Word Weathers is an interactive durational writing performance that considers the radical nature of now-ness as a temporal state of atmospheric contingency bound by location, observation and critical reflection on the state of a biosphere in crisis. Over the course of a full rotation of the earth (24 hours) on the winter/summer solstice (21 June 2022), we propose to collaborate, write, read, image, sound, respond, edit, augment, and supplement a single continuous text and mark-making performance visible to all event participants. This online (Zoom-specific) performance writing exchange will include others situated around the globe to participate as honoured guests to watch and record their weather. Our collective efforts will be to become weather: to mark the moment of the moment of transition from navigational, geographical and meteorological thought and the emergence of an extended dawn around the globe.

About the artists

We are a core group of five artistic researchers with established practices ranging from live art, sound art, installations, and scholarly and performing writing. We are drawn together by our various expertise on weather, climate change and noticing as topics and processes at the forefront of contemporary thought and action. We share a curiosity around the spatiality of language and its material constitution to do more than represent. Janine Randerson will also take part as facilitator and writer in this event.

Andy Lock

Andy Lock is an artist, researcher and educator. His work utilises the spoken-word, installation, photography, performance and situated writing to create speculative spaces which explore the experience of inhabiting sites and disclosing the presences repressed or denied therein. Andy’s work has been exhibited internationally, and published in several collections.

Julieanna Preston

Julieanna Preston speculates on the vitality of materials through durational site-situated live art, installations, videos, and performance writing. Recent works include breath-taking (2019, Denmark), RPM Hums (2018, NZ), Being Under Symphony (2019, USA), “You are embued with tolerance…” (2019, Architecture & Culture), “Road Care” (Jen Archer-Martin, 2020, Performance Care), “motor-mouthing” (2020, Voice and New Materialism), HARK (2021, Wellington).

Layne Waerea

Layne Waerea is an artist and educator interested in site-specific, socio-legal performance to video and photograph, and related performance writing and presentation. Recent work includes Māori Love Hotel (2020, Auckland), But what if someone wanted to sue a river? (2019, panel presentation AAANZ) and an ongoing participatory project – the chasing fog club (Est. 2014).

Mick Douglas

Mick Douglas is an artist and academic working across performance, art, social practice and performative writing. Recent work includes performance installations at MONA and The Performance Arcade Wellington, establishing ‘untitled station’ - a residential arts research place in the Australian Wimmera, and writings in journals Performance Research and JAR.