An introduction to the Clouds
Click on this short film of clouds to hear an introduction to cloudgazing
HOW TO CLOUDGAZE AT HOME
Gazing on clouds slows us down like a meteorological meditation. Sometimes clouds are the only part of the natural world you can see from your home – the skies are yours and mine, and they are completely free to view.
TO START GAZING
To cloud gaze, simply make sure that you can see the sky. Ideally you’ll be lying down on a giant cushion outside somewhere – but this isn’t essential. You could be in a chair in a back garden, a rug in the park or on your bed looking out of a window.
If you have sunglasses, put them on, even on a grey day. The sky is often brighter than you think (and sunglasses allow you to pick out details).
If you’ve a blanket, snuggle into it. Be as comfy as possible.
If you can, give yourself uninterrupted time to relax without distraction. Just 15 minutes is a good time to stare upwards and marvel at the troposphere.
The main thing is to simply to be comfy and to have a view of the sky.
Cloud gazing might sound meditative, but even the stillest-seeming of clouds are in constant turmoil. Did you know the average life expectancy of a cloud is just ten minutes? This means that they are always changing. As you watch, let your mind wander. Listen to the sounds around you. Breathe deeply.
CLOUDSCAPES AT HOME
Cloudscapes during Covid-19
In unprecedented times, with world-changing events crashing into our personal lives, whether there is loneliness, chaos, grief or joy; we all need time to sit and think and contemplate. Clouds are galleries of constant change. They’re totally international: there are clouds wherever you are in the world.
During 2020, despite National lockdown and global pandemic, we collaboratively cloud-gazed with thousands of people across the country - and the world. We managed this in a variety of ways - through podcasting, live streaming and broadcasting, working with Bluedot Festival, The Blue Sky and Beyond Festival, Wye Valley River Festival, All in the Mind and the Festival of Thrift.
Cloudscapes in physical form was reworked as a socially-distanced piece, and we have been one of the few theatre companies who have been able to take our piece to live audiences. Cloudscapes was the first work programmed by Wiltshire Creative after Lockdown, we performed over three days with The Coronation Hall in Ulverston and presented the piece at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival (GDIF). As Italy emerged from lockdown in the summer months we directed a translated version of Cloudscapes (over zoom) for CSS Teatro Stabile di Innovazione, an international collaboration with performer Roberta Colacino and Artistic Director Luisa Schiratti.
Cloudscapes at Home was developed during Lockdown in 2020 with support from Pound Arts, 101 Creation Space and Arts Council England.
Directed, written and performed by Lorna Rees
Gallery of Constant Change Illustrations and Cloudscapes collaborator: Heidi Steller
Sound Artist and Audio Producer: Jo Tyler (So Niche) -
ouring and covid-safety co-ordinator: Adam Coshan