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I Am the Weather
Marte Aas

I am the Weather investigates the connections between the weather, metaphors taken from the natural world and our digital reality. With Munch ́s iconic painting The Scream as a starting point, the film takes us on a speculative journey through the infrastructure we take most for granted; the weather.The film is built up in a fragmentary form: sunsets over an urban landscape flow into images of nacreous clouds, 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: “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 […].”

Aspect ratio other
Prod. format 16mm
Duration 00:12:55
Language English
Color Color
Sound Stereo
Year 2017
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About the artist

Marte Aas

Marte Aas (b. 1966, NO) is a photographer and film maker based in Oslo. Aas’ main area of interest is the intersection between contemporary image culture, history, technology and the landscape. Her work attempts to address underlying structures and gestures that form political and ideological narratives. The different subjects of interest manifest in the form of films, photographs and installations, folding them into non-linear and layered narratives.

The starting point for her works is often a story present in contemporary or historical material, which is being processed through research into different formats and media, although strongly grounded in a photographic practice. Photography’s material aspects, the connection between sign and signifier, and the representational aspects of photography is thus also investigated and processed in her art.

Aas is educated at The School of Photography at The University of Gothenburg the National Academy of Fine Arts in Oslo. Her films and art works have been shown in film festivals and exhibitions such as The film Society Lincoln Center and Anthology Film Archive, New York and EMAF, Osnabrueck as well as The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Henie Onstad kunstsenter, Kunstnernes hus, Oslo, Kiasma, Helsinki and Photographic Center, Copenhagen.