Lunchtime Talks are a series of informal presentations at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio. They normally take place at 13:00 on a Friday, are free and are open to everybody who is interested in what they do. Come along, bring a sandwich, and get to know more about the Studio community, current and up-coming projects, or residents' work.
Last year, Aidan Moesby undertook a residency with us here at the Pervasive Media Studio to spend some time investigating digital technology and how it might apply to, or enhance his work.
In this Lunchtime Talk, Aidan and his collaborator, psychiatrist David Cousins, will join us for a conversation around technology, wellbeing and weather and introduce us to a new project “I was naked, smelling of rain” that they are developing together. They are particularly interested in the impact of physical weather on our internal weather, drawing from the history of climate and forecasting and exploring its cultural canon from art, literature, film. Aidan will use all of these influences to inform a series of responsive artworks.
“I am not interested in it [technology] becoming or being my work - I’m old school - I still write letters.
My work is based around the dual crisis in Mental Health and Climate Change. I am interested in how we use the language of weather to describe how we feel. Under the weather, a bit frosty, sunny personality, my heads a bit foggy. We have our own internal psycho-emotional weather and it is as real as the external physical we experience everyday.
We mediate our life through technology and screens. Random conversations with strangers don’t happen so often. Are we ever truly where we are? Loneliness is the equivalent of 15 cigarettes a day - loneliness is a silent epidemic.”
The Pervasive Media Studio is located within the Watershed building. Let us know if you'd like a tour and we'll be happy to show you around. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org