A Planetary Order - Extraordinary Clouds

30 Jun 2009

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University College London

London, United Kingdom


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A Planetary Order - Extraordinary Clouds


A Planetary Order is a terrestrial globe showing clouds from one single moment in time, thereby subtly highlighting the fragility and interdependence of the Earth's environmental systems. Martin John Callanan's work has included translating active communication data into music; freezing in time the Earth's water system; capturing newspapers from around the world as they are published; taming wind onto the internet; and broadcasting my precise physical location live for over two years. Artistic outcomes of his research have been published and exhibited internationally in diverse environments. Discover the amazing and unexpected world of clouds with this inspiring collection of images. Richard Hamblyn offers a selection of some of the most startling and unusual cloud formations, from the uniform streaks of 'cloud streets' to the odd bulbous 'lenticularis' that are commonly mistaken for UFOs. Each amazing photograph will be accompanied by Hamblyn's entertaining and informative explanation of how the cloud was formed and the conditions in which a similar one might occur. The images chosen use satellite photography of clouds from above as well as ground-based pictures and the collection demonstrates the most unexpected and seemingly impossible patterns that can be created by the natural cyles of the weather. Richard Hamblyn is the author of The Cloud Book (D&C 2008) and The Invention of Clouds (Picador 2002), for which he was awarded the 2002 LA Times Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2002 Samuel Johnson Prize. He is currently Writer in Residence at the Environment Institute at UCL and lives in London.

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