The Tornado is Staying but the Lightning Will Need to be Replaced

Summer Research Project

The Tornado is Staying but the Lightning Will Need to be Replaced

Lead Researcher: Jenny Rodenhouse

Project Type: MDP Post-Graduate Fellow

Year: 2015

Along the southern border of California’s San Gabriel Mountains, amongst the suburbs, are a series of test sites that experiment in increasing precipitation for the region. The Tornado is Staying but the Lightning Will Need to be Replaced utilizes these existing weather modification test sites along with weather simulation software to investigate artificial natures. The project imagines a collection of weather modification neighborhoods and home atmospheric control systems – landscapes, lawn ornaments, and fence lines. Shifting experimental technologies from scientific test sites to domestic spaces, the project explores new neighborhood narratives as individual households gain the ability to join, adjust, or take over the community atmosphere.