Talking About the Weather (2006)

About the Project: "The air you just exhaled has already spread far and wide. The CO2 from a breath last week may now be feeding a plant on a distant continent, or plankton in a frozen sea. In a matter of months all of the CO2 you just exhaled will have dispersed around the planet." Tim Flannery, The Weather Makers

Talking About the Weather is an ongoing cross media project sparked by the terrifying spectre of global climate change. Sheer terror at the possibilities that are being talked about led us to 'talking about the weather'. In this project weathertalk is no longer a banal exchange of local weather forecasts, but instead we ask people to donate their breath - the breath which they would normally use to talk about the weather and the same breath that is spread far and wide as described by Tim Flannery.

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The air you just exhaled has already spread far and wide. The CO2 from a breath last week may now be feeding a plant on a distant continent, or plankton in a frozen sea. In a matter of months all of the CO2 you just exhaled will have dispersed around the planet.--
Tim Flannery, The Weather Makers

"Talking About the Weather" is an ongoing cross media project sparked by the terrifying spectre of global climate change. Sheer terror at the possibilities that are being talked about led us to 'talking about the weather'. The weather, once a safe way for strangers to connect, is now fraught with an edge of danger as ominous signs of global warming multiply. In this project weathertalk is no longer a banal exchange of local weather forecasts, but instead we ask people to donate their breath - the breath which they would normally use to talk about the weather and the same breath that is spread far and wide as described by Tim Flannery.

This is an ongoing project where we will collect breath as widely as possible. On this collaborative blog we invite you to donate TEXT breath. That is, please describe the breath you are taking right now, especially with reference to the weather that is conditioning it.

As part of this project we also collect breath in public places. See Collecting Breath. Some are encounters usually in parks and gardens - the lungs of the city. Some breath is collected at events where we invite people to draw breath on paper as well as 'draw' breath into a microphone.

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