Weathering is an ongoing transdisciplinary research project conducted by Rebecca Giggs, Jennifer Mae Hamilton, Astrida Neimanis, Katherine Wright and Tessa Zettel. The project is an experimental collaboration around the seemingly quotidian phenomenon of weather and the theme of weathering as an embodied experience. This incomplete blog shares some of the early thinkings, meanderings and writings of our nascent collective endeavour, which you might also encounter as a small book, conference presentation, camping trip or journal paper.
Who are we?
We are a collaborative of five writers, artists, educators, activists, in varying proportions and configurations, who all have ongoing and imagined practices for engaging weather. We share interests in engaging weather in relation to climate change as an embodied phenomenon; as activating the porous boundaries between humans and non-human natures; and as a place-body interface that takes up questions of time, flux, memory, cyclicality; and as a site of elemental affect—amongst others. Some of our past/current weather projects include “Tilting at Windmills” (residency exploring William Dawes’s weather journals, Hamilton + Zettel); collaborative “Weather Writing” workshops in North America and Europe (Neimanis); “Walking in the Rain” (Performance Space, Hamilton); “Cherry Tree Weather” (Aeon essay, Giggs).
Weathering as a means of embodying climate change: In a dominant “climate change” imaginary, in the so-called developed world, climate is often distant and abstracted from our everyday experiences of weather. Such abstraction is buttressed by either neoliberal progress narratives of controlling the future or sustainability narratives of saving the past. Both largely obfuscate the ways that our bodies weather the world, and the ways in which our bodies are archives in an ongoing gathering of climate-time. This project reminds us that we are not masters of the climate, nor are we just spatially “in” it. We wish to ask how activating ourselves as weather-bodies, through various collaborative creative practices, can provide new imaginaries of climate change—linking this ineffable and massive “wicked problem” to the very banal, intimate and felt experience of weather.