If you have decided to downloaded or stream the CLOUDSCAPES audio through your own headphones, once you’re comfy, simply start listening. We'd strongly suggest wearing sunglasses as in daytime, the sky is very bright, whether it's a sunny or a dull day.
If there are no clouds at all, then you could just stare at the beauty of the blue sky above – at the edge of the horizon line you should see how light it is compared to the darker blue at the apex of sky. You might also notice birds or the tree canopy, or even dust and pollen particles – it is surprising how complicated even clear blue skies can be. Let yourself get caught up in the metrological meditation.
In these 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.
At GDIF, your cloud attendants are Lorna Rees and Adam Coshan, the husband and wife team who run Gobbledegook Theatre.
CLOUDSCAPES is written and performed by Lorna Rees. The work is made in collaboration with artist Heidi Steller http://www.heidisteller.co.uk with digital audio content recorded, edited and produced by Jo Tyler (So Niche Productions). Dramaturgical support was from John Grindrod , Zoe Svendsen and meteorologists and scientists involved in the study of climate change. Cloudscapes was commissioned by Inside Out Dorset and supported by Arts Council England.
Cloudscapes at Home was redeveloped during Lockdown in 2020 with assistance from 101 Creation Space, Pound Arts and Arts Council England
Below is a cloud identification chart of the ten main cloud types or ‘genera’. Even ‘featureless’ grey skies are far more complicated than you might think once you pay them some attention.