Forecast factory: snow globes and weather makers

Gabrys, Jennifer and Yusoff, Kathryn. 2008. Forecast factory: snow globes and weather makers. In: Kathryn Yusoff, ed. Bipolar. London: Arts Catalyst, pp. 62-66. ISBN 9780953454662 [Book Section]

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Snow globes offer a window into imaginary and speculative landscapes. They present landscapes within submerged and drifting scenes. As fixed as they may appear, snow globes are meant to be unsettled, and turned upside down. In this sense, they are at once fixed and dynamic, frozen and transient. In the space of the snow globe we can begin to imagine the shape of imminent environmental disturbances and alterations, especially abrupt climate change. This Weather Permitting project explores how the snow globe is an ideal device for projecting and examining new natures. Drifting snow could as likely be imagined as an apocalyptic ash; the submerged landscapes as images of ruined or flooded landscapes. “Zero Degrees” explores these future and imaginary climate scenarios in the space of snow globes.

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Climate change, geo-engineering, weather modification, creative practice, public engagement

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24 Sep 2009 10:02

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