Cape Farewell’s recent Disko Bay Expedition to Greenland has returned. This is the latest of Cape Farewell’s inspiring and adventurous expeditions to investigate climate change issues in Arctic regions. Over 40 scientists, musicians and artists were on board, including musician Jarvis Cocker, performance artist Laurie Anderson and artist Sophie Calle. If, like me, you have a taste for romance and adventure, as well as a concern for ecology and global ethics, you will be entranced by their blogs, now live online at capefarewell.com , and also on The Ashden Directory , which contains a full list of all the crew, and their personal accounts of the voyage.
What a life-changing experience it must be, to be involved in such significant work, in such overwhelmingly dramatic and extreme conditions! And it is interesting to look at the subsequent work of some of the previous artists, and see the influence of the Arctic.
Years ago, at the summer solstice, I spent 24 hours alone, out on the rocks in northern Norway, whilst the sun slowly described a complete circle above my head. Every hour, I photographed the constantly changing light of sea and sky. Small magical islands appeared and disappeared in the light like mirages. Everything became fluid light, and for sure I did become a bit funny in the head: disorientated and out of my body. I’m OK now though (I like to think so, anyway)!
Here’s a clip from one of Cape Farewell’s earlier expeditions…
If you are interested in art and ecology, you might like to take a look at my ‘Artful Ecologies’ post back in June: an account of a conference, whose speakers included two members of the Cape Farewell team.