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Weathering Report #11

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
Friday February 9, 2018

Skype (Newtown, Sydney University, King’s Cross and the University of New England)

 

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS

Physical human beings discretely situated in different places, with different (but probably quite similar) interior conditions, connected in discussion by cable and wi-fi and computer and lots of energy

 

FORECAST

A less ambitious year than the non-existent Master Vision of 2017. 2018 will be a year of “intentional adhockery”. Or, a year of epistolary weatherings, parcels of weather sent and received and archived online. Hopefully with one or two fleshy meetings of two, or three or four of us. Of course, we are all weathering alone and together all the time. But there’s something about bodies in proximity that we agree is special.


SATELLITE IMAGES

 

WARNINGS CURRENT

Letters to be sent to each other in 2018. Private address book to be maintained by the collective.

Photographs of correspondence to be uploaded to blog developing some kind of archive.

Printing to be done on Big Fag press (at least one of the big plans from 2017 coming to fruition, surprisingly! – with some serious intentional adhockery)

 

OVERHEARD:

“intentional adhockery”

“letter writing! / can we send each other parcels of weather?”

LIVE READINGS

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Weathering Report #10

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS:

13th & 14th June, 2017 on Rindö Island in the Stockholm Archipelago

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS

All weathers were experienced, except snow and night.

Cosmic: daylight, civic twilight, nautical twilight, astronomical twilight

Meteorologic: Sun (bright, dull), wind (strong, gentle), rain (light, heavy), fog (thick, misty), rainbow (overland, overwater)

 

FORECAST

Two days of “The Weathering Lab” as part of the Wild Weatheirng Collaboratory. A workshop designed to experiment with some of the tactics developed by the weathering collective with early childhood educators and academics in Sweden, Australia and Canada.

 

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY:

Designed by Astrida Neimanis & Jennifer Mae Hamilton, drawing inspiration from the whole Weathering Collective

Tactics for Weathering I: Weather Mapping

Tactics for Weathering II: Measurement and Management

Tactics for Weathering III: Cosmic Weathers, Radical Alterity and Embodied Extrospection

Tactics for Weathering IV: Speculative Design for Better Weathering

Tactics for Weathering V: Weathering Debrief

 

SATELLITE IMAGES

 

WARNINGS CURRENT:
This post is a work in progress. Warnings will be reported soon!

OVERHEARD: TBA

LIVE READINGS: TBA

The Weathering Report #9

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
Thursday 11 May, 2017.
Frontyard Library, Marrickville NSW

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
8am pastries and tea in the library. Scarcity of sleep coupled with overabundant enthusiasm.

FORECAST
Plotting wildly ambitious larger-scale collective weatherings (in Banff? Sweden?), as well as future encounters we might stage with publics, via research-based residencies, exhibitions and workshops. Considered locations for said encounters: Sydney Observatory (revisiting Dawes research from Tilting at Windmills), Paddington Reservoir, Verge Gallery…[Note: in accordance with the collective’s slow-growth patterns, these developments are not predicted to surface anytime before 2019].

First print publication half-materialised (see Warnings Current) promises more little books further down the track.

> A Short and Incomplete History of Dibble St. Waterhole (forgotten watering hole that cropped up during research for the Chart Collective map. What is it?!)
> potentially another little book on cycling as weathering / weather cycles

Talk of eventually making a short-run edition lithograph print version of the Chart map (see latest Detailed Observation) at Big Fag Press. Or a set of silk-screened tea towels, one for each water body.

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY
Thinking about the politics or implications of weathering (beyond just our experiments and tinkerings).

Concise meeting notes from Jen:

“More public engagement. How…
Rivers Australia
Print on Big Fag
Update blog
Plan”

SATELLITE IMAGES

WARNINGS CURRENT
Four things on the immediate horizon boding well:

1. The Weathering Report Occasional Supplement #1. A slow-cooked small print publication to accompany the very first Weathering Report. With Tessa’s newly-acquired risograph whispering skills, it’s time to finally try printing the moon. You’ll find it on the Cloudship Press table at this year’s Other Worlds zine fair.

2. Our contribution to the forthcoming Chart Collective digital publication should be published sometime *soon*… Another project not in a hurry. See below.

3. Astrida and Jen are writing a piece for the Conversation for the Hacking the Anthropocene conference in late May.

4. In June, Jen and Astrida will travel to Rindö, Sweden to work to integrate ideas and experiments of Weathering with a group of early childhood educators. Full lowdown in the next Weathering Report.

WEATHER MAPS
Microclimates. A collaborative cartographic commission for Chart Collective. Detailed observations available here

 

LIVE READINGS

Remarkably, just about everyone involved in Weathering has a new book out right now. Reading close to home this month, kids!

Jennifer Mae Hamilton (2017), This Contentious Storm: An Ecocritical and Performance History of King Lear, Bloomsbury
Astrida Neimanis (2017), Bodies of Water: Posthuman Feminist Phenomenology, Bloomsbury
Kate Wright (2016), Transdisciplinary Journeys in the Anthropocene: More than Human Encounters, Routledge
Tessa Zettel & Susie Nelson (2017), Making Time: An Illustrated Compendium of Notes on Preserving Food + Futures in an Age of Unsettlement, Cloudship Press
&.. while we wait for Bec Giggs’s forthcoming book on whales, here’s a new piece from her on jellyfish Imagining the jellyfish apocalypse, published in The Atlantic.

The Weathering Report #8: Ecocritical Field Experiments on Observatory Hill

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
Wednesday May 11, 2017
Observatory Hill, NSW

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS

Phenomenally perfect weather, according to Jennifer Hamilton (1/5th of Weathering), who took her NYU Sydney “Readings in Contemporary Literary Theory: Ecocriticism” students out for the afternoon. We caught the last rays of orange sun, and watched it set over the great dividing range for the last class of the semester.

FORECAST

How can we sense climate change by attuning ourselves differently to the weather?

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY

Worksheet – Download Here

SATELLITE IMAGES

WARNINGS CURRENT

Overheard:

“This is actually perfect weather”

“I don’t want to leave Sydney”

“I wish all classes would be outside”

 

WEATHER MAPS

Lost in transit

 

LIVE READINGS

Neimanis, Astrida & Rachel Lowen Walker “Weathering: Climate Change and the Thick Time of Transcorporeality”

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The Weathering Report #7: Ecocritical Experiments at Bronte Beach

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
Thursday December 15, 2016
Bronte Beach, NSW

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
Cool and cloudy early-summer day, with intermittent light rain and light winds. Jennifer Hamilton (1/5th of Weathering) took her NYU Sydney “Readings in Contemporary Literary Theory: Ecocriticism” students to the beach. We gathered barefoot, put our toes in the water and considered what they’ve learned in the semester. The water was warmer than the air. The waves were big and stormy.

FORECAST
How can we translate theoretical learning and the reading of fiction into conventional professions such as journalism, NGO service and policy making?

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY
Choose an envelope. Engage in considering your body and weather. Standing sitting raising arms up, reflect. How is the weather different in different postures? How can you feel the weather and the world in your breath? Images from this activity are included below.

We also played the Game of Global Futures as a way of escaping the rain.

SATELLITE IMAGES

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WARNINGS CURRENT
Overheard:

“When I breathe I feel cleansed, as though the dirtiness of my body gets exhaled”

“When I breathe I feel like the dirt is coming inward”

“Let us go to a cafe and have pizza and tea and shelter from the rain and play the Game of Global Futures”

“President Beyoncé”


WEATHER MAPS
Thinking about the waves as displaced weathers (See “Weather Maps” on https://weatherings.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/the-weathering-report-5-the-weather-underwater-wave-weather/) took on a new dimension in this session. The body of water known as the Pacific Ocean connects Australia to the USA. In putting our toes in the water while weathering we were experiencing that connection.

LIVE READINGS
Tsing, Anna & Pollman, Elizabeth. “Global Futures: The Game”. Daniel Rosenberg and Susan Harding (eds), Histories of the Future (Durham: Duke University Press, 2005): 105-122.

 

The Weathering Report #6

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
November 30 – Dec 3, 2016
Technicity, Temporality, Embodiment: 10th International Somatechnics Conference
Byron Bay, NSW

Workshop led by Astrida Neimanis: “The Weathering Report”

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
After several days of hot hot heat in Byron, our (outdoor) workshop was inaugurated by a thunderstorm. Bring on the weather!

 

(while writing this post in [ahem] February 2018, I am listening to Weather Report on youtube.

FORECAST

Workshop description in the Conference handbook:

How might we understand and practice “weathering” as a somatechnique for embodying climate change? In the context of a dominant climate change imaginary (in the so-called developed world), this phenomenon is too often posited as distant and abstracted from our everyday experiences of weather (see e.g. Neimanis and Walker 2014; Yusoff and Gabrys 2011). 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 both archives and instruments in an ongoing gathering of climate-time. We propose that weathering as concept and practice might work as a poethical interruption to these abstractions.
 
Bringing together weather and climate change in and as the body calls for a new understanding of measurement that exceeds the aggregation of data that we take as a sign of global warming. In this paper we thus explore how technologies for measuring the weather impact upon our embodied understanding of meteorology and simultaneously ask how the body is also barometer and thermometer. In turn, how do bodies become archives of climate-time or repositories of data in ways akin to but strikingly different from an ice core.
 
Here, we present a Weathering Report that enacts our collective’s ongoing collaborative project in the art of weathering; we will unpack the theoretical underpinnings of our project, but more importantly, we will demonstrate weathering somatechniques through a series of interlaced and intra-active (Barad 2007) readings, visualizations, and short participatory activities.  In particular, we will activate weathering keywords such as scale / ants / lightening / measuring device / catchment. In doing so, we are reminded that we are not masters of the climate, nor are we just spatially “in” it. Instead, we wish to ask how activating ourselves as weather-bodies can provide new imaginaries of climate change—linking this ineffable and massive “wicked problem” to the very banal, intimate and felt experience of weather. 

 

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY

  1. Lucky Dip! Participants choose from a wide variety of instructions in small envelopes. They can spend most of the session focusing on one instruction, or they can try as many as they like.
  2. Calibrating the Weather Machines: participants were asked to collectively and collaboratively read some portions of text, marking them up as they would do in their own individual reading practices. Discussion: what do these quotes and offerings inspire? How do you interpret them? How do they articulate new patterns and vectors of connection between human bodies as weather machines, and the weather world around us?
  3. Weather-Machine-Maker: Using the props on hand (or not), design an instrument for measuring the weather. (What is ‘the weather’ that you are measuring? How will you measure it? What will your data reveal?)

 

SATELLITE IMAGES

 

WARNINGS CURRENT

Due to various kinds of weather, there may be a delay in transmission.

WEATHER MAPS

 

(from the Conference program)

LIVE READINGS

Florentien Verhage, writing about Merleau Ponty:

 

Audre Lorde:

 

Ann Cvetkovich:

 

Alfonso Lingis:

Tim Ingold:

David Abram:

Karen Barad:

 

The Weathering Report #5: The Weather Underwater / Wave Weather

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
Saturday 26 November 2016
North Coogee Beach, Sydney NSW

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
Sunny, a few clouds. Unexpected sunburns. That breeze from the sea always fools you.

FORECAST
WAVES GATHERING much interest. Plans for a dispersed weathering residency at the beach over Summer 2016.

Distant Forecast: Weathering Retreat on Grand Manan Island, North Atlantic

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY
North Coogee Wave Scale, as measured on 26 November 2016:

Makes Your Knees Bend

Requires Diving Through

Causes Migration to Between-the-Flags

Pulls Your Bottom Togs Off

SATELLITE IMAGES

WARNINGS CURRENT
Overheard:

“The waves — they come in waves!”

“I love the feeling of just coming out of the sea – what is it, that buoyancy you feel.”

WEATHER MAPS
Ocean weather = the wave as a relay of distant weathers; the wave here is an index of weathers not here (in part). The water and waves visiblize and sonify the weather. Waves as memories of Other Weathers.

 

LIVE READINGS
Marq DeVilliers, Windswept (2006).  In particular, we note that the last category on the Fujita Tornado Scale reads as follows:

Fujita 6, inconceivable tornado: Sustained windes of 319 to 379 mph, but no one will ever know, because all measuring devices would be destroyed, along with pretty well everything else.”

Also from DeVilliers: a “weather bomb” : “an explosive pressure change defined as a drop of 24 millibars in twenty-four hours with a central pressure below 1000 millibars” (156) as in:

“The combination was enough to turn the new system – Ivan Redux – into a weather bomb, which as we have seen is a slightly hysterical though still technically rigorous term, defined as a system that is already at less than 1000 millibars when it drops a further 24 millibars in twenty-four hours” (284) .

Future reading: James Hamilton Patterson, The Sea and Its Thresholds

The Weathering Report #3

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
Thursday 17 March, 2016.
John Woolley Building, University of Sydney, Camperdown NSW

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
Dry, stuffy. Dusty. Hot. Sweaty bodies. Sunlight from the window.

FORECAST
Small to medium chance of weathering report books in next 12 months. See Warnings Current.

Of increasing interest in the coming phase: temporalities of weather (predictive time / pre-emptive times) and instrumentalities of weather.

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY
Bec’s tweets during the meeting, which lasted a few hours:

SATELLITE IMAGES

 

 

WARNINGS CURRENT
Milky mammalian weather brewing in Armidale Weather-Body. Bad skype connection.

Otherwise,

  • Mid-term evacuation procedures for Weathering #4 under review:
    – Walter de Maria Lightning Field (US)
    – Fowler’s Gap, NSW (UNSW art research station)
    – Rocky Mountains back country
    – camping somewhere in AUS with John Wolseley
  • Conference presentations, late 2016 highly probable (ASLEC-ANZ Global Ecologies / Somatechnics, Byron Bay). Panel proposal or co-authored papers.
  • Hosting a walk/talk with Frances Bodkin of Mt Annan Botanic Garden, in Sept/Oct. Deep time climatology.
  • Series of occasional print publications – a kind of slow weather bulletin – that each document one exercise. Eg. An attempt to print the moon ?!

WEATHER MAPS
not available

LIVE READINGS
Ernie Dillard – Total Eclipse

The Weathering Report #2

DATE & LOCATION OF OBSERVATIONS
21-23 Feb, 2016, Ingar Dam, Blue Mountains. “The quality of the water can be measured by the life forms present.”

ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
*conducive to swimming and fire-in-the-evening.

  • Tessa Zettel – totally present
  • Kate Wright – around 4 months pregnant and looking for a comfy bed
  • Stephanie Springgay – incubating amoeba
  • Sarah Truman – ditto
  • Astrida Neimanis – slept well
  • Jennifer Hamilton – grumpy and happy
  • Rebecca Giggs – (Bush Google)

FORECAST
By spending 3 days and 2 nights in closer contact with the weather, might we develop methods for reading and responding to weather differently?

Loosely structured: Conversation, collaboration, conviviality (eating, swimming, walking, fire, talking, contemplation, movement, writing)

LATEST WEATHERING ACTIVITY
Feb 21

  • 10 am: depart Sydney
  • 2 pm: arrive Ingar Dam; set up camp; eat lunch (vegan sushi and sandwiches + nutritional yeast)
  • late afternoon: scouting sites, personal settling in, napping
  • Evening: collective trip to the High Ground to plan for the next day and a half. Swimming, fire, food (chickpea tagine)

Feb 22

  • Sunrise: qi gong, haiku, bodyweathering at the High Ground
  • A.M.: breakfast (pancakes & veggie sausage), JMH, TZ, AN – hike to the creek
  • Lunch: quiches and salads
  • PM: writing exercises: disciplined extrospection and weather ecologies; group discussion under the trees [TZ: moss + lichen; AN: ecotone of the dam (tadpole weather); SS/ST: rocks; KW: ants; BG: burrowing; JMH: picnic table]
  • Evening: dinner (burritos) + swimming + fire (with portwine)

Feb 23:

  • Sunrise – swimming or not
  • Morning: breakfast (quinoa porridge); packdown; future planning (see “Warnings”); departure.


OBSERVATIONS

  • supervisor/supervisee relationship
  • red wine is now too warm in Europe
  • hairy ball theorem is the maximum amount of hurricanes that the world can handle
  • ‘through wind’ – old latvian women complaining and precipitating the need for a sweater, always
  • Open the door so the wind can blow the soul out of the house (Jewish)
  • elixir field and pa fung (fear of wind)
  • how all kinds of species form an ecology of weather (eg. ants as markers/indicators)
  • tropopause (Bush Google)
  • gravity as an ecological force
  • what is that smell before rain (acutally)? (Petrichor? KW?)
  • some people make dangerous fires
  • there is something interesting about Captain Frederick Maury (1887?)
  • caterpillars liquify before becoming butterflies

See here for results of some of our experimentation.

SATELLITE IMAGES

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WARNINGS CURRENT
Thinking about going bigger and deeper.

We will meet again in March for Weathering #3 in Sydney.

Other prospects:

  • Ganguddy in the winter
  • Banff residency in 2017
  • epistolary projects
  • Presentations in late 2016 (ASLEC-ANZ Global Ecologies; Summer Institute of the Antipodes; Somatechnics)
  • chapbook
  • methods article

Question: How do you 3D print the weather?

WEATHER MAPS

map1  map2

wind maps by Tessa – Sat 5:30pm (ish), 10 mins, top of hill  / Mon lunchtime, 7 mins, campground

LIVE READINGS

  • Karen Barad – Transmaterialities
  • Alphonso Lingis: “weather is neither substance nor subject” (Dangerous Emotions)
  • Jeffrey Cohen – Stone
  • Lawrence Bunuel on disciplined extrospection
  • Eve Sedgwick – Nationalisms and Sexualities

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