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Reading the winds
18:00 on 16 January 2020
Collective, Calton Hill
As part of Satellites Programme, Associate Producer Alison Scott will present two events that mark the first phase of her ongoing research project Can we talk about the weather?. These events are an invitation to participate in thinking and talking about the weather as both a personal, embodied experience, and at the same time as a globalised system. In these initial events she will ask us to question: Whose weather is being read and for whom?
For Reading the winds, Alison will present a performance lecture creating a new and speculative narrative connecting the historic architecture on Calton Hill and the “world’s first weather station”; the Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece.
Can we talk about the weather? proposes Collective as a weather observatory; relating to the City Observatory’s history of being used to look outward at the world around us: to monitor the movement of the stars, the temperature of the earth and to refine our reading of time. Alison is using the idea of weather-keeping as a process of monitoring and recording the weather, to help us reconsider how we relate linguistically, culturally and emotionally to the rapidly changing world around us.
Alison’s research will continue to develop beyond these events, with outcomes for Can we talk about the weather? made public in late 2020.