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1000 WORDS: KELLY NIPPER

Kelly Nipper, Shifting Shapes, 2010, stills from a multichannel color video.

IT ALL BEGAN WITH A HURRICANE NAMED FLOYD; where it will end is anyone’s guess. What happens in between is Los Angeles–based artist Kelly Nipper’s Floyd on the Floor. Ongoing since 2005, Floyd on the Floor is a sprawling metaproject to which Nipper continually adds components, the most recent being the video Weather Center, which went on view at the end of February in the Whitney Biennial, and a performance and a video, both titled Shifting Shapes, that will be exhibited this month at Zurich’s Migros Museum für Gegenwartkunst. Nipper’s nominal interest is the weather—weather, of course, having long been a subject of fascination for poets and thinkers: Goethe had his famous “weather glass,” Heidegger his career as a World War I weatherman, while the propitious functioning of “isotherms and isotheres” on a “fine day in August 1913” frames the placid conditions from which erupt

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