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Lecture – The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke’s Critical Meteorology

http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/audio-video/audio/haacke-tyson.html

The Artist as Weatherman: Hans Haacke’s Critical Meteorology

John A. Tyson, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art. Hans Haacke (b. 1936, Cologne) is one of the leading figures of conceptual art and one of the most important political artists working today. In 2013, the Collectors Committee of the National Gallery of Art made possible the acquisition of Haacke’s Condensation Wall (1963–1966/2013), a breakthrough kinetic work from the artist’s early career. Reflecting Haacke’s involvement with the West German-based group Zero, Condensation Wall is part of a set of sculptures, includingCondensation Cube and Condensation Floor, that combine geometric shapes and organic materials to reveal physico-dynamical processes. Contemporaneous with minimal sculpture, Haacke’s work transforms the industrially fabricated containers of artists like Donald Judd and Larry Bell into barometers: depending on the conditions of the environment, the water inside condenses and evaporates into fog or “rain.” The transparent boxes frame this natural process, the gallery that displays them, and the surrounding artworks. In this lecture, delivered on December 14, 2015 as part of the Works in Progress series, John Tyson considers how Haacke has employed weather for both aesthetic and political ends, exploring the way meteorological projects, such as Condensation Wall, can heighten viewers’ awareness of the normally invisible systems at work in art institutions.

Detail of Haacke’s Condensation Wall (1963-1966/2013)

 

History.

We couldn’t have put it better than this

From Blonde Art Books (check their excellent photos too):

Our first event on the Blonde Art Books tour was a huge success last night at Furthermore in Washington, DC. Blonde Art Books led a series of presentations of various local independent publishing projects. Larissa Leclair of the Indie Photobook Library shared over 30 photobooks from the library that have been donated by local artists. Natalie Campbell introduced her collaborative project SP Weather Station  (with Heidi Neilson) as well as France-based Cahiers Intempestifs, and Lauren VHS presented her on-going project Cancelled as well as her upcoming publication Non-participation. Local book-makers participated in an informal show&tell including Ginevra Shay, Renee Regan, Ryan Syrell, Kyle Tata, Bill Crandall, Martine Workman, and Bryan Minnich, among others.

Special thanks to Sonel Breslav from Blonde Art Books for instigating last night’s event and to Furthermore for hosting! We were pleased to be included among so many other great projects and to present the first opportunity for the public to view the 2012 SP Weather Reports (which can now be viewed online here). We want to join Sonel in thanking the artists/publishers who came out and share their work.

Table with the 2012 SP Weather Reports and Cahiers Intempestifs

Tide and Current Taxi expedition

On Saturday, May 18, at dawn, SP Weather Station partnered with Marie Lorenz’s Tide and Current Taxi on a water-borne dérive in Jamaica Bay. We brought along maps of flight paths and Atlantic coast bird migration routes and, very loosely, let them guide our journey.

Marie’s blog entry gives a pretty great overview of the day.

Ellie Irons in “Drawn to Nature,” Wave Hill

2013 SPWS Weather Interpreter Ellie Irons will present a range of pieces from her Invasive Pigments project, opening tomorrow. Ellie will conduct a workshop this Saturday April 6th from 12–2pm; the exhibition reception is on Sunday, April 7th from 2–4:30pm. Full details/link below!

Drawn to Nature
Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery
April 2 – June 16, 2013

Directions & shuttle info here

Happy World Meteorological Day

March 23 is WMO World Meteorological Day! Celebrate by viewing the World Weather Watch photo exhibition via flickr :

Get the flash player here: http://www.adobe.com/flashplayer

Snowstorm in 38 seconds

Here is the snowstorm that hit the Northeast in the last few days, out a Long Island City, Queens, New York window, in 38 seconds (timelapse: one frame per minute from 9:06pm February 7 to 12:31pm February 9).

Amusing follow up about this snowstorm: an article on the gawker website, ‘Snow Panic Has Driven Weather.com Completely Insane

Leandro Erlich’s “La Vitrina Cloud Collection”

Leandro Erlich’s “La Vitrina Cloud Collection”

On Scale of 0 to 500, Beijing’s Air Quality Tops ‘Crazy Bad’ at 755

From The New York Times:

“BEIJING — One Friday more than two years ago, an air-quality monitoring device atop the United States Embassy in Beijing recorded data so horrifying that someone in the embassy called the level of pollution “Crazy Bad” in an infamous Twitter post. That day the Air Quality Index, which uses standards set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, had crept above 500, which was supposed to be the top of the scale.

So what phrase is appropriate to describe Saturday’s jaw-dropping reading of 755 at 8 p.m., when all of Beijing looked like an airport smokers’ lounge? Though an embassy spokesman said he did not immediately have comparative data, Beijing residents who follow the Twitter feed said the Saturday numbers appeared to be the highest recorded since the embassy began its monitoring system in 2008.”

Bleeker Street Documents

SP Weather Station interpreter Peter Jellitsch has recently completed ‘Bleeker Street Documents’, a project which records and makes visible WLAN-Wireless Local Area Networks in an apartment in Manhattan. See more at: http://www.peterjellitsch.com/2012/12/21/bleecker-street-documents/