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You are the season, the day, the minute

14:00 on 18 January 2020
Collective, Calton Hill

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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 the workshop, You are the season, the day, the minute, Alison will lead a group discussion to draw out our anecdotal histories of weather-keeping and the ways we monitor and share our experience of the weather through our bodies and gestures.

The group will consider writing by Roland Barthes, Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick and Elizabeth Povinelli, film work by Joan Jonas, and research by Nabil Ahmed, all of which have focused on the weather. Short readings and extracts from film and video works will be shared in advance.

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.

Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland.

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Joan Jonas, Wind, 1968 Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York

Joan Jonas, Wind, 1968 Courtesy Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), New York