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Picture of a white balloon glowing at dusk. Selection of plants in the frame.

Between Stillness and Storm at Bluedot Festival. Photo by Aidan Moesby

Aidan Moesby – Between Stillness and Storm

Visual arts | 2017

Aiming to provoke contemplation and wonder, Between Stillness and Storm presents a large-scale sculptural installation generating audio and visual responses to changing weather conditions, in both daylight and at night. The installation combines traditional and contemporary techniques for ‘sensing’ the weather. Through analogue and digital equipment such as weather balloons, anemometers and solar panels, harnessed to equipment such as microphones and flip dots, these atmospheric effects are converted to audio visual content. The installation utilises the weather itself as a source of power and operates entirely off-grid.

Developed in response to each festival site, and evolving throughout the summer, the beautiful, kinetic sculptural forms of weather balloons and anemometers will make up the core architecture of the work at each venue, supplemented by additional equipment. Grouped in multiples, at varying heights and scales, these devices will form a field of ‘islands’ that visitors walk through, as they experience weather observations and recordings translated into sound and light. To further explore links between internal and external states, the installation will utilise literary quotations about the weather to explore concepts of our inner health and wellbeing. Triggering personal responses and referencing cultural precedents, Between Stillness and Storm creates an intergenerational, educational and accessible platform for further exploration of how the weather and our state of mind are inextricably linked.

Between Stillness and Storm is a collaborative work by Aidan Moesby and Tim Shaw, produced by Kerry Harker. It is a co-commission by supported by Unlimited Impact and the Northern Festival Network, funded by Spirit of 2012.

Upcoming events

7-9 July 2017 – Bluedot Festival, Jodrell Bank, Cheshire
21-23 July 2017 – Underneath The Stars Festival, Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley
28-30 July 2017 – Cloudspotting, Gisburn Forest
18-20 August 2017 – Just So Festival, Rode Hall, Cheshire
15-17 September 2017  – Ramsbottom Festival, Ramsbottom Cricket Ground