Weather Almanac is an instrument that captures real-time and historical meteorological activity, and transports it into the domestic sphere. Inspired by the ways in which the external forces find their way into Schloss Hollenegg’s interiors – from the gentle rattle of a light wind, to the deafening sound of a summer storm – the piece aims to not only relay quantitative data, but to also display qualitative experiences of movement, colour and sound.
The electro-mechanical flipdot display is controlled by custom software connected to the weather data of Graz-Thalerhof airport. The wind and rain data is used as an input to change the composition of the display: when there is almost no wind outside, the coloured pixel of the panel move slowly and subtly; with strong wind, a wave of flipping dots rattle like the windows of the castle; when it rains, the sound is deafening.
In collaboration with Jon Stam at Commonplace Studio
Produced with the generous support of Schloss Hollenegg for Design