Just as our travelling exhibition MELTDOWN closes in Ljubljana, the locally produced and sustainably distributed exhibition continues its journey in New Zealand. On June 3 it opened to the public after being sailed to its second New Zealand location, Nelson Provincial Museum.
Apart from being one of the first countries to pledge a carbon-neutral future, New Zealand was the first to grant natural resource legal rights. In 2017 the Whanganui River was granted legal rights equal to humans, meaning, harming nature legally equals harming local communities. The legal and philosophical shift is essential – instead of treating nature as a resource and from a perspective of ownership and management, we treat it equally as an essential part of a whole.
The same philosophy can be found in our exhibition MELTDOWN Visualising Climate Change. It runs as a thread throughout the production, distribution and central theme. The exhibition focuses on human-induced climate change. It sailed from the North Island in New Zealand (Te Ika-a-Māu), from the museum Whirinaki Whare Taonga in Upper Hutt, to the South Island (Te Waipounamu), where it is shown at Nelson Provincial Museum
MELTDOWN: Visualizing Climate Change
Where: The Nelson Provincial Museum, Trafalgar and Hardy Streets, Nelson Central, Nelson
Exhibition Dates: Friday 3 June to Sunday 2 October 10am – 5pm weekdays 10am – 4.30pm weekend
The exhibition has been shown all over the world and the show will open for the public later this week at WHIRINAKI WHARE TAONGA located on the North Island, next the locally produced exhibition is set to sail from the North Island in New Zealand (Te Ika-a-Māu) to the South Island (Te Waipounamu).
After the show closes on 8th of May, a boat will take the entire exhibition on its journey from the first New Zealand Museum to the second in the South Island.
MELTDOWN is a sustainably produced and distributed exhibition tour. We have calculated all traveling, the material used in the exhibition – including the wooden frames, and carbon offset it all. MELTDOWN is also on show at this moment in Ljubljana.
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What? MELTDOWN: Visualising Climate Change’ is a narrative on the importance of the world’s glaciers, and the impact climate change has on them, through the prism of art, photography, and film. Featuring work from every relevant continent on the planet, from over 10 international artists, the exhibition leads the viewer on a scientific, illustrative, and poetic journey of climate change and its devastating consequences.
Where? WHIRINAKI WHARE TAONGA. 836 FERGUSSON DRIVE, UPPER HUTT
When? From 26 Feb until May 8 2022
Free entry, no booking required
MELTDOWN – Visualizing the Climate Crisis by Project Pressure opening on the 18th of January at Galerija Jakopic, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Opening times: Tue – Sun, 10.00 am – 6.00 pm. Guided tours available.
MELTDOWN was originally scheduled to open in late 2021, but severe flooding in Ljubljana and across Europe caused by a record rainfall meant the gallery needed some work. A climate change exhibition suffering from climate crisis flooding – the irony is not lost on us. This sends a topical message about the urgency of the climate crisis, making this exhibition even more current.
MELTDOWN uses art as a positive touch-point for engaging with climate change. Glacier mass loss can be directly attributed to global heating and is therefore a key indicator of human induced climate change. The exhibition is an artistic narrative of the importance of glaciers told in a scientific, illustrative and poetic way and each artist has a unique take on the subject.
The exhibition has previously been shown at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London and the Natural History Museum in Vienna.
Featured artists are: Renate Aller (DE), Corey Arnold (US), Michael Benson (US), Broomberg & Chanarin (RSA/UK), Edward Burtynsky (CA), Scott Conarroe (CA), Peter Funch (DK), Noémie Goudal (FR), Adam Hinton (UK), Richard Mosse (IRE), Simon Norfolk (NG), Christopher Parsons (UK), Erik Schytt Holmlund (SE), Toby Smith (UK) and Klaus Thymann (DK).
We all know that greenhouse gases pollute our planet. So why are the not regulated as pollutants?
What we call things matter. We should call toxic greenhouse gases, such as Carbon dioxide and methane, what they really are: climate change pollutants, causing mass destruction, affecting both ecological systems and the livelihood of people around the globe
This linguistic change is crucial, as it can have far-reaching impact and prompt drastic systemic change. A legally-binding classification of these gases will push governments to drastically alter legislation, enforcing a stricter regulation on both public sector and corporate emissions.
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Launching on public activism platform Change.org and its wording reads:
“I, a concerned citizen, worried about the destructive and polluting nature of toxic greenhouse gases, demand that they be classified as pollutants.
I implore my government to classify them as such, empowering it to take action against their emission and take a leading global role in encouraging other countries to follow suit.”
Project Pressure is launching a petition to classify greenhouse gases, in particular CO2 and Methane, as pollutants. The petition will launch alongside Street Level Photoworks’ exhibition Forever Changes in Glasgow.
Forever Changes brings together a range of artists from Nordic countries whose work aligns with climate change and protection of the planet. Forever Changes starts on October 30 and runs until January 30, 2022. The exhibition is a call to action and addresses the urgent need for action.
Stay tuned for the petition as it will launch soon.
East Greenland, Helheim, 2012. © Klaus Thymann
The Danish photographer and Project Pressure founder Klaus Thymann’s work will be displayed at the exhibition Forever Changes, a collaboration between the Nordic embassies in the UK and the gallery Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow. Thymann is supported by the Embassy of Denmark.
The gallery will exhibit contemporary photography from the Nordic countries addressing climate change, sustainability and conservation of the planet. Forever Changes is a call to action and addresses the urgent need to influence change not only for the protection of the planet but also for a better world.
The exhibition opens at the same time as the most important and urgent Climate Change Summit to date – COP26 – which takes place in Glasgow between 31 October – 12 November 2021.
In support of the exhibition, Thymann has created a public art-intervention using stunning imagery overlaid with surprising and potent messages to be displayed in the public on billboards around Glasgow during COP26.
About Klaus Thymann
Danish born Klaus Thymann is a multi award-winning photographer, filmmaker, explorer, writer, creative director and environmental consultant with an Environmental Science degree. Thymann has worked extensively on projects which he is passionate about with a clear focus on climate and the environment. He has developed an original viewpoint, utilising a cross-disciplinary skillset combining journalism, image making, mapping, documentary and exploration applied to contemporary issues and the present climate emergency.
In 2008 he founded the charity Project Pressure – visualizing climate crisis. This charity is collaborating with world-renowned artists creating and exhibiting work to engage emotions in order to incite climate action. Project Pressure has forged partnerships with World Glacier Monitoring Service and NASA among others. Further recognition and funding have come from prestigious beneficiaries including the Queen of Denmark, Arts Council England, the Swiss Environmental Ministry and Hasselblad.
Read more about Klaus Thymann here.
Edward Burtynsky, Affall River on Landeyjarsandur, 2012
Project Pressure is proud to announce the dates for MELTDOWN at the Jakopič Gallery. The show brings to life the climate change exhibition in Ljubljana 2022. The exhibition aims to challenge societal preconceptions on the climate crisis through a powerful exhibition which chronicles the disappearance of glaciers and their effect on the world.
Each artist that collaborated on the exhibition will render their personal perspective on climate change through an array of visual mediums. The show will present pieces ranging from images of the Antarctic to newly exposed artefacts previously left undisturbed in the ice. The diversity of the works will highlight the unalterable loss of glacial mass noticed across the world and the subsequent climatic consequences we face. Project Pressure looks forward to showing the exhibition at the gallery from the 18th of January 2022 until the 1st of May 2022.
Based in Ljubljana, Jakopič Gallery is a modern art gallery that is embodied by Roman ancient structures which accentuate its various exhibitions. Its respected reputation was demonstrated since its original foundation in the mid-1970s through organizations such as U.N.E.S.C.O. From its outset, it has hosted countless shows ranging from local to internationally renowned artists.
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Corey Arnold: Esmarkbreen II, 2013.
At Project Pressure, water shapes our work.
March 22. marks the UN World Water Day 2021. The United Nations advocate for sustainable freshwater management, and the day is used to focus on the many challenges communities around the world are facing due to water scarcity and climate change, and the value which water holds.
As greenhouse gas emissions raise temperatures all over the globe, glaciers and ice sheets melt, and the cryosphere, the parts of Earth’s surface covered with frozen water, loses mass. This is critical, as about 69 percent of the freshwater on Earth is held in ice caps and glaciers, the latter alone covering about ten percent of all land. As ice in the polar regions melt, freshwater mixes with sea water, influencing ocean currents globally. The solid, bright surface of the cryosphere reflects heat from the sun, and plays a significant role in regulating our planet’s temperatures.
Water held in ice is also a vital resource for communities around the globe: For the people in the Andes water is scarce and glaciers play a significant role in water security. In the Himalayas, often referred to as “water towers of Asia”, a billion people depend on meltwater from the glaciers and snowpack in the mountains.
The cryosphere is an indispensable part of our global climate system, but severely threatened by rising temperatures.
At Project Pressure our mission is to create change through action, visualizing and documenting the climate crisis. Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need more information or image material for your organization!
Read more about the UN World Water Day here.
Remains of flood damaged building, Uganda © Klaus Thymann, 2020
Today, the 13th of October, marks the UN’s International day for Disaster Risk Reduction. From 2000 to 2019 more than 1.5 million people died because of disasters, and more than 4 billion people worldwide were affected hereby. As governments fail to commit to fighting climate change, these numbers will increase. As shown by the current Covid-19 pandemic, unprepared and badly structured disaster risk governance is catastrophic. Climate change is gravely exacerbating disasters, but it is crucial to address the systemic risk following climate change, not just the singular natural hazards.
We do not need more statistics telling us how another flooding, hurricane or wildfire is XX% more likely to occur because of climate change. We need to address the underlying condition triggering these events, the extra weight on the tipping scale; if it weren’t for climate change, these catastrophes would not happen at such a frequency and with such an intensity. Simply put, we need urgent climate change action.
The UN initiated the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction in 1989, to promote risk-awareness and disaster reduction amongst communities around the globe. This year’s theme is Disaster Risk Governance. Mami Mizutori, The Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, states:
“COVID-19 and the climate emergency are telling us that we need clear vision, plans and competent, empowered institutions acting on scientific evidence for the public good (…) We have learned from the worst single disaster of the 21st century so far, that if we do not strengthen disaster risk governance to take on the challenge of existential threats, we are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the last eight months which have cost so many lives and damaged the health and economic and social well-being of millions.”
By giving recognition to the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction, we hope to shift the focus to how to actively prevent disasters – not only reacting to the aftermaths. In order to take on the climate crisis and create resilient communities, systemic change is needed. Make your voice heard; demand change from your policymakers and vote!
At Project Pressure our mission is to create change through action, visualizing and documenting the climate crisis. As a non-profit charity, we are dependent of contributions to continue our work. Please consider supporting us – get in touch at email@example.com.
Poster image: Glaciér 2, 2016. © Noémie Goudal for Project Pressure.
Project Pressure will appear as one of the key components in the 7th edition of the Landskrona Foto Festival opening the 4th 2020 in Landskrona, Sweden, with the theme “The Architecture of Memory.”
Project Pressure’s inclusion in the event is an important acknowledgment of the urgency of our mission. Earth’s threatened landscapes are our greatest resource of collective memory; the importance of recognizing and responding to climate change has never been more pressing.
Landskrona Foto Festival will be showing work from the project “Meltdown”, by the Project Pressure commisioned artists:
Edward Burtynsky (Canada) Burtynsky’s work explores the waste Icelandic landscape and the flows of meltwater from the glaciers through large scale drone photography.
Peter Funch, (Denmark) Using the photographic technique of RGB tri-color seperations, Funch recaptures mountain peaks and glaciers from old postcards and photographs, showing the changing landscape though time.
Noémie Goudal (France) In the series “Glacier“, Goudal experiments with visualizing the consistently changing glacial landscape. Her large-scale installations show the slow disintegration of photographs printed on biodegradable paper, placed in front of the glacier which the printed image itself portrays.
Klaus Thymann (Denmark). Through mapping and exploring white spots on the map, Thymann’s practice explores glaciers as a global phenomenon, highlighting the consequences of climate change induced temperature rises around the globe.
Project Pressure will also be participating in a program of online artist talks and Q&A’s. In accordance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, the exhibition will be held outdoors. For more information about the festival, visit https://www.landskronafoto.org/en/ .