I am the Weather (2018)
HD Video, 13 min

I am the Weather (2018) portrays the seriousness of the new geological epoch in the history of the earth, the Anthropocene. This designation indicates that alterations of the earth's surface created by human beings are so comprehensive that we will leave discernible stratigraphic traces behind us for millions of years. On this basis it is impossible to separate human beings from nature or the climate, as Aas suggests in the title of the work. The film starts from Edvard Munch's portrayal of the blood-red sky above the Christiania fjord, which formed the basis for the flame-like, waved coloration in Skrik (The Scream – 1892), where borderlines between the perceiving subject and external nature are obliterated. In 2004 three American scholars advanced the idea that the red sky was caused by dust in the atmosphere and an enormous emission of CO2 after the volcanic eruption on Krakatoa in Indonesia (1883). In 2018 three Norwegian meteorologists proposed an alternative hypothesis that the coloration of the sky in the iconic painting could be the result of nacreous clouds (sometimes called "mother-of-pearl" or polar stratospheric clouds).
Aas begins with Munch's awe-inspiring descriptions and this research, which form a backdrop for a thematic turn toward present-day climate change. With increasing emissions of CO2 the troposphere becomes warmer, such that nacreous clouds occur more frequently. The film is built up in a fragmentary form: sunsets over an urban landscape flow into images of nacreous clouds downloaded from the internet. Then we see several clips from servers, data-storage and communications centers that contribute to the release of huge amounts of CO2, which again create unstable cloud masses over the earth. In this way clouds in the atmosphere have a reciprocal relationship with the digital cloud. Existential angst turns in the direction of climate-angst, where the poetic text of sound images shows how various climatic elements have become personified via a new "I" inspired by Munch's own words. He said, "I felt a breath of melancholy – [...] I stopped and leaned against the railing tired to death – looking out across flaming clouds of blood and sword [...]."
Text: Tone Lyngstad Nyaas


Film still from I am the Weather, HDvideo, 13 min

Film still from I am the Weather, HDvideo, 13 min

Film still from I am the Weather, HDvideo, 13 min

Film still from I am the Weather, HDvideo, 13 min

Film still from I am the Weather, HDvideo, 13 min

Film still from I am the Weather, HDvideo, 13 min

Installation view - Munch´s House - Haugar Vestfold Artmuseum