As Soon As Weather Will Permit

Su Rynard

2014, 15:00 minutes, colour, English


As Soon As Weather Will Permit reflects upon one person’s story within the inimitable confluence of events that led to the dropping of the first atomic bomb in 1945. Disquieting and haunting, this work is a meditation on memory, meaning and scientific discovery in the time of war.

After not seeing my uncle for many years, I wrote him a letter and his reply inspired this piece.
As Soon As Weather Will Permit shares the story of his participation in the atomic mission. It is a story caught between an individual’s recollection and collective memory, personal testimonial and larger historical narratives.

Constructed as a diptych, the visuals weave the stark landscapes of northwestern Utah with personal archive, historical footage, animation and aerial photography. The title refers to the edict from the US war department stating that the first atomic bomb would be dropped “as soon as weather will permit” on one of four cities: Hiroshima, Kokura, Niigata, or Nagasaki. The two-screen presentation is inspired by the duality of nuclear fission and the dialogue between my uncle and me.

Available as a two screen projection installation or single channel digital cinema.

Installation: Consists of a two-screen projection, projected side by side on a wall. Acoustically, a sound environment is created through a surround sound mix.
Single Screen Presentation Aspect ratio: 2058 × 85

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