Friday, 15 June 2012

Put up a small exhibition of prints at the Meteorological Institute This is of the paintings made from my Shetland trips, but also influenced by oceanographic contacts. So now everyone knows who I am and what I do... hmm. Feeling the pressure to make work but also the need for contemplation and assimilation. 

People are being very generous with their time and information.

Birgitte Rugaard Furevik has given me some fantastic satellite images showing the lines of weather fronts, and wind movement - calm areas being dark, and white area indicating turbulence or higher winds. These are areas that are potential dangerous for shipping as changes can occur very quickly and it's more difficult to assess exactly what will happen. You can even see areas of rain in the more 'pitted' areas, and the edge of the frozen coastline is visible - these being taken over the sea in the northern hemisphere. I'm sure I was told more... but it's difficult to take it all in. Strangely they look similar to a piece of work that I made a few days earlier.

Johannes Röhrs has given me a copy of an animation that he has made showing how the waves move the sea up and down but that the water doesn't actually move forward - it doesn't go anywhere other than up and down, but rather it's the energy (generated by the wind, or currents I guess) in the wave movement that moves (does that make sense?).  Of course when the wave breaks then water is propelled forward. The red dot is an item dropped into the water to show how the energy in the waves propels it forward. 
I have also been given more historical data of instruments, old charts showing salinity and temperature - all of which I find aesthetically pleasing and intriguing, even if I don't entirely understand their function.

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Made it to the Institute today on my own - navigating bus and boat, and a walk through the old streets of Bergen.

Learnt yesterday that my maps of pre-1900 meteorological data were actually created after 1924 as they contain symbols and characteristics that were not in use then. The person who developed the new way of depicting weather information was Tor Bergeron who, in 1924, scribbled on the back of a post card the symbols for depicting weather fronts that are now used by meteorologists all over the world. 

Just to show that I am working:

Dec 21st 1900, 57cm x57cm charcoal,chalk and acrylic on paper
The date of the Delting Disaster on Shetland - the image has its origins in a weather map I found in the archives here in Bergen.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Serpentine Line

Started my day with a visit to meet Ralph Jewell in the Department of Philosophy at Bergen University.  His interest in the relationship between art and science (and in particular meteorological studies) led to a discussion on the relationship between Hogarth’s Serpentine line - an S-shaped curved line that excites the attention of the viewer, evoking liveliness and movement – the line of beauty - in contrast to straight and parallel lines, or right-angled intersecting lines, which are uninteresting and dead. 

Ralph proposed that this Serpentine line can equally be seen in meteorology - in the movement of dramatic (extreme) weather fronts and isobars, which also excite and stimulate the senses, and that we might talk of ‘seeing the weather face’ in the same way that Hogarth proposes the appreciation of beauty in the human face. 

There's more... but as it's now midnight (although still pretty light out side), I need to sleep.

State of Sea

Another discovery in the archives... useful for when I next go out on a boat and wonder at what Force the wind is travelling.