Outdoor installation, boreal forest, Finland, 2020
What kind of cloud is the poem – What kind of poem is the cloud?
Shifting between what is here and what is accumulating, walking/writing/reading is an exercise for searching the invisible.
The cloud is not only atmospheric but also temporal and lyrical.
The moment of now finds itself between one possibility and another, in the air between the letters and the landscape.
Walking becomes writing and writing becomes reading: the outdoor installation invites the viewer for a meditative walk and performative reading in the forest – to pause and experience the natural world anew – to relocate internal and external landscape. Walking/writing/reading along the path is a new orientation towards language in relation to environment, leaving behind its origins and turning towards new possibilities. Through un/knowing, towards unravelling the interconnectivity in the biosphere, the work encourages observation and contemplation of our relationship with the environment.
Connecting carefully selected sites in the forest, transparent writings hide and reveal along the path. The atmospheric poetics respond to the constant change of light, vegetation and weather conditions. Whilst walking/writing/reading, the viewer encounters clouds that emerge from the sensitivity of the sky, the physicality of the experience and the fleeting moment of now.
Atmospheric Un/knowing is an enquiry into the symbiosis between the boreal forest and clouds. The forest fills the air with more than just the scent. Biogenic chemicals emitted by the coniferous trees produce aerosol particles that affect cloud formation, the hydrological cycle and global temperatures, ultimately influencing Earth’s climate system and the future-yet-to-be.
Both the art work and the viewer are present in the ongoing change; this is the cloud that defines the moment in its becoming.