Talking about the weather

Maria Miranda

Research output: Non-traditional research outputExhibition


Talking About the Weather is an ongoing cross media project sparked by the terrifying spectre of global climate change. Sheer terror at the possibilities that are being talked about led us to talking about the weather. In this project weathertalk is no longer a banal exchange of local weather conditions, but instead we ask people to donate their breath - the breath which they would normally use to talk about the weather and the same breath that is spread far and wide as described by Tim Flannery. Working with breath emphasises the dynamic nature of the atmosphere and our part in its creation and destruction. As Tim Flannery says, every breath you take makes you part of a dynamic system called the atmosphere, or the aerial ocean. Talking about the Weather involves performative encounters, where we perform two Australian visitors to a foreign place asking for donations to our breath collection (to be the largest in the world) with which we will blow back global warming. These performative encounters continue our work with the pataphysical mode of an imaginary solution for an actual problem in this case global warming. The work is process oriented involving both the encounters themselves as well as sound and video documenting of the encounters. It plays with the form of various documentary methods working between documentary and documentation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • media art
  • weather
  • Tim Flannery
  • climate change


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