Weather Patterns (2011-12). Erin manning, Nathaniel Stern, Bryan Cera, Andrew Goodman.
Weather Patterns is a large scale relational work instigated by Canadian Artist Erin Manning. It has had multiple iterations, so far in Milwauke, Melbourne & Bendigo. Black fabric components of the work have multiple connective devices built into them (magnets, buttons and button holes, studs, toggles) that allow manipulation and connection by both the artists and the public to create sculptural shapes. Embedded in the fabric are a series of electro-magnetic sensors that sense proximity of bodies amongst other things. This data drives the speed at which sound travels through a series of small speakers. The sound consists of snippets of audio captured from the environment and layered to create a soundscape of the days activity in the gallery space. A series of movement, touch and light sensors uses information from the gallery space and surrounding environment to build complex topological relations that drive the sound capture machine. The work creates multiple, complex relations to bodies and the environment while resisting any human centered focus or easy reading of cause and effect.