The Emotional Weather Bureau: Let’s Talk About the Weather

09 November 2019 10:00 - 4:00 pm

A day of performances, provocations and conversations to explore the intersections of wellbeing, climate change, and culture.

Let’s Talk about the Weather is the first event taking place under the Emotional Weather Bureau umbrella, created by Aidan Moesby.

The event will bring together artists, writers, musicians, medics, meteorologists, cultural critics and commentators for a day of performances, provocations and conversations at The Art House Wakefield. We invite you to be participants and contribute to the conversations.

Over the past year, Aidan Moesby has been a Disability Arts Online Associate Artist developing his socially engaged, conversational, and curatorial practice. This has coincided with devising and developing his first performative work ‘I was Naked, Smelling of Rain’, which premiered at Arc Stockton on October 17th and gaining a Curatorial Residency at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art.

As part of his development, he has created the Emotional Weather Bureau – a nomadic space in the real and virtual worlds acting as a location for activities which explore the relationship between climate change and wellbeing.

Moesby’s work focuses on the external physical weather and our internal psycho-emotional weather as a metaphor to explore the dual crises of Mental Health and Climate Change.

This may include but is not limited to: research, education, discussions, artist residencies, performances and events. The Emotional Weather Bureau will work within a variety of settings and locations, be that in a town square, a library, a gallery, online or as a curated space at a festival. It may be a table in a community space, a science laboratory, a garden shed.

This format allows Moesby to be artist and curator, collaborator and funder as he invites others to be part of the Emotional Weather Bureau.

Refreshments and lunch are included in the ticket price.

Confirmed speakers/performers

Dr Fay Bound Alberti is a historian of emotion, bodies, gender and medicine. She has researched and lectured at many UK universities including York, University College London, Lancaster, Manchester, and Queen Mary University of London, where she co-founded the Centre for the History of Emotions.

Duncan Speakman is a composer and sound artist based at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol. He creates narrative sound led experiences that engage audiences in uncontrolled public and private space. He regularly creates bespoke work internationally including installations on trains in Guangzhou, loudspeaker symphonies in New Zealand, audio walks in Saitama, and sound installations in Porto; he has also recently developed a number of hybrid print/digital experiments.

Tineke De Meyer is a Belgian artist who studied comparative literature at the University of Ghent. Since then, her work has focused on dramaturgy and writing, but also as an assistant director in theatre at NT Gent. In 2017 she worked on the Ambient Literature project as a dramaturge for It Must Have Been Dark By Then. Her work has been presented at Vooruit, TedX Amsterdam, Zuidpool, IDFA and Oorzaken.

Aidan Moesby is an artist, curator and writer whose work is at the intersection of the visual arts, wellbeing and increasingly, technology. His site or context-specific interventions serve as a catalyst for conversations to promote social change.


Tickets are available on a sliding scale of £0-£8; please select the option from the below that applies to you when checking out. You won’t be asked for proof or justification of your choice, we only ask that you are honest.

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– I frequently stress about meeting basic* needs and don’t always achieve them.
– I have debt and it sometimes prohibits me from meeting my basic needs.
– I rent lower-end properties or have unstable housing.
– I sometimes can’t afford public or private transport. If I own a car/have access to a car, I am not always able to afford petrol.
– I am unemployed or underemployed.
– I qualify for government and/or voluntary assistance, for example, – food banks and benefits.
– I have no access to savings.
– I have no or very limited expendable** income.
– I rarely buy new items because I am unable to afford them.
– I can’t afford a holiday or don’t have the ability to take time off without financial burden.

– I may stress about meeting my basic needs but still regularly achieve them.
– I may have some debt but it does not prohibit attainment of basic needs.
– I can afford public transport and often private transport. If I have a car/access to a car I can afford petrol.
– I am employed.
– I have access to health care.
– I might have access to financial savings.
– I have some expendable income.
– I am able to buy some new items and I buy others second-hand.
– I can take a holiday annually or every few years without financial burden.

– I am comfortably able to meet all of my basic needs.
– I may have some debt but it doesn’t prohibit attainment of basic needs.
– I own my home or property or I rent a higher-end property.
– I can afford public and private transport. If I have a car/access to a car I can afford petrol.
– I have regular access to healthcare.
– I have access to financial savings.
– I have an expendable** income.
– I can always buy new items.
– I can afford an annual holiday or take time off.

*BASIC NEEDS include food, housing, clothing, and transportation.

**EXPENDABLE INCOME might mean you are able to buy coffee or tea at a shop, go to the cinema or a concert, buy new clothes, books and similar items each month, etc.


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