Precipitation Enhancement and Hail Supression

all day participatory performance and mural
Lijiang Studio Residency, 2008

with Katalog, Sarah Lewison, Jay Brown, Li Lisha, Hu Jiamin, the He Family, and many others.

A day long series of events at Lijiang Studio. The mural text asks questions about how “natural” might be thought of in the future, referring to technological weather control. Chinese rural farmers are given nominal cooperative control over cannon that are staged on hills in the event of disastrous weather. The cannon can be used to break up hail clouds, if necessary, to preempt damages from hail. Recently there had been a bad hailstorm but farmers were not allowed to trigger the system.

For this our first event,we gathered anecdotes about the hail. This framed a day of activities that addressed traditional and new relationships between the environment, human needs and technology. Videos of interviews with farmers around the area were shown, and children learned how to make “hailstone” ice cream.