FIGURES OF THE ELUSIVE
POLITICS OF THE SKY
Andrea Gunnlaugsdóttir & Claudia Lomoschitz
brut-Nordwest Vienna, 2022
Reykjavid Dance Festival, 2022
Perspektiven Attersee Festival, 2023
Ice Hot Festival Oslo, 2024
Medienfrische Festival, 2024
Andrea Gunnlaugsdóttir and Claudia Lomoschitz invite the attendants of this audio-performance to witness movements, choreographies, and politics of the sky through a feminist lens. CUMULUS opens up practices of acknowledging the sky and creating moments of bonding with the surrounding environment that is the living space we all share. The climate’s culmination and manifestation in the shapes of clouds, cohabitating the atmosphere and influencing what we call the public space is a sensitive and complex feedback system threatened by global warming. The female scientist Eunice Foote researched the – often forgotten – matter of air. In 1856, she was the first to point out the effects of carbon dioxide on the earth’s climate.
Recent research has shown that a warming earth will lead to a considerable loss of clouds as natural phenomena in the near future. Future clouds also take the form of toxic emissions, chemical weapons, and digital data. What does it mean to look at the sky in an age of atmospheric instability and weather threats? Can we still look at clouds with the same poetic gaze as we used to, or has our time run out, in this anthropocentric age, to linger with such poetry? Have clouds indeed been trying to deliver us a message that we have failed to notice?
Sound contributions / Manuel Riegler, Lan Rex, Ernst Lima
Audio composition & editing / Claudia Lomoschitz
Book design / Julia Müllner
Outside eyes Lisa Jäger, Mael Blau
Emotional weather drinks Alex Franz Zehetbauer
Videodocumentation Vik Bayer
Photodocumentation Moritz Franz Zangl
Thanks to Asher O'Gorman, Costas Kekis, Sebastian Scholz and Sebastian Doplbaur.
A co-production by Verein Eyjafjallajökull with brut Wien and the Reykjavik Dance Festival. With the kind support of the City of Vienna’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Arts and Culture, Civil Service and Sport and the Cultural Department of Reykjavik. Supported by Medienfrische residency.