Atmospheric Memory

The photographs I’m sharing here were taken during a visit to Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Atmospheric Memory exhibition, part of Manchester International Festival 2019.

Text Stream II (2019)

I have fond memories of his previous Manchester exhibition, which took place at Manchester Art Gallery, so was excited to see this new work, housed with a space constructed from shipping containers.

Weather Vanes (2019)

After walking through Atmosphonia, a corridor of light and sound washing overhead, I walked into the main exhibition space, with various pieces dotted around and video projections slowly moving across the interior walls.

Vanishing Points (2018)

Having heard about the Cloud Display piece, I spent a little time beforehand trying to think of an appropriate word and was very pleased with what I came up with, which you can see in the header image. I picked Eternity because of Arthur Stace. I first heard about his story in Eddie Campbell’s Alec: The Years Have Pants, in a digression on why the “Eternity” was the centrepiece of Sydney’s Millennium fireworks. When it popped into my head again, I did some research and it turn out be even more perfect. For 35 years, Arthur walked across Sydney, graffiting the word half a million times in chalk. Chalk, of course, washes away so today only 2 examples still exist – one written on a Cardboard stored in National Museum of Australia, and the other written inside the bell of the Sydney General Post Office clock tower. In my mind, this makes Eternity the perfect word to appear in a ghostly fog before evaporating away.

Cloud Display (2019)