Nephology 1: Cloud Maker attempts to construct
knowledge of clouds through investigating how the clouds
encounter the world around them.
Making a cloud is a little like
making a wave in the ocean -- a gesture that seems
Sisyphian in its futility and its absurdity. But if we consider
the cloud as an object-for-itself, apart from its utility or its
meaning for us humans, then the effort gains a different
dimension. To make a cloud one has to understand it, and
understand the forces that shape it. One has to ask oneself "what does the world has to be like for the cloud to exist?"
Constructing knowledge is, as Levi
Bryant writes "like what takes place in building a house. Part
of building a house will involve conceptual elements such as
ideas found in engineering and architecture, part will involve
social and political elements such as laws and cultural
traditions in architecture, part will be real materials used
such as the tools, the wood, nails, etc., and part the
techniques or practices that construction workers have
learned." Nephologies similarly attempts
to weave together conceptual, social, material and
phenomenological threads through a cloud’s particular point of
view on the world.
Materials: custom misting system, styrofoam, weather
balloon, video projection, C-print