Sunday, June 3, 2012

Weather obsession.

Remember that part in The Truman Show when Truman tries to escape his fake reality and the producer of the show unleashes "The Weather Programme" as the ultimate weapon? Is the weather control really the ultimate weapon? And doesn't it seem strange that in today's world of genetic manipulation, satellite communications, space research and all the other available technologies, people are still not capable of controlling the weather?

Conspiracy theorists of course claim that the scientists from HAARP (ionospheric research program in the US) have mastered the weather control long time ago and are responsible for series of natural disasters. I know for sure that the artist who has mastered the weather control is Olafur Eliasson.

Olafur Eliasson's work is based entirely on elements of the weather - water, light, temperature, pressure.

by Bill

This is the "Weather Project" at Tate Modern from 2003. People would enter the building and instantly be confronted with the gigantic illuminated orange disc whose light is perfectly diffused in the space so that it gives the feeling of a setting sun. There is also a giant mirror on the ceiling which creates the illusion of uneven edges of the upper half of the disc and the mist in the space is created with sugar and water air pumps.
Eliasson's work is so simple, yet so powerful and apocalyptic.

Another artist who is able to "control the weather" is Berndnaut Smilde. He has specialized in creating clouds.

via Berndnaut Smilde

He creates these using a smoke machine, indoor moisture and dramatic lighting. Each cloud only exists for a few moments before dissipating. I love the idea of an empty gallery space filled with clouds that appear and vanish after a few moments.

So,  did YOU talk about the weather today? 

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