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  • Apparitions and Atmospheres

    • Authors: Benjamin Kidder Hodges
      Pages: 1 - 6
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co2023341-6
  • Extraordinarily Hazardous

    • Authors: Philip R Hayward
      Pages: 7 - 24
      Abstract: This article examines the disruptive role that fog and associated weather conditions play in human livelihood activities undertaken on and around the Grand Banks of the north-western Atlantic, the affective atmosphere they create and their effect on human participants. After an introduction to the position and nature of the Grand Banks, relevant weather systems, ocean currents and iceberg trajectories through the region, the article profiles the nature of fishing (and, subsequently, oil extraction) in the area, of the precarity of livelihood activities undertaken and their reflection and inscription in various media. This approach identifies the manner in which aquapelagos (integrated terrestrial and marine systems) are not necessarily safe or stable entities – even in the shortest of terms – and can, indeed, represent assemblages in which humans are stressed and threatened. Within this, the case study examines the manner in which fog is not so much an uncomfortable intrusion into an otherwise manageable industrial operation as a key characteristic to be accommodated. The experience of fog is crucial to the social experience of the Grand Banks and of the aquapelago that is constituted around it. Substantial consideration is also given to the atmospherics of Grand Banks fog in literature and visual art and of the imaginative space created for it.
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co2023347-24
  • Nessie and Noctilucent Clouds

    • Authors: Oliver D. Smith
      Pages: 25 - 45
      Abstract: Since the 1930s there have been over a thousand recorded sightings of monsters in Loch Ness, Scotland. The consensus of experts is these reports of mysterious creatures (known in Scottish Highlands folklore as Nessie) have mundane or prosaic explanations such as hoaxes, wakes, mirages, misidentifications of floating objects (e.g., natural debris, boats) and known native fauna (e.g., deer, otters, diving birds), opposed to extraordinary or unusual explanations such as exotic fauna, escaped animals from traveling circuses, relict plesiosaurs and unknown or elusive species (e.g., ‘long-necked’ pinniped, giant eel). After providing an overview of the different hypotheses and a history of the search for the Loch Ness Monster – the author of this paper argues a rare meteorological phenomenon might explain some monster sightings in the loch during twilight hours between May and August – reflections of noctilucent clouds (NLCs).
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co20233425-45
  • Consumed in the fog

    • Authors: Erin Malley
      Pages: 46 - 50
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co20233446-50
  • My Mother’s Ghosts

    • Authors: Simone Lazaroo
      Pages: 51 - 56
      Abstract: Short story from an Asian-Australian perspective.
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co20233451-56
  • Effects of Atmosphere in Andrew McGahan’s “The Rich
           Man’s House”

    • Authors: Marea Mitchell
      Pages: 57 - 70
      Abstract: Receiving an Aurealis Award for best horror novel in 2019, The Rich Man’s House tells the story of events that unfold within and around the mansion commissioned by Walter Richman on a mythical mountain in the Southern Ocean near Tasmania, Australia. The external atmosphere around Richman’s house consists of elemental forces or “presences” that become increasingly sinister. These external elements and the architectural atmosphere of the house create disturbing uncertainties about how to interpret the events of the novel. Collapsing traditional notions of background and foreground, McGahan’s novel is susceptible to “an atmospheric reading” (Chandler, 199) that includes but exceeds the fogs, clouds, mists and winds that are its partial constituents.
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co20233457-70
  • Weather as cinema

    • Authors: Chris Dymond
      Pages: 71 - 90
      Abstract: This article analyzes weather as enabler of, and able to make, cinematic art. I begin by exploring philosophies of weather and air, and then look at early films where meteoro-logical phenomena receive acute attention alongside related media analyses. Afterwards I analyze two artworks, by Madge Evers and Anna Scime. Each was made by mush-rooms sporifying on receptive media, respectively paper and analog film. This article includes original interviews with both artists.
      I identify fresh ways of understanding cinema but also weatherly and fungal creativity. Analyzing such artworks, I also think about how artists can develop art practices able to galvanize instead of eviscerate futurity. Consequently, I not only investigate more-than-human creativity, but explore how cinema can facilitate instead of block ecological heal-ing.
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co20233471-90
  • Mistification

    • Authors: Vicente Bicudo de Castro , Heitor Coelho , Danilo Bantim Frambach
      Pages: 91 - 111
      Abstract: We live in a world increasingly dominated by technology, and there are many technological advances that we frequently use about which we know very little. Among them, one we know mostly through metaphor stands out: “cloudification”. Metaphors play a central role in our understanding of the concepts and ideas that present themselves, revealing for the first time something that was already there. In this way, we propose the term mistification as a more accurate expression of the current technocratic/technological status quo for which the terms “cloud” and “cloudification” are used. The proposed term – a neologism – conveys elements of Gothic horror which, we hope, precisely capture the current experience of end-users of the cloud. Using New Dark Age (Bridle, 2018) as a point of departure, we propose an analogy between end-users of the cloud with players in a Gothic horror role-playing game, namely the Ravenloft campaign setting of Dungeons & Dragons. Similarly to players in a Gothic horror game, end-users remain ignorant and helpless against all too powerful technocratic/technological giants and their pursuits. This article adds elements belonging to a horror role-playing game campaign setting to a wider cross-disciplinary discussion regarding human-machine interaction.
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co20233491-111
  • Future Clouds

    • Authors: Benjamin Kidder Hodges
      Pages: 112 - 120
      Abstract: This article uses diatoms and the role they play in cloud formation as a prompt to consider histories of weather modification in practice, science fiction and possible future applications to address climate change. Diatoms are a form of microalgae that are present in all waterways and contribute significantly to atmospheric oxygen. They also provide condensation nuclei around which water droplets form, effectively creating clouds. Such naturally occurring particulate matter interacts with intentional and unintentional anthropogenic influence on the atmosphere. The long history of folk speculation and scientific experimentation about effective ways of seeding clouds for rain can help us consider the potential impacts of new forms of atmospheric intervention. From the use of algae as a tool for bioremediation to marine cloud brightening techniques, a multiscalar ecological awareness needs to be publicly fostered in making choices about how to influence climate futures.
      PubDate: 2023-07-09
      DOI: 10.1344/co202334112-120
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