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Tel-Talk Documentation - Toronto Island, ON, May 20 - 27, 2012

Tara Cooper

Under the Weather:
Over the course of a week—Sunday May 20th to Sunday May 27th—Weather Girl (artist Tara Cooperʼs alter ego) forecasted the weather on Toronto Island. Most of Bell Canadaʼs booths on the island are designed to shelter the phones; they leave callers
exposed. Mirroring a desert island mentality, their structuresʼ imply communication needed for emergencies. Reflecting a similar need for lifelines, Under the Weather offered daily meteorological advice via seven different phone booths. Drawn in
chalk the advice was impermanent; it was susceptible to inclement weather. Although it still costs money to make a call, Weather Girlʼs advice was free.

As collaborators, Tara and Terry work across disciplines from printmaking, animation and sound to documentary filmmaking and sculpture. Employing the strategies of creative non-fiction, their research combines fieldwork and footwork. Their most recent
study involving the language of weather has led them to embark on a storm chasing tour in Oklahoma. Tara works as an Assistant Professor at The University of Waterloo and Terry works as an art director for the CBC.

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Tara Cooper, Terry OʼNeill: Under the Weather, 2012, chalk, variable sizes and locations

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Tara Cooper: Weather Wise, 2012, silkscreen, 30” x 22”

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Tara Cooper: Weather Wise, 2012, silkscreen, 30” x 22”

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