Juliane Jaschnow und Stefanie Schroeder, 2017, 30 min, experimental documentary
The Effect of Cannonry on Thunderclouds
2016 saw the highest number of potential tornados ever since the beginning of weather recordkeeping in Germany. At the same time, there is a deluge of weather tropes on the internet, on television and in the news. Shit storms, data flood, refugee waves. Language, metaphors and images are instruments of control. They are used to dispel – and instill – fear. How does the image function as a document, as fiction, trophy, counterattack? How close are manipulation and prediction? Is the weather still real?
A film about storm images and the storm as an image: Stormchasers pursue weather phenomena with the camera to turn them into photgraphic trophies. In front of the greenscreen of the TV studio the weathermen points into the void. At the Max Planck Institute, birds fly against artificial wind. Lovestormpeople flood the internet with their skewed slogans. Escape games play upon people’s societal fears. On fruit plantations hail cannons shoot 130 db soundwaves into the sky. Which weather has become normality in Germany? Either way, “something massive is coming towards us.”