On April 25th, Stephanie Rothenberg (www.pan-o-matic.com) introduced an audience at the SP Weather Station Base to the basics of divination, also known as dowsing.
The lecture and hands-on workshop gave attendees a point of entry into a a practice which continues to be widely practiced in numerous forms around the world.
The practice of divination, like the operation of a Personal Weather Station, is a way that individuals can take direct action in monitoring their immediate environment.
Despite a lack of scientific evidence for its efficacy, dowsing is likely the more widespread practice; while currently over 8,500 Personal Weather Stations upload data to Weather Underground from within the US and over 3,000 from other countries, one article estimates roughly 10,000 active dowsers in Germany alone.
Stephanie Rothenberg: Introduction to Basic Divination
3 pm at SP Weather Station
croquet and hanging out to follow
(watch out for the 7 train)
If you are coming to the SP Weather Station Guest Lecture tomorrow, Sunday at 3pm, please note that the 7 train is not running between Manhattan and Queensboro Plaza! The best way to get to the lecture will be to take the G or E to court square and walk west on 46th avenue, almost to the water. this googlemap shows where the side entrance is for our building – we’ll have a sign up & the door will be open (but ignore the street address as there are no street numbers on the building): http://tinyurl.com/3wbt6f
S.P. Weather Station Guest Lecture Series presents:
Introduction to Basic Divination
A workshop by Stephanie Rothenberg
Sunday May 25th, 3pm
(free and open to the public)
SP Weather Station, 46-01 5th Street, Long Island City, (go to side entrance on 46th Ave between 5th Street and Vernon Ave)
About the Workshop:
Divining, or dowsing as it is often times called, is the ultimate sustainable battery-free technology for getting the latest information. It is an ancient practice that was used by many cultures and continues to be used today. In the workshop, participants will be given an overview of basic divining and learn how to make their own divining rods from wire hangers and drinking straws. Stephanie has presented Divination Workshops at 16 Beaver Group, NYC and the Center for Contemporary Art, North Adams, MA.
About Stephanie Rothenberg:
Stephanie Rothenberg, a New York-based artist and educator, is the founder of Pan-O-matic (www.pan-o-matic.com), which brings together a diverse group of individuals interested in investigating our inter-personal relationship with new technologies. Since the rise of mass systemized culture in the early 20th century, the Western world has become increasingly dependent on technology to physically act for us and psychologically live for us. As our perception becomes increasingly subsumed by handheld devices telling us the where, when, what and how, Pan-O-matic strives to recalibrate our bodies and minds, attuning human perception to the mutable environment. Through the investigation of alternative tools and recombinant methodologies Pan-O-matic works at enabling us to regain our senses, or rather our own “sense-ability.”
Haruspication: fortune telling (e.g. weather forecasting) using animal innards
Paul Smokov, an 84 year old cattle rancher from Steele, N.D., claims that he has forecasted the weather with 85% accuracy by observing the shape of pig spleens. The National Weather Service, with their millions in high tech equipment, is about 60% accurate.
Smokov may be the last pig spleen weather forecaster left in North America. The editor of the Old Farmer’s Almanac said the only other spleen reader she had come in contact with had died in Saskatchewan, Canada last year.
Smokov learned the subtle art of spleen reading from his parents, Ukranian immigrants who arrived in the US in the early 20th century. With weather being so important to farmers, and a decades long lack of electricity at the family ranch denying radio forecasts, the family kept the practice of spleen forecasting alive.
more info here and here