Augenbeobachtung 1 und 2-1 (Naked eye observation 1 and 2-1)
Here, I explore a method of working in meteorology – naked eye observation – that has been practised at several thousand observatories all over the world for more than a century. It is employed to document weather phenomena and cloud patterns. As no technical device has been invented as yet that can classify clouds automatically, people observe the sky themselves and classify the clouds in this way. These subjective cloud observations are encoded according to an internationally standardized cipher and entered into an observation diary. These data are utilized world-wide for scientific models of weather forecasting.
Based on the approach of naked eye observation, I develop an artistic process that elucidates the transition from observations into a system. I replace the observation of the clouds in the sky with a view into the cloud diary in which the Latin names for cloud classification are recorded. What do they tell me? I translate them into drawings without thinking of clouds as I do so; the drawings are free associations with the Latin terms. I fold the works produced in this way according to the same principle in each case and stack them chronologically.