Susan Goethel Campbell


Title: Detroit Weather: 365 days

Medium: Video Installation

Year Created: 2011

Susan Goethel Campbell brings a video installation and a guide. Her video installation, Detroit Weather: 365 days, is a project that documents one year of weather in the City of Detroit. The West wall shows a half-year of weather starting from the winter solstice, December 21st, 2009 and ending at the summer solstice, June 21st, 2010. The East wall begins with the summer solstice and ends with the Winter solstice Dec. 21st, 2010. The images were captured using a web cam placed on the 22nd floor of the Fisher Building, located in Detroit’s Historic New Center. One image was archived each minute, 24 hours a day for an entire year. Running at 30 frames per second, the video shows three different views of the City: the South has views of downtown and mid-town, the Southwest shows views of industry, Zug Island and the Ford Rouge complex, and the East shows the Detroit incinerator and Lake St. Clair.

Cloudspotting Detroit is a guide that focuses on the unique atmosphere of Detroit. The accordion style brochure highlights intriguing man-made clouds as well as those that are occurring naturally. The guide includes a key to identify cloud types and a map showing a bike route to interesting cloud spots in the City. Susan will be participating in a panel discussion, scheduled for Thursday, April 7th, at the Guyton Studio located at 42 Watson, Detroit, MI 48201, and entitled, Taking It to the Streets. This is an open discussion on environmental art, the impact such art has on the community and the environment and the motivations of the artists who create it. She will also participate in an additional public discussion on Saturday, April 9th, at the Detroit Science Center – Toyota Engineering Theater. Joined by meteorologist, Dave Kook from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Susan Goethel Campbell will discuss her art project, Cloudspotting Detroit, which focuses on the city’s unique atmosphere. Seasonal videotaped segments will be screened and copies of the Cloudspotting Detroit guide will be distributed. blog: .