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Video and Sound Installation Transforms Gehry Structure into Giant Iceberg

by admin ~ November 11th, 2007

Cape Farewell expedition organizer and video artist David Buckland and soundscape composer Max Eastley visit Chicago’s Millennium Park as part of the 2007 Chicago Humanities Festival. The Eastly composition was played throughout the day at the Frank Gehry designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion on Nov. 3, 4, 10, and 11, and included strange and otherworldly sounds drawn from the Cape Farewell art expeditions to Spitsbergen and Greenland: found sounds of “bearded seals calling underwater, microphones embedded in glaciers, wind, walruses and 5000 year old ice ‘popping'” (Chicago exhibit). Buckland’s video installation included word collages projected onto glacial ice, human figures reclining and marching over the landscape, and the stunning and ethereal forms of living ice in a changing land. The work flows from the expansive and prolific Cape Farewell art expeditions to Spitsbergen and Greenland, and reflects the “deep impact this pristine arctic wilderness, now imperiled by climate change, had on [the artists].” A 2006 DVD of the expedition, “Art from the Arctic,” can be purchased from the Cape Farewell website.

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