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    Revisiting the Cloud/s: Interfacing open weather data for live audio-visual performance

    Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2018)

    London, UK, 9 - 13 July 2018


    Julian Stadon



    What does the Anthropocene look like? Should it be described as a singular decisive moment, or a series of banal everyday events? How implicit can an individual feel within such an evolving and accumulative system? This paper explores such questions, through the lens of performative digital arts practice, presenting projects that interface the weather with digital systems, remediating atmospheric data with audio-visual performance tools, to reconfigure how we access and therefore analyse such phenomena. Weather has traditionally been perceived as rather banal, except for particularly significantly abnormal events. Today in a media landscape of fake news, attacks on scientific research and climate change denial, this paper argues that new methods are required for how we interface humans with weather data, be it archival, real time or predictive. Digital media offers novel solutions for the reconfiguring of weather data signification, that allow for a deepening of discourses relating to the weather, through a range of interactive and locational scenarios.


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