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Mădălina Diaconu. “The question is really about that which lies between the earth and the nearest stars.” (Aristotle) „Die Wolkenzüge geben viel zu denken.“

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1 Mădălina Diaconu

2 “The question is really about that which lies between the earth and the nearest stars.” (Aristotle) „Die Wolkenzüge geben viel zu denken.“ (Goethe)

3 1. Meteorology or The sky on earth 2. Sky, clouds, mist, smog: descending the ladder 3. Atmosphere(s) 4. Meteorological & aerial aesthetic? 5. Looking at Earth from the Moon 6. From weather makers to climate makers and from rituals to geoengineering

4 1. Meteorology or The sky on earth Kant: „the starry sky above me“ Dynamic vision Dialectics of the sublime

5 Correctives: Envelopping atmosphere(s) Sensory and affective effects Changing flow of phenomena

6 2. Sky, clouds, mist, smog: descending the ladder

7 Aristotle Geocentric cosmology and meteorology Concentric circles of elements Meteorology: the „interval“ between earth and heaven Beauty, harmony and permanence of the universe “The question is really about that which lies between the earth and the nearest stars.” (Aristotle)

8 Goethe Artist, scientist & traveler Visual type, fine weather General dynamics: object, body, attention „Splendid, instructive drama“ Morphology of the clouds „Die Wolkenzüge geben viel zu denken.“ (Goethe)

9 Types of clouds

10 Cioran “Le brouillard, la seule chose qui ne m’a jamais déçu, la plus belle réussite à la surface de la terre.”

11 Cioran „ Amoureux du mauvais temps“ Winter blues The most humiliating of man’s dependences Heraclitic subject: “meteorology of feelings” Forerunner of the ecosensitivity: trapped in the smog

12 3. Atmosphere(s) Natural sciences Phenomenology Physical space & processes Wetter, Witterung, Klima Convection: warmth as „Ur-Atmosphäre“ Emotional qualities of lived spaces Half-things (Schmitz) Atmosphäre vs. Atmosphärisches (G. Böhme) Weiteraum, Richtungsraum, Ortsraum (Schmitz) Multimodal perception General physiological and emotional effects

13 4. Meteorological & aerial aesthetic? Günther Roth (2009) David Macaulay (2010) Aesthetic of pure visibility Chromatic intensity and variation Blue-sky-thinking Primacy of visual elements Exception: weather; ambience and atmospheric Visual (clouds) vs. tactile (snow)

14 Looking at Earth from the Moon Günther Anders Holmes Rolston III Fragility of Earth Gap between power & knowledge Environmental sensitivity “The further out he (man) goes, the smaller he seems to become.” (H. Urey)

15 6. From weather makers to climate makers and from rituals to geoengineering Strategies of coping with the weather/climate change: 1. Biological adaptation 2. Migration 3. Inventions (material culture): protecting hulls 4. Representations and practices (culture): Rituals: „paparuda“ (rainmaker) Rationalization Technology (geoengineering): pros & cons

16 Geoengineering / Konrad Ott

17 Gaia-hypothesis Arthur J. Lovelock: Geophysiology „somehow alive“ Atmosphere: „biological construction“ The Keeling curve: “breathing planet” Sensitivity of the environment

18 Univ.-Doz. DDr. Madalina Diaconu Universität Wien


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