Between the Barometer and the Dragonfly

White, N. 2021. Forthcoming. Between the Barometer and the Dragonfly. Venice Biennale of Architecture

TitleBetween the Barometer and the Dragonfly
CreatorsWhite, N.
Collaborators
ExhibitorMonsoon Assemblages
Description

In this contribution to the Venice Architecture Biennale, Monsoon Assemblages (University of Westminster) will work with Office of Experiments (led by Neal White) on a project that poses the question ‘How will we live together?’ though an immersive installation that challenges and redefines ideas of border, scale and agency.

It will be framed by the idea of the monsoon as a global weather system animated by the earth’s revolution around the sun. It will draw on climate data and field work to convey how climate change and the anthropocene are resulting in increasing monsoon volatility, shorter rainy seasons and more frequent extreme weather events.

The exhibition will focus on the Indo-Pacific Region, which will be defined not by human borders, but by the flight of the globe skimmer dragonfly (Pantala flavescens) that follows the monsoon from east Africa to south east Asia and back again.

The installation will focus on three monsoonal cities around the Bay of Bengal - Chennai, Dhaka and Yangon. These will be represented as core samples of meteorological and geological data, as both physical models and vertical light filled sculptural elements developed with Office of Experiments.

Data taken from monsoonal rainfall over 6 months at each city is being converted into sound and light. Using a process of graphing the shape of each monsoon, each data set is interpreted and then used to control light and sound.

Extending Whites research with Office of Experiments on time based light and sound installations, the aim is to evoke three condensed thunderstorms, in which sound and light are used to model the pattern and shape of 6 months of rainfall data, each storm filling vertical sections above models of the Monsoonal cities, communicating the intensity and interruptions which shape the migration of the dragonfly.

Video footage of the dragonfly collected during field work will be exhibited alongside data driven drawings.

Commissioned by Hashim Sarkis, MIT. Curator of Venice Biennale 2020-21 for The Central Pavilion, Giardini.

Date21 May 2021
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Place of publicationVenice Biennale of Architecture
Web address (URL)https://www.labiennale.org/en/architecture/2021
https://www.labiennale.org/en/news/biennale-architettura-2020-how-will-we-live-together

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