Let's Talk About the Weather, 2019
single video installation, 11:24 min, loop
Direction, camera: Dovilė Aleksaitė
Camera assistance: Lucy Kerr
Voice over: Emma Bäcklund
Image on the left: installation view, Alte Münze, Berlin
over the next few days, the weather is set to warm up across the western areas of Europe fairly widely. But before we get there we still got an area of low pressures bringing windy weather to the British Isles.
Tomorrow there is rain in the horizon, but here is a new service from the Weather Channel. Tomorrow's rain will be programmed to start at exactly 4 pm, it is gonna be programmed afternoon rain. We say "rain is much more fun when you can observe it from the safe space". Prepared and dry. There is no need that rain would catch you unexpectedly. Take back control over your day." On our website, you can easily find iCal invitations to upcoming rain events.
Tomorrow's forecast. The grass in your yard should grow around 0,5 mm tomorrow according to the levels of humidity, sun, and slight wind. Your mood tomorrow around 1:15 pm will change from colder regions to the hotter ones and as well the other way around. Those who were feeling happy and uplifted will start feeling sad and might start crying around 1:17 till 2:32 tomorrow. Keep your napkins close to you at that time. Some fluctuations might appear. For those, who didn't cry in the last two weeks, tears can start run down like a thunderstorm at the beginning of this time. For those, who cried in the last week it might appear towards the end of this time, around 2 pm. Keep calm and don't let the salty water from your eyes scare you. Let yourself experience this sensation to the fullest scale. We advise you not to cry while jogging, walking or driving a car. The most suitable way for crying is in the relaxed seated pose. Let yourself experience the sensation starting in your stomach or chest. Let it raise towards your head, and express itself through the eyes.
The ones, who had feelings of discomfort, pain or sadness before midday will experience changes in their mood as well.
In order to predict the future weather you first need to collect data such as temperature, tension, and speed of your mind. These observations are compared to previous data to produce the best estimate of current emotional conditions.
By classifying your emotions in a scale from 0 to 12 you can learn to predict and control future weather in you.
0 is a feeling of calmness, which could be compared to the sea calm like a mirror. The air standing still, no wind, no breeze. Smoke rises vertically. There is no need to change anything. It just is, and it's ok. You are feeling forgiving, nurturing, and supportive. It is beautiful as it is.
1 is a feeling of light interruption of calmness. You are feeling being able to create, everything comes from within, you accept everything that comes along your way. You are able to have good self-discipline. Sometimes it can be so familiar, that it is even not perceived at all. It might feel warm and secure, playful. Direction of wind can be observed by smoke drift.
2 is light wind. It is a feeling of light pressure at any part of your body. It is like wind felt on face, a sound of rustle. You are feeling friendly, helpful to others, willing to learn, it is easy to get work done. Sensitive vanes are moved by the wind.
Please be precise when identifying your feelings
3 is a gentle feeling. Leaves are in constant motion. You are feeling flexible when approaching different aspects of your life. You feel safe, not interested in conflicts, competition, you are not blaming yourself for something you did or did not do and so approach the others as well. It is hard to disturb you. There is no need to control. Wind extends light flag.
4 is moderate wind. You might experience it as tightness at any part of the body. It is a willingness to act without hesitation. We can do, we can correct. We can change whatever, whenever needed. It is easy to let go of the tension and move on. Dust and paper raises. Life is fun.
5 Fresh breeze. You feel dependent upon external conditions. Sensations in the chest area are combined with feelings of pride. You are unwilling to change or move. The sensations of boredom, coolness or light fear might come along, as well as a wish of isolation or knowing-it-all. It might feel as something rigid. Small trees in leaf begin to sway.
6 Strong breeze. Large branches in motion; whistling heard in telegraph wires; umbrellas used with difficulty. The sensations might be very intense and explosive. It might feel energetic, but as well easily annoyed, demanding. Impatience, a feeling of jealousy or wanting to be rebellion might come along.
7 High wind. A feeling of hunger of any kind. Hunger for money, power, sex, people, places, and things, but with hesitation. Inconvenience felt when walking against the wind. You may or may not reach out. Feelings can be very intense. The thoughts can be constantly turning around about what you want, but don't have. You are feeling impatient. Whole trees in motion.
8 Moderately high waves of greater length. You experience a feeling of wanting to strike out, but you won't. The risk of getting hurt is too great. You are feeling contracted as it is almost painful. Feelings can rise and fall very rapidly, like cool water on a hot skillet. You are thinking about what you might lose and how can you protect yourself. You might experience feelings of doubt, being nervous, worried.
9 Sea begins to roll; spray affects visibility. Strong pressure. It might feel like larger branches breaking off trees, and some small trees blow over. Construction/temporary signs and barricades blow over. Damage to circus tents and canopies. Sometimes the feeling comes after being heartbroken. It is not fair.
10 Seldom experienced inland; trees uprooted. You might feel heavy like pressed down to the floor of the ocean. There is no wish for anything and there is no way out. But you enjoy the feeling of being weak, though there is no energy in the body. It might feel like being pulled in so many directions. The feeling of boredom, wanting to give up, being in despair, forgetful might come up. You don't care about anything, it is hard to make decisions, you are waiting. There is no such good sense of humour here.
11 It feels like guilt, like if you have done something bad, and you have stayed with that feeling. Someone needs to be punished. You are paralysed by the fear of punishment. If there is none from outside to punish, you are always ready to punish yourself and get relief. There might be a feeling of disappointment and no wish to take any action. If only it could have been different, the mind might appear. The feeling of sorrow and the thought of "poor me" might appear. You might regret and feel helpless.
12 The air is filled with foam and spray; the sea is completely white with driving spray; visibility is very seriously affected. It is a feeling of being pressed down by your feelings. It is hard to do anything. You might feel ashamed that you have certain wishes and feel bad about it. The feelings of giving up, discourage might appear. It is too late. You might feel like lost in the sea, spaced out, stoned, too tired. The thought "Why try?" might appear.