Sunday, 20 May 2018

A selection of notes from the Atmosphere symposium

- celestial sky and earthly atmosphere
- history of how to paint clouds; often solid, thick, substantial
- motive to paint sky: as background? - what happens when clouds or atmosphere becomes the foreground and the privileged subject of a given representation (subject over surroundings/settings)
- sky as forecasting events in literature (metaphorical moods for catastrophic events); weather as prophecy
- technology as invading the sky; sky and weather as intercepting technological messages
- unhealthy vs. healthy atmospheres (airborne disease)
- static air/water as threatening/malarial/hostile and moving air/water as healthy
- picturesque vs. grotesque
- atmospheres fit for environments for human habitation
- air as risking contagion, contamination, pollution
- hospitality and air
- poetic atmospheres
- atmospheric effects of paintings in architectural spaces
- formless topography
- atmosphere as 'presence'
- atmosphere as social conditions
- imagistic distance
- atmosphere created through distance and exclusion (threat of what was being left out)
- atmosphere as myth - created vs. experienced atmospheres
- ecology, encapsulation, catastrophe
- terrestrial limits
- resource depletion and ecological collapse leading to acts of care for the planet
- atmospheres of hope - how to diagnose atmospheres that constitute the present?
- 'sphere' as self-contained entity
- are atmospheres found AROUND us, or WITHIN us?
- subjectivity and political atmospheres
- multiple co-existing and/or conflicting atmospheres
- Brexit/Trump and affective stories of anger/rage/abandonment/resentment - evoking emotion through atmospheres to install change
- atmospheres paired with adjective (e.g. boring/friendly atmosphere)
- mirage as perverse mimesis that threatens the atmospheric
- atmosphere as never finished nor complete
- atmosphere as a word used to describe something upon not finding other words to describe it; yet, atmosphere as impossible to visually describe
- one way to approach the visualities of atmosphere is to investigate the effects and affects of it on real objects in the world (e.g. wind makes the leaves on a tree blow)

Space colonies projects, 1970s

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