Monsoon [+ other] Airs is the first of three annual symposia that will be convened by the ERC funded Monsoon Assemblages project at the University of Westminster. It will interrogate questions of monsoon atmospheres, politics and media and comprise a keynote lecture (Thursday 20th April) followed by a one-day long symposium (Friday 21st April). It will be accompanied by an exhibition of graphic, audio and video works.
The keynote lecture will be given by architect Sean Lally of Weathers. Symposium speakers will include meteorologist Andrew Turner (University of Reading) and philosopher Etienne Turpin (MIT Urban Risk Lab). The exhibition will include work by students of DS18 and Victoria Watson (University of Westminster).
**Please note if you would like to attend both dates please make to book a ticket for each.
Thursday April 20th
18.30 - 20.00 | Key Note by Sean Lally of Weathers: Night White Skies
Friday April 21st
09:30 - 10:00 | Tea + Coffee
10.00 - 11.45 | Panel 1: Air Space | Chair: Anthony Powis
Andrew Turner: The INCOMPASS project and its Field Campaign
Nerea Calvillo: Airscapes in the Making
Victoria Watson: The Earth is Flat and Square - Yves Klein's Paintings of Thunderclouds
11.45 – 13.00 | Panel 2: Weather Reports | Chair: Rosie Thomas
Anasuya Basu: Kolkata
Rifat Islam Essa: Dhaka
Neha Lalchandani: Delhi
13.00 -14.00 | Lunch
14.00 – 15.15 | Panel 3: Air Movements | Chair: Beth Cullen
Hannah Swee: The Role of Cyclone Forecasting in Responding to Uncertainty
Cleo Roberts: ‘The remarkable rise of the Barometer': Calcutta and the cyclone of 1864
15.15 - 17.00 | Panel 4: Air Politics Chair: Chella Rajan
Etienne Turpin: The Fog of War Machines
Stine Simonsen Purl: Betting on the Monsoon in a town of semi-arid Rajesthan
Harshavardhan Bhat: Complicit Unkowns
17.00 – 17.15 | Closing remarks | Simon Joss
17.15 - 18.30 | Exhibition + Drinks
Exhibition work by Tom Benson, Nerea Calvillo, Vishal Gowtham, Vinusha Keshav, Koushik Krishna, Aishwarya K, Sean Lally, Keerthana Muralidharan, Cid Schuler, Calvin Sin, Victoria Watson.