What’s yet to come. The wind in the trees. Everything is the projection of a forlorn kid. Is it raining? “Yes, dear.”
– Roberto Bolaño, “Clear Water Along the Way” from The Unknown University
The sky is about to crack like a hardboiled egg. The pull of the moon on the tides could send a wall of rain over a Vancouver shoreline. Meteorologists gather surface-level observations, transmitting them electronically, to tell you if you should bring an umbrella today. Rain was the first environmental phenomenon to be measured and used as an archive. Everyone is always talking about the weather. Entire systems are based of the moon’s influence on the tides and their subsequent effect on the movement of water across the surface of the Earth.
Shuffle these cards and lay them out. This is the hand you were dealt. Astrology began as the interpretation of constellations that were used to predict seasonal changes. It was incorporated into almanacs with calendars to display when farmers should plant their crops. Almanacs featured horoscopes that determined the future events of your life. The stars predicted when best to plant the tomatoes. We have always been searching for meaning in the sky.
What are the clues and cues in the world that guide you? Turn on the radio and check the weather, build a day around it. Celestial objects can determine your fate: create horoscopes for your characters, trace their patterns in the constellations. Fernando Pessoa created elaborate horoscopes for his heteronyms to explain their behaviour and writing style. The word omen is believed to have been derived from the word to hear. Good and bad omens mark your day: listen to the superstitions, the signs, that mark your path; document them. Lisa Robertson says that “each forecast is fiction.” Splay out the cards of a tarot deck and structure a story around them. Open a fortune cookie and use it as a prompt.
Forecasts determine our movement, our survival. They are an estimation for a future date. If hindsight is 20/20, what is the visual acuity of the future? Forecast is about projection, it is about the bits of data that make something up; gather them and what do you see? Project an image of the world into the future, a light on the wall.
Project a little light into the future.
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