Rainmaker Experiments

Cloud Dance
Lens-based Performance, Richmond, South Africa 2016

Ongoing project: researching the ancient traditions of rainmaking and how the combination of art and ritual could be used in a modern context to create rain.

The rainmaker experiments and ideas which I am collecting do not only serve the specific purpose of making rain, but to understand the practice of manifestation in general, the magic and spiritual aspects and the nature of art as a creative process in a modern context.

I use old wisdom and rituals and freely combine them with my own ideas, materials and possibilities in a playful and unorthodox way. The important thing is that each project or experiment needs to make sense to me and resonate with my personal being. These experiments are a personal, creative and spiritual exploration and are not scientific in nature, even though I take them very seriously.

The experiments are recorded and documented in different ways, in order to share the ideas and possible outcomes with the public.

2016 ‘Stories of Rain’ Symposium by the Global Nomadic Art Project (YATOO) in South Africa.

The Rain Hunters

Stop-motion art video made with seaweed on stone.
Kraalbay, South Africa, 2016

Collecting Clouds at Sunset, Namibia, 2016
Cloud Dance (Head in the Clouds), Richmond, South Africa 2016

Earlier experiments:

Calling the Spirit of Rain and Water – Rainmaking experiment #5 by Imke Rust – click on image for more information and pictures.
Rainmaking Experiment #4 by Imke Rust
Rainmaking Expeiment #4
Rainmaking Experiment #3 by Imke Rust - click on image for more information and pictures.
Rainmaking Experiment #3 by Imke Rust – click on image for more information and pictures.
Rainmaking Experiment #2 by Imke Rust - click on image for more information and pictures.
Rainmaking Experiment #2 by Imke Rust – click on image for more information and pictures.
Rainmaking Experiment #1 by Imke Rust - click on image for more information and pictures.
Rainmaking Experiment #1 by Imke Rust – click on image for more information and pictures.

Collecting Clouds

This is an ongoing project in which I collect clouds by photographing them. I have over 300 individual clouds documented in my archive.

 I also regularly write about my musings, insights and rain making projects on my blog. If you would like to find out more, I invite you to see my collection of articles concerning rain making, by clicking this link.