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22nd June, 2022

A thousand words for weather

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22nd June, 2022
End Date:
25th March, 2022

London-based arts organisation Artangel presents a specially commissioned sound installation at London’s iconic Senate House Library featuring thousands of words for the weather in ten languages commonly spoken across the city.

 A Thousand Words for Weather is the first project to launch as part of a new alliance of artists and writers called the World Weather Network, initiated by Artangel and 28 cultural organisations around the world.

Throughout three floors of the University of London’s Senate House Library, visitors will experience the sound of the weather as it responds to live data from the Met Office.

A collaboration with sound artist Dr Claudia Molitor (based in City, University of London’s Department of Music) and writer Jessica J LeeA Thousand Words for Weather offers a new multilingual ‘dictionary’ of words with their definitions, to explore the role of translation and generate a shared language to describe our changing experience of climate and the environment.

To create the dictionary, Lee worked with seven other UK-based poets to translate one hundred words for the weather into ten languages including Arabic, Bengali, English, German, French, Mandarin, Polish, Spanish, Turkish, and Urdu.

The poets and translators who helped create the dictionary include Izdihar Alodhami, Nikhat Hoque with the Bengali British Poetry Collective, Leo Boix, Iris Colomb, Marta Dziurosz, Nina Mingya Powles and Ayça Turkoglu.

Software architect Peter Chilvers will create a bespoke playback system to input data from the Met Office, manipulating the installation’s sound mix in response to changes in the weather.

Positioning itself as a digital ‘weather station’, the new World Weather Network will invite artists and writers to report on environmental changes experienced locally that go on to form a complex and constantly fluctuating global climate system.

From Summer 2022, for one year, weather reports will come from stations in places as far reaching as, a coastline in Peru, a mountain range in India, a temple in Greece, a glacier in New Zealand, and a tropical rainforest in Guyana. Each organisation will share their reports on a new online platform which will also host a programme of talks and events with artists, writers and leading thinkers and climate scientists from different parts of the world.

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