It is generally accepted that mosquitoes do not fly during rainfall.

Inspired by this, Rain Rain Go Away! presents a hybrid research artefact, exploring interactions with soil bacteria and atmospheric processes to produce the molecules of environmental odours that communicate incoming rainfall to mosquitoes.

Experimenting with air as a design material the work acts as a ‘kill switch’, choreographing life cycles to trigger the release of compounds emitted during bacterial death. In smelling rain, Rain Rain Go Away! examines the rational of eradication as a core strategy in the management of disease transmission.

Rain Rain Go Away! is part of an on-going collaboration with Dr. Niels Verhulst, from the Laboratory of Entomology at Wageningen University.