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The naming of clouds

What would it be like if we could walk on clouds? What would be different, what would change? This series of connected performances explored clouds and Utopian daydreams; clouds workers mysteriously creating and undoing patterns on the riverside terrace during the day and an evening performance where participants entered a Utopian daydream among the clouds.

The naming of clouds invited you on a Utopian daydream through the clouds, bouncing off cumulus, crunching through icy cirrus; but a journey like this carries consequences. The weather has the power to reshape how we live and who we can be. Follow the journey on Twitter: @namingofclouds.


Philip Stanier is the Artistic Director of The Strange Names Collective and Head of Department for Performing Arts at the University of Winchester. The Collective have been making performances for 11 years working across contemporary performance and live art, exploring the gap between ideas and their manifestation in practice. 

Penny Newell is a poet and PhD student based in the Department of English, King's College London. Her PhD thesis is a study of clouds, examining changing conceptualisations of clouds in historical and contemporary materials in the sciences, philosophy, literature, the visual arts and performance.

Is there a path to Utopia in the clouds? Neil Denny talks to Philip Stanier and Penny Newell about installation and performance series The naming of clouds.



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