The Rotation Of The Earth Drags The Atmosphere Around With It (2012)

Four part Audio Artwork For Brixton Windmill

26 August – 23 September 2012

A Four part audio work for Brixton Windmill

Walk through video documentation


1st Floor – Click to play extract (stereo)

Surround sound location recording from Little Cheyne Court wind farm

Meal / Translation


2nd floor – click to play extract

Surround sound mix of location recordings of Wicken Corn Windmil / Denver Mills and Stanton Post Mill whilst in operation.

Stone /  Machine


3rd Floor – click to play extract

Extract from Rabelais Gargantua and Pantagruel about the Island of Ruach where the inhabitants eat nothing but wind. Stereo male and female voice

Dust  /  Invisible


4th Floor – click to play extract

Mono recording of disengaged sails rotating in the wind; Wicken Corn Mill

Cap  /  Rotation


Brixton Windmill website



Visitors to Brixton Windmill will be able to experience the sounds of the mill as if it were working again if they visit between 26th August and 23rdSeptember.  As they progress from floor-to-floor, they will be encircled by the sound of a wind farm, the grinding of cogs, pulleys and stones, the disengaged sails gently rotating and a recitation from Rabelais ‘Gargantua and Pantagruel’ about the Island of Ruach where the inhabitants eat nothing but wind.

The sound installation, ‘The Rotation Of The Earth Drags The Atmosphere Around With It: A Site Specific Audio Artwork For Brixton Windmill: In Four Parts’ was created by London artist Rosanna Greaves who said, 

“I want people to think about a translation of this powerful machine into contemporary renewable energy, considering our consumption of energy just as the windmill and the islanders of Ruach consume the wind.

I am interested in the invisible yet physical presence of both the wind and sound and I want the visitors to the windmill to have an active and individual experience of the work as the four separate tracks will mix and bleed into one another slightly differently as each person moves through the four floors of the windmill.”

The windmill and sound installation will be open to the public on the dates listed below and all visits are free.  To book a place, email or call 07587 170029, with details of the required date and time. Please ask if you are unsure about physically climbing to the top of the mill or if you are thinking of taking small children.

Sunday 26 August 1-4pm

Saturday 8 September 1-4pm

Sunday 9 September 1-4pm

Saturday 22 September 1-5pm (Open House Weekend)

Sunday 23 September 1-5pm (Open House Weekend)

Jean Kerrigan, Chair of Friends of Windmill Gardens said,

“The Friends of Windmill Gardens are realising their vision of Brixton Windmill being at the heart of the community. The combination of an innovative sound installation with a unique historic location will make for a memorable visit. The restoration of the mill is enabling unusual experiences to be opened up to local people and encouraging visitors from all over the country to come to Brixton.”

Notes to Editors

·       For further information please contact the artist, Rosanna Greaves on 07799 754 894 or Nancy Platts, press officer for Friends of Windmill Gardens on 07970 487 744.

·       More information about Rosanna Greaves and her work can be found at

·       The total cost of restoring Brixton Windmill was £581,222. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has contributed £397,700. Lambeth Council £55,130, Friends of Windmill Gardens £2,000 and non-cash contributions are valued at £126, 392.

·       Using money raised through the National Lottery, HLF sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage.  HLF has supported more than 30,000 projects, allocating over £4.5billion across the UK, including £868million to projects in London alone. Website:

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·       Photos of Brixton Windmill can be found at Please acknowledge the photographer next to the photo


BBC Radio London Interview 25/8/12 click to play