I’m not the first artist with an interest in the North to set out on an artistic expedition into the Arctic, and nor will I be the last.
In preparing for my residency I have been looking into the work of other artists who have undertaken work in, or about, the Arctic. Coincidentally enough one such project by artist Mariele Neudecker popped up in my feeds online this week.
Their collaboration is part of a project by UK charity Project Pressure to record the world’s vanishing and receding glaciers using art as inspiration.
The effects of climate change can be seen in glaciers worldwide. Across the whole of Greenland as temperatures rise the glaciers break up releasing more icebergs into the fjords making navigation via the water more difficult and access to glacier fronts logistically challenging.
Neudecker recorded the sounds of the glacial ice moving and recorded the reflections of glaciers in the mirror-like Arctic waters. The work she made on location will contribute to her upcoming shows as part of Hull 2017 – City of Culture 2017 and Some Things Happen All At Once which on show now at the Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen.
I was particularly drawn to this stereoscopic image in which the red and blue channels are clearly separated – much like a image you might normally view through ‘3D’ glasses. For me it draws attention to the schism between the digital and physical realms and the dissociative manner in which we might normally admire the Arctic from afar through reproduced images.
In addition to these stereoscopic images the exhibition includes sound installations, video documentaries, sculptures, and photographs. The exhibition continues at the Zepplin Gallery until the 3 April 2016. There will also be an opportunity to view some of the output from Neudecker’s expedition to detail the Greenlandic glaciers at Hull City of Culture in 2017 in a show being organised by Invisible Dust.
Photographs: Klaus Thymann / Marielle Neudecker / project-pressure.org