Weatherman UFOlogy


Jacquelene Drinkall

Jacquelene Drinkall, Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013
Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

Jacquelene Drinkall, Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

Archival digital print mounted between aluminium and Perspex, 50 x 80 cm; with bound colour image book printed on archival paper, 21 x 24 x 2.5 cm. The book is all about photo images documenting Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation), and only provides these six words: Test, Participation, Environment, Light, Failure, Futures.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

Polycarbonate, marine ply and hardware, 250 x 464 x 464 cm.
The orange afternoon light bounced off the orange cliffs of the nearby escarpment to light up the trees. The old junk in the backyard was kept in place when the yard was cleaned up prior to installation as it seemed poignantly resonant of Kandos’ history, and a beautiful counterpoint to the futurist UFO.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

The UFO communed with the rusty shed and even the remains of a luxury dog house. The smaller disc structure nearer to the shed had once been the roof of a kennel.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

The UFO communed softly with the trees, resonant junk and outdoor light and atmospherics.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

Artist Jurgen Kerkovius camped out over night in the UFO. Christine McMillan, a local artist based in Kandos, let the UFO land in her backyard, which was part of the Dabee Precinct of Cementa_13 and she also loaned Jurgen her beautiful mosquito net.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

Jurgen naturally added some of that youthful, rebellious ‘Weatherman’ activist look to the UFO. He is lying on dresses made from men’s neckties, which can all be zipped together to make a large fabric structure.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

Jurgen at night gazing out of the UFO windscreen.

Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation) 2013

These local kids spent ages with the UFO and later put on the dresses made from men’s neckties over the top of their own clothing and danced about. At one point their whole family of five was inside the UFO – mum, dad and three kids.

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“I tested the UFO earth-dome structure at Cementa_13 Art Festival at Kandos, curated by Alex Wisser, Georgie Pollard and Anne Finnegan. The installation is  part of my ongoing Weatherman UFOlogy project. To make this object out of thin polycarbonate sheets I worked with industrial design and manufacturing processes such 3D pattern making and vacuum forming, which is usually reserved for mass reproduction of forms in plastics and other malleable mediums. Cementa_13 allowed the UFO to start the process of being tested as a structure for performance, media and environmental interrogations as it becomes a mobile, demountable Telepathy Lab. It took eight years of prototype design and construction before the modular UFO installation structure could be tested at Cementa_13, where assessments, measurements and tests were made for future refinement, modification and augmentation. In particular, I realised the join between panels at the fourteen and a half meter circumference needed recalibration due to contrasting curved material tensions between the upper and lower curved units. The UFO shaped earth-dome structure is yet to incorporate activist/cult performance, EEG neuroheadset interaction, virtual world representation and performance, and may even incorporate smaller scale mind mutation of UFO ‘thought forms’ using EEG neuroheadset and 3D rapid prototyping – a contrast to the slow prototyping of plastics fabrication using enormous heavy moulds shaped in the negative form. Ongoing prototyping will extend beyond the telepathic calling and thingness of the UFO object into social design, activist narrative and software coding, giving rise to artistic neuroplastic neuropower and a future society of telepaths. An image book of ‘Weatherman UFOlogy (Kandos Occupation)’ is included in this year’s Blake Prize. A new installment of Weatherman UFOlogy will be shown at Firstdraft Gallery, Sydney, November 6-23, having also recently featured in Bundanon’s Niteworks curated by David Cranswick.”


Jacquelene Drinkall is a practicing artist and theorist working with telepathy in painting, video, sculpture, installation, performance, virtual world performance and critical writing. She studied...

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