t Like The Weather, Change It” takes the tradition of altering the landscape and inverts it into an immaterial sky-art project, slowly dissolving into thin air.
An exhibition catalogue produced in connection with the projects initial presentation at Uppsala Art Museum and Galerie Barbara Thumm in Berlin, can be downloaded as a pdf here: