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  • Melting Ice / A Hot Topic

    The effects of climate change are taking place on a global level, from the Andes to the Arctic, and throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas. While the impacts of climate change are vast and growing, we asked 40 artists from around the world to focus on the melting and thawing of the ice caps and permafrost, and the implications for humans and other species. In recent years, as the science of climate change has become more certain, the conversation has transformed from “Is climate change happening?” to “What will we do about it?” Already, rising temperatures are requiring plants and animals to adapt to shifts in their habitat and food supply — some species may be successful, while others may not be. The changes in the Earth’s climate also require that we change the way we live. We must respond not by turning away, but by educating ourselves, and being willing to change our habits, attitudes, and way of life.

    In Melting Ice / A Hot Topic, the artists explore these many aspects of the meaning of change. The powerful effects of climate change — scarcity of resources, desertification, and an increase in the number of natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes — can lead to an increase in resource conflicts. The UN Security Panel recently characterized climate change as a threat to international peace and security. Climate change might lead to millions of refugees and dramatic changes in the supply of drinking water. The link between climate change and peace becomes increasingly apparent. The art invites us to reflect on our beliefs about the environment, and question our own perceptions. Our hope is that the exhibition will inspire change — in both attitudes and action.


    • David Buckland’s “Ice Texts” are short, emotive phrases projected on Arctic glacial walls.


    • Andrea Polli translated data collected from the Arctic into a sound installation in “N.”


    • Dance choreographer Siobhan Davies portrays our impermanent nature, like snow crystals, in the video installation “Endangered Species.”


    • Margaret Cogswell’s installation “Cuyahoga Fugues” explores the the vital and increasingly politicized role of water in our industrialized world.


    • Lucy and Jorge Orta created “OrtaWater—Fluvial Intervention Unit” as a messenger to alert us to the urgency of melting ice caps, depleting water resources, drought, and water pollution.


    • In Alfio Bonano’s drawing titled “Ark,” he shares the ancient story of Noah’s Ark as it takes on a new reality as we face global warming and rising sea levels, leaving the ark moored in the treetops.


    • Giles Mingasson, in the photograph, “The End of Shishmaref,” portrays a small Alaska village poised to be one of the first refugees of climate change, as the sea grinds away at their island, destroying houses and the shoreline.


    • The “Hermaphrodite Polar Bear,” depicted by Gary Hume, addresses how toxic chemicals are causing hormonal disruptions in the adult bears, thereby bearing offspring with deformities that make it impossible for them to reproduce.

    Exhibition Statement

    The effects of climate change are taking place on a global level, from the Andes to the Arctic, and throughout Africa, Asia and the Americas. While the impacts of climate change are vast and growing, we asked 40 artists from around the world to focus on the melting and thawing of the ice caps and permafrost, and the implications for humans and other species. In recent years, as the science of climate change has become more certain, the conversation has transformed from “Is climate change happening?” to “What will we do about it?” Already, rising temperatures are requiring plants and animals to adapt to shifts in their habitat and food supply — some species may be successful, while others may not be. The changes in the Earth’s climate also require that we change the way we live. We must respond not by turning away, but by educating ourselves, and being willing to change our habits, attitudes, and way of life.
     
    In Melting Ice / A Hot Topic, the artists explore these many aspects of the meaning of change. The powerful effects of climate change — scarcity of resources, desertification, and an increase in the number of natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes — can lead to an increase in resource conflicts. The UN Security Panel recently characterized climate change as a threat to international peace and security. Climate change might lead to millions of refugees and dramatic changes in the supply of drinking water. The link between climate change and peace becomes increasingly apparent. The art invites us to reflect on our beliefs about the environment, and question our own perceptions. Our hope is that the exhibition will inspire change — in both attitudes and action.

    Venues

    The Field Museum | Chicago, Illinois, 2008
    Ministry of Culture | Monaco, 2008
    BOZAR | Brussels, Belgium, 2007
    Nobel Peace Center | Oslo, Norway, 2007

     

    Participating Artists

    Alfio Bonano – Denmark; Ana Prvacki – Serbia; Andrea Polli – US; Angela Lergo – Spain; Anne Senstad – Norway; Cecilia Paredes – Peru; Chris Jordan – US; Dalibar Martinis – Croatia; David and Hi-Jin Hodge – US & Korea; David Buckland- UK; David Nash – Wales; David Trubridge – New Zealand; Era and Don Farnsworth – US; Fred Ivar Ultsi Klemetsen – Norway; Free Range Studio – US; Gary Hume – UK; Gilles Mingasson – France; Helen and Newton Harrison – US; Ichi Ikeda – Japan; The Icelandic Love Corporation – Iceland; Ives Maes — Belgium; Jacob McKean – US; Jonas Liveröd – Sweden; Justin Young – US; Kahn Selesnick – England; Laura Horelli – Finland; Lucy & Jorge Orta – England & Argentina; Margaret Cogswell- US; Mona Hatoum – Lebanon; Philippe Pastor – Monaco; Queen Sonja of Norway; Robert Bateman – Canada; Sant Khalsa – US; Shana and Robert ParkeHarrison – US; Sebastian Copeland – US; Siobhan Davies-UK; Strijdom van der Merwe – South Africa; Subhankar Banerjee – India & US; Sven Pahlsson-Norway; Sveln Flygari Johansen – Norway; Theo Wujcik – US; Xavier Cortada – US; Yoshiaki Kaihatsu – Japan