Let's Talk About the Weather, 2019
single video installation, 11:24 min, loop
A desire of control–control of the emotions, weather or just how the life goes–is the core topic in this work. It unfolds as fictional weather forecast that leads the viewer through a succession of weather events—rain, wind or growth of grass—and different emotional states. Beaufort wind force scale here comes together with a David R. Hawkins’ “Map of Consciousness”; High vibrating emotions come together with a light wind and the wind gets stronger as the emotions like anger or shame come along.
“Nature is like the rain, it provokes a sensation of powerlessness” Vilém Flusser was writing in “Natural: Mind.” The human wish to control the surroundings and change the way things are is one of the main human desires. If we would have the possibilities to control the rain, then it would be a “this afternoon, programmed, four o’clock rain.” The means to control nature is by making it “culture,” putting nature that is good for nothing into something that is good for a deliberate purpose. The video installation questions the division between culture and nature and when one becomes another.
The wind scale, devised by Francis Beaufort in 1805, was one of the starting points to the modern weather forecast. It is based on visual and subjective observations of the sea and is still used till today. In the video work, Beaufort’s scale correlates with different emotional states defined by psychiatrist David R. Hawkins. He developed scale of emotions, called Map of Consciousness by using a methodology, proceeding from the studies of kinesiology and nonlinear dynamics. He stated that the subjective and the objective are, in fact, one and the same. And if it is so, then we can find the answers to all questions by merely looking within man himself.
In the project the emotions from Map of Consciousness, like shame, guilt, apathy, grief, fear, desire, anger, pride, courage, neutrality, willingness, acceptance, love are merged with the scale of the wind, so creating a measurement system for inside and outside worlds at the same time. Emotions here are seen as uncontrollable as natural phenomenons.