Stormy Weather, Kunstraum Niederösterreich, Wien

September 9 - December 12, 2020

In cooperation with Centre culturel suisse. Paris, where the exhibition is presented from February 13-April 4 2021.

“Today the cloud is the central metaphor of the internet: a global system of great power and energy that nevertheless retains the aura of something monumental and numinous, something almost impossible to grasp. We connect to the cloud; we work in it; we store and retrieve stuff from it; we think through it.” (James Bridle)
[...] The metaphoric imagery of the cloud makes us think of something fleeting; our data become zeros and ones floating across the sky, carried weightlessly by the wind. In reality, these ephemeral visions of data clouds require infrastructures, which are operated (and controlled) by private companies and, at the same time, have direct impacts on the real climate. Hence, talking about clouds, the weather, and weather metaphors is quite topical, and, in the near future, they will not only be subjects of unmotivated small talk. The exhibition Stormy Weather showcases works that survey the field between seemingly ephemeral infrastructures (data clouds) and their concrete manifestations in the real world. How do artists interact with the non-human counterpart, the cloud? Do metaphors or the realities of the cloud become affective carriers themselves in their artistic reception?
Artists: Susanna Flock & Leonhard Müllner, Fragmentin (David Colombini, Marc Dubois and Laura Perrenoud), Stefan Karrer, Till Langschied, Marc Lee, Yein Lee, Christiane Peschek, Total Refusal (Robin Klengel, Leonhard Müllner and Michael Stumpf), Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud

Curators:** **Katharina Brandl & Claire Hoffmann

Related works:
Cool clouds that look like they should be spelling something, but they don't