Lofoten International Art Festival, August 30 – September 29 Svolvær, Norway
Time (hours and hours of staring at the horizon, reading from the sky, waiting for whales), Ears, eyes, speech, binoculars, pen, paper, clouds, winds and wood.
Small Talk #4: Everything Weather is a playful continuation of Michaela Casková’s ongoing interest in atmospheric observations and everyday speech. Emerging during her LIAF field trip on the Helmer Hanssen research vessel in April/May in the waters surrounding Lofoten, the 14 poems on display represent a form of weather reportage that has been mediated through the overheard conversations of a group of scientists mapping the presence of a zooplankton species, the copepod Calanus finmarchicus. The installation combines these written field recordings together with short personal reflections and small photographs of the sky, and it positions the collection next to an observation chair that faces the venue’s least obvious set of windows. Here, visitors are invited to sit, to look out, and to write about weather that is seen, overheard, or felt.
The curatorial team of Lofoten International Art Festival (LIAF) 2019 have been invited to collaborate with UiT The Arctic University of Norway and their research project Stressor where I was invited as an artists-on-board during April / May 2019. The field expedition took place in an area of the Norwegian Sea outside the Lofoten islands. Work Small Talk#4 was set up in dialogue with the curators of LIAF and had been shown as part of the LIAF Biennale in Svolvær in Lofoten in Norway between 30th August and 27th September, 2019.