Hau ō Tawhirimatea: Breath of Weather involves eight climate-challenged locations in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, the South Pacific/Aotearoa New Zealand region. The participants in the Breath of Weather Collective will create two linked voice streams for local and global online dissemination, using mobile phone tools and an aeolian (wind) harp kitset, designed and delivered to the eight locations for installation along with local materials at significant sites.
The first vocal stream comes from Ngā tangata, the people, providing regular in-situ reportage (video, audio, graphics and text) of how weather and climate change impacts on their local community and environment. The second stream is the collective voices of the wind harps, one per location, monitored and recorded for Huarere Koea: Weather Choir, an aeolian chorus.
Unique to this project, the aeolian, quasi/sonic-art/weather instrument, is devised and considered as a metaphorical ‘body’, harmonically responding to the variabilities of wind and weather, consonant when calm, dissonant when wild. The Weather Choir operates as a continuous conceptual chorus and as a collective data-mix for gallery and website performances.
About the artists
This project is a collaborative group called the Breath of Weather Collective. Primary regional locations and participant-contacts are: Rarotonga/Cook Islands: Kelvin Passfield; Kingdom of Tonga: Uili Lousi; Island of Niue: Mark and Ahi Cross; Samoa: Maina Vai; Whakatane in Aotearoa New Zealand: James McCarthy; Haumoana in Aotearoa New Zealand: Ricks Terstappen; Taranaki in Aotearoa New Zealand: Pasha Clothier; Tāmaki Makaurau in Aotearoa New Zealand: Phil Dadson.
Phil Dadson, the primary artist/facilitator for Breath of Weather is an artist/musician from Aotearoa New Zealand. His highly inventive trans-disciplinary approach encompasses experimental musical instruments and sonic objects, video/sound installation, music composition, graphic scores, drawing, sound sculptures and improv’ with invented instruments.