MELTING  LANDSCAPES  EXHIBITION

SYNOPSIS

 

Two degrees Celsius of increase with respect to the pre-industrial temperature is the distance that according to most of the scientific community separates the Earth from the point of no return and we have already increased the global temperature by 1 ́2 degrees. Stopping the process of global warming requires a profound change in mentality and a radical transformation in the way energy is produced, consumed and distributed.

The exhibition project Melting Landscapes / La Huella del Deshielo invites people to reflect on the climate and environmental crisis.

The exhibition is divided into two axes:

On the one hand, a photographic exhibition where the photographs constitute a narrative series that begins with landscapes of ice formed in time immemorial, which, like time capsules, silently walk towards disappearance.

The exhibition contains photographs of the cryosphere and will have additional information on issues related to climate change through access to QR codes

On the other hand, an immersive audiovisual piece, projected on three screens as a triptych, aims to show us the complexity of causes and effects that act on nature, and that have generated the climate and environmental emergency. The audio is an experimental sound piece suited to the images and revolves around the notion of a limited time.

 

TECHNICAL FEATURES

 

Exhibition produced and ready to show. Attached, in dossier, images of previous exhibition.

Photo Exhibition

Nº of photographs: 34.

Posters with photo captions.

Variable measurements of the photographs between 60 cm and 1.4 m (see dimensions in Excel list).

Exhibition linear length: 45.5 meters (separation of 50 cm between works).

Technique: Hahnemühle fine art paper; mounted on foam, to blood, and framed in black aluminum.

Date: 2014-2020

The photographs are packed in several boxes to facilitate their transport.

 

Video installation

MP4 standard projection system. Running time: 5.14 minutes.

Projection: three projectors or a large single-channel projector (projection scalable up to 15m x 3m). See photos of the projection in dossier.

Link to video installation  www.vimeo.com/341570519#

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Spanish glaciologists studying the dynamic evolution of the Johnsons Glacier on Livingston Island, in West Antarctica, feb.2020.

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Spanish glaciologists studying the dynamic evolution of the Johnsons Glacier on Livingston Island, in West Antarctica.

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Fisherman with dog sledding  going for fishing in Disko bay.  Today due to global warming, even in the most frozen Winter, fishermen and hunters cannot go very far inside the frozen sea because the thick sheet of ice  is not enough and they could fall down to the water that means a posible  death, Qeqertarsuak, west Greenland, marz 2015.

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Aassiat, Greenland, Marz 2015

Ilulissat cementery, Greenland, Marz 2015

Aassiat, Greenland, Marz 2015

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Ilulissat area where some Inuit have their dog sledding even in winter with -30ºC. In Ilulissat city now there are near two thousands dogs,  hardly one third of the dogs in 80´. Greenland , Marz 2015.
Dogs was the traditional way of transport in winter time  and also  the national sport.  Today snowmobile and climate change   decrease the number of dogs. Now you cannot travel any more on frozen sea due to the cracks and the danger that they suppose. 

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Iceberg calving from Ilulisaat Icefjord in west coast of Greenland, june 2015.

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Jens with his  dogs training on the sea ice for the next dog sledding  competition, the national sport. Today ,even in the frozen winter they cannot go very far inside the frozen sea because the thick cap of ice  is not enough and fall down to the water is almost a certain death, Qequertarsuak, Greenland , Marz 2015

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A big  crack in the Ice sea of Disko bay. The frozen sea now is weak and is breaking into pieces during the winter time even close to the coast. This matter  was impossible to see, only 20 years ago as native says. Frozen sea in disko bay marz 2015.

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Ole Christiansen is a fisherman  in assiat from Danish family.
He is worried about the climate change because  it made difficult for the traditional way of fishing in winter time. The sea ice cover is weak and dangerous to move on it for fishing or hunting.

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Giant icebergs from the Jakobshavn glacier washed up at the mouth of the fjord with the sea in winter 2015.
The Jakobshavn Glacier on the west coast of Greenland produces about 10% of all Greenland icebergs, approximately 35 billion tons of icebergs per year that are discharged over the fjord into the sea. The icebergs that break off the glacier are often so large (up to a kilometer high) that they are too high to move through the fjord and are trapped in the shallow end of the mouth, sometimes for years, until they break. The Jakobshavn Glacier has been studied for over 100 years, aiding in the study of the effects of climate change on the Arctic ice mass.

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Jakobshavn Glacier, June 2015.

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Jakobshavn Glacier is one of the most active icefjord in the Nort hemisphere,  around 20 billion tonnes of icebergs calved off  are going out of the fjord every year, June 2015. Greenland is the main contributor to sea level rise; controls our climate and crucially affects ocean currents.

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Hyperborean gabions fighting for food,  they follow fishermen activity in order to get some waste  fish that they throw to water. Ilulissat Greenland, Marz 2015.

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Arctic sea ice near the east coast of Greenland, june 2015.

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Iceberg melting, Greenland

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Icebergs from the Jakobshavn glacier melting into Disko Bay, Greenland,  above the Arctic Circle. August 2014
Greenland is the main contributor to sea level rise; controls our climate and the melting ice caps will desalinate the ocean and disrupt natural ocean currents.

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Rhone glacier area covered by geotextile canvases to prevent melting from global warming, September 2020.
For several years, white woolen “blankets” have been installed that bounce back the sun's rays and maintain the cold temperature of the glacier's surface during warm periods where it can reach up to 25º in summer. The covered area is approximately 20,000 m2 of the retreating glacier. This effort is estimated to reduce fusion by up to 70%. This cover responds to protect this part of the glacier where a tunnel has been dug inside the glacier with the interest of being exploited for tourism. Since 1870, tourism has come to see this glacier where the Rodano River is born.

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The Presena glacier in the Italian Alps is covered each year with special tarps to prevent melting from global warming. September 2020.
Sky stations buy expensive sunscreens to cover ice from glaciers such as: Stubai (Austria), Presena (Italy).

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Blue ice cave in the Breidamerkurjokull glacier tongue, Iceland, 9 january 2018.
The high summer temperatures melt the glaciers and the meltwater fall into vertical ice caves, called “moulins” till  the bedrock.  Water  currents on his way to the sea eroding this very compact ice creating these caves, known in Iceland as “ blue ice caves”.
These seasonal rivers make each ice cave unique. Only in winter do you have the possibility to visit them and be safe inside them.
Blue ice is produced when snow falls on a glacier, it is compressed. During compression, air bubbles are squeezed out, causing the ice crystals to enlarge. This enlargement is responsible for the blue color of the ice. Blue ice occurs when snow falls on a glacier, it is compressed under high pressure. During compression, air bubbles are squeezed out, increasing the density of the ice created. The fewer bubbles there are, the less chance there is that the light will scatter. In ice, this results in the absorption of red wavelengths, with only blue light scattered and escaping from the iceberg. This means that we see a blue color.


 

Glacier evolution 1925-2017  Iceland

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Icebergs from Jakobshavn Glacier in Disko Bay during a summer storm, August 2014.

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Icebergs from Jakobshavn glacier melting in Disko bay, Greenland  16 june 2015.
 

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Icebergs from the Jakobshavn Glacier melting into Disko Bay -Greenland- above the Arctic Circle.

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Iceberg melting  in Jokulsarlon black sand beach at Southeast coast of Iceland, 1 oct 2015.

Iceberg from Vatnajokull glacier melting at the sea in Southeast cost of Iceland,  21 june 2015.

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Hesperides oceanographic vessel in front of  the Spanish Antarctic Base Juan Carlos i , in Livingston Island, Antartica.

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Elephant seals and barbijo penguins  in  Sally Rocks cove,  Livingston island, Antarctica, 2020

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Barbijo Penguin colony  feeding the young in False Bay, Livingston island, Antarctica 2020
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Papua Penguin in Johnsons  Bay, Livingston island, Antarctica, 2020