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Alison Scott

Satellites Programme




Over the next four weeks, in a new writing series Satellites Programme participant Alison Scott engages with and reflects on Sophie Dyer and Sasha Engelmann’s ongoing collaborative project open-weather.

Open-weather 'probes the noisy relationships between bodies, atmospheres and weather systems through experiments in amateur radio, open data and feminist tactics of sensing and séance’.*

The four written episodes will continue and expand Alison’s research project Can We Talk About The Weather? that investigates what happens when we embody our understanding of the weather; and proposes Collective’s City Observatory site as a weather observatory rather than its historic use for astronomy and time-keeping.

In the first installment The Outset Alison introduces and participates in open-weather stepping into the project herself to undertake a process of working- and thinking- through to extend and explore its collaborative nature. Alison is writing while learning and experimenting as direct participation within the open-weather project that includes the growing open-weather archive.

Each episode will be released weekly here on our website to become an accumulating document that evidences a reciprocal process occurring between Alison, Sophie and Sasha.

Follow the episodes as they unfold:

Sophie Dyer is a feminist researcher, designer, and activist, specialised in visual and open source investigations. She works with Amnesty International’s Evidence Lab and is an Affiliate of The Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.

Sasha Engelmann is a geographer and artist exploring interdisciplinary, feminist and creative approaches to environmental knowledge making. She is Lecturer in GeoHumanities at Royal Holloway University of London and a fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart.

Alison Scott is a Glasgow based artist and writer who often works with other artists. Her work is research-led and driven by interests in expanded performance and writing practices, and speculative approaches to knowledge production. In early 2020 she hosted two events at Collective as part of the ongoing project Can We Talk About The Weather: a performance and a workshop.

Satellites Programme is Collective’s development programme for emergent artists and producers based in Scotland.

*This description is from open-weather.

**Header image credit: NOAA 18 on January 24th 2021 from Stuttgart, Germany. Captured by FamSchä and shared in the open-weather archive.