Meltdown in The Observer

Simon Norfolk, The Lewis Glacier, Mt Kenya, 1963 (A), 2014.

“‘What is it about those melting glaciers and desperate polar bears that makes us want to look away?” the activist and author Naomi Klein asked in 2015. In her book This Changes Everything, she laid the blame on powerful global corporations and acquiescent governments, which both simultaneously underplay the scale of the climate emergency and exploit our collective sense of helplessness in the face of it. Since then, a new urgency has driven climate activism, most successfully in the disruptive protests of Extinction Rebellion. Can art, though, have a meaningful role in raising awareness of that urgency?

A forthcoming exhibition, Meltdown: Visualising Climate Change, at the Horniman Museum in London sets out to answer that question in the affirmative. It focuses on the fate of the world’s glaciers through the prism of art, photography and film. “We are using art as a kind of seduction to draw people in, then shock them,” says photographer Simon Norfolk, one of the artists involved.”

Sean O’Hagan has kindly written about our upcoming exhibition in The Observer. Read the full story here

Exhibition opening the 28th of Nov at the Horniman Museum and Gardens, London.


 

MELTDOWN at The Horniman – Opening Nov 28

Corey Arnold, Esmarkbreen II, 2013

MELTDOWN – Visualizing the Climate Crisis by Project Pressure emphasises the importance of glaciers in a scientific, illustrative and dramatic way. The upcoming show at The Horniman Museum and Gardens features work from every continent, leading the viewer on a journey in three chapters – The Importance of Glaciers, Current Issues and Meltdown Consequences.

Since 2008 the climate crisis charity Project Pressure has been commissioning world-renowned artists to conduct expeditions to document changes to the world’s vanishing glaciers, the consequences for billions of people, and efforts made to limit melting.

The works featured from these expeditions range in scale from the planetary level to microscopic biological impact, with artistic interpretations giving unique insights into the world’s cryosphere, its fragile ecosystem and our changing global climate.

Nov 28 2019 – Jan 12 2020
Mon – Sun, 10.00 am – 5.30 pm (closed Dec 24-26)
Free admission

Featured artists are: 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), Toby Smith (UK) and Klaus Thymann (DK).


 

Opening of the UN Climate Action Summit

VOICES FOR THE FUTURE celebrates opening of UN Climate Action Summit

“Voices for the Future – was a compelling visual prelude to the Climate Action Summit that combined a visual depiction of climate change, a collapsing iceberg, with the voices of six young people expressing their expectations and demands for a future in which leaders rise to the challenge through climate action. Art is a great medium that crosses the boundaries of language and culture as did Voices for the Future.”      – Luis Alfonso de Alba, Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the 2019 Climate Action Summit. 

With the United Nations Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit starting today, world leaders and representatives from government, business, and civil society are set to announce potentially far-reaching steps to confront climate change.

VOICES FOR THE FUTURE – an immersive art installation by New Zealand-based artist Joseph Michael, produced in collaboration with environmental charity Project Pressure lit up the United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings in New York leading up the UN’s Climate Action Summit and coincided with the global school strikes on Friday the 20th of September.

The installation of large-scale projections covering the outside of the UN with images of a massive iceberg, set the scene for the voices of six young advocates, authored by Klaus Thymann, including Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, commenting on the nature of the climate crisis and urgent actions that can, and must, be taken to minimize the consequences of climate change.


 

VOICES FOR THE FUTURE

VOICES FOR THE FUTURE, an immersive art installation by New Zealand-based artist Joseph Michael, produced in collaboration with environmental charity Project Pressure, lights up the United Nations General Assembly and Secretariat buildings in New York ahead of the UN’s Climate Action Summit and global school strikes, with an artwork unveiled to the public on Friday, September 20.

This installation will spotlight large-scale projections covering the outside of the UN with images of a massive iceberg, setting the scene for the voices of six young advocates, including Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, commenting on the nature of the climate crisis and urgent actions that can, and must, be taken to minimize the consequences of climate change.

VOICES FOR THE FUTURE opens with an iteration of Joseph Michael’s artwork, Antarctica: while you were sleeping, showcasing powerful visuals of an iceberg slowly crashing down the sides of the 500-foot tall United Nations building, intended to bring the remoteness of the Antarctic to the core of urban New York.Composer Rhian Sheehan has created a musical soundscape, which together with Michael’s work reflects how icebergs crack, shift and breathe, revealing their fragility.

Part two of the installation, authored by Project Pressure founder Klaus Thymann, and visualized by Joseph Michael, features the voices of the six young advocates addressing their hopes and fears for the future, in relation to the climate crisis. Each of the six voices will speak one of the six official UN languages – Russian, Arabic, French, Spanish, English and Mandarin – and represent one of the world’s populated continents.  The words of the voices will scroll the length of the building. To support the messaging, the second act is accompanied by music by Brian Eno.

With the sides of the United Nations building serving as a canvas for the audio-visual installation, the audience will experience up close the beauty, size and sound of a colossal iceberg.  Together with the messages from the younger generation, VOICES FOR THE FUTURE transforms the UN into a glowing beacon, highlighting the climate crisis, underlining the need to preserve our world for future generations and the critical decisions to be made at the summit.

Heli image by Simon Godsiff.


 

ALT. +1000

The Imperfect Atlas, 2014. © Peter Funch

Alt. +1000 photo festival in Switzerland is renowned for exhibitions of contemporary photography with mountain themes. Whether by climbing mountains, building roads and parking lots, planting a cross, or working the steep land, humans have left their mark on the landscape for centuries and this footprint is at the centre of the fifth edition of the Alt. +1000 festival.

WARNING SIGNS by Project Pressure will be exhibited in and around Lake Taillères, the centre of the “Siberia of Switzerland”. The exhibition consists of nearly 80 images – a combination of stunning artworks and an informative poster campaign visualizing the climate crisis in an inspiring way. The event offers art and nature lovers, as well as fa­milies, a photographic stroll through a remarkable landscape.

In addition to Lake Taillères, the festival takes place at two other magnificent sites – the Grand-Cachot-de-Vent farm and the Musée des beaux-arts Le Locle (MBAL) where visitors can enjoy 80 years of mountain images by Magnum photographers, as well as a solo exhibition by Project Pressure collaborator Noémie Goudal among other works.

1-22.09.2019
Mon – Sun, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Free admission

www.plus1000.ch

Sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.


 

THE GUARDIAN

Ice Cave, Vatnajökull, 2014. © Richard Mosse

MELTDOWN featured in The Guardian with a selection of artworks from the entire exhibition at The Natural History Museum in Vienna. The show is open until the 1st of September.


 

MELTDOWN – NOW OPEN

Glaciér 1-3, 2016. © Noémie Goudal

Our exhibition MELTDOWN visualizing climate change at the Natural History Museum, Vienna, is now officially open. We couldn’t think of a better place to launch Project Pressure’s travelling exhibition with artworks by Corey Arnold, Michael Benson, Broomberg & Chanarin, Edward Burtynsky, Scott Conarroe, Peter Funch, Noémie Goudal, Adam Hinton, Richard Mosse, Simon Norfolk, Norfolk + Thymann, Christopher Parsons, Toby Smith and Klaus Thymann.

Opening hours and information about how to get there here.

  


 

POSTER CAMPAIGN

The aim of Project Pressure is to visualize climate change, using art as a positive touch point to inspire engagement and create behavioural change. The posters launched on Earth Day 22nd of April relate to vanishing glaciers to demonstrate the impact of climate change. Unlike wildfires, flooding and other weather events, glacier mass loss can be directly attributed to global climate change, and as such they are key indicators.

The images by Corey Arnold, Edward Burtynsky, Simon Norfolk and Klaus Thymann are overlaid with surprising facts, providing an informative and unexpected journey for the viewer.

 


 

MELTDOWN

MELTDOWN – a visualization of climate change by Project Pressure

Natural History Museum, Vienna
June 4th –  September 8th, 2019

Since 2008 Project Pressure has been commissioning world-renowned artists to conduct expeditions around the world, and for the first time these works will be shown together as MELTDOWN, a travelling exhibition premiering at the Natural History Museum, Vienna.
Project Pressure uses art as a positive touch point to inspire engagement and behavioural change. The selected artworks in MELTDOWN relate to vanishing glaciers, to demonstrate the impact of climate change through various media. Unlike wildfires, flooding and other weather events, glacier mass loss can be 100% attributed to global temperature changes and as such, they are key indicators of climate change.
The exhibition is a narrative of the importance of glaciers told in a scientific, illustrative and poetic way and each artist has a unique take on the subject. MELTDOWN shows scale from the planetary level to microscopic biological impact, and considers humanitarian suffering and more. Together the artistic interpretations in MELTDOWN give visitors unique insights into the world’s cryosphere, its fragile ecosystem and our changing global climate.
Featured artists are: Corey Arnold (US), Michael Benson (US), Adam Broomberg (ZA) & Oliver Chanarin (UK), Edward Burtynsky (CA), Scott Conarroe (CA), Peter Funch (DK), Noémie Goudal (FR), Adam Hinton (UK), Richard Mosse (IE), Simon Norfolk (NG), Christopher Parsons (UK), Toby Smith (UK) and Klaus Thymann (DK).
The second stop for our travelling show will be Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, opening the 23rd of November. More information to follow.


 

WGMS & PROJECT PRESSURE

World Glacier Monitoring Service (WGMS) is currently in the process of adding to the Glacier Photo Collection, hosted by National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in USA. This is to ensure that the information and imagery of glaciers, that form the WGMS Fluctuations of Glaciers (FoG) database, are better represented. Currently there are several locations where WGMS’s photos are of poor quality or the glaciers of particular significance have limited documentation, these include Russia, Norway, Canada, Svalbard, Switzerland, Greenland, New Zealand, the USA, and Austria, amongst others. Thus we are inviting any individual with relevant glacial photographs to please share them with us, here you will find a list of all the glaciers WGMS are interested in gathering photographs of and use these instructions to upload your imagery.