Southern California is in the midst of a long dry spell. For years now, politicians, business people and conservationists have been talking about the drought. Now artists are responding to it, too.
A new city wide public cultural event known as Current: LA explores the issue of water through the arts. The program includes art installations throughout Los Angeles featuring artists around from the world, including Chris Kallmyer. He is an artist whose primary medium is sound.
He will be in Baldwin Hills on Thursday night to share a new short film that explores the relationship between weather modification and water in L.A.
Why he wanted to be part of Current: LA
"I had been interested in water, drought, it's relationship to our city, really since I moved here. I moved to L.A. like 10 years ago, and I grew to love this city through trying to understand it through our infrastructure, or urban planning, or human geography. And I often feel like if I can find a call for works that matches my own ethos, it's more likely I'll actually apply for it and have more success."
About the film he'll be showing Thursday night:
"The New Weather film is a film that features interviews with the president of the North American Weather Modification Association — yeah, it's a real person. He's lovely. His name is Tom, and he works here in Los Angeles for the Water District, but also has been a kind of trade representative for the varying weather modification groups that exist in and around the United States. And so, we did extensive interviews with Tom, and pulled them into kind of a brief informational piece, followed by a collection of images and ambient videos of clouds... You know, it's like spacey, blissful weather music, and also this very informational bit from the king of weather mod."
To listen to the full interview, click on the blue audio player above.