Nodes Of A Collapsing Iceberg In Oblique Motion, Sound Infused Coal Dust On Paper, 2017
This artwork directs our attention to the consequences of Extractivism through the process of visualising the vibrations of a collapsing iceberg in the Arctic. Making visible a momentary incident that leaves a mark on this disappearing landscape as a foretelling and cautionary display of an Earth that transcends human interjections.
Comprised of 40 sound prints on paper, each print can be read as nodes in a musical composition. Coal dust acts as the medium to transcribe these sounds into a visual. The coal dust is dispelled across paper revealing the unique pattern of each individual vibration. Through a performative ritual, the coal dust and sound merge in a meiotic process, to enlighten the viewer to the consequences of climate change.
The sound for this artwork was kindly given to the artist by the PAOLOA Underwater Observatory in the Arctic (set up by the Alfred Wagner Institute, Germany). As a Helmholtz centre for polar and marine research the Alfred Wegener institute works above all in the cold and temperate regions of the world. Together with numerous national and international partners they are involved to decipher the complicated processes in the “system of earth” and radical climate change.
Nodes Of A Collapsing Iceberg Animation 2017