MELTDOWN, A Visualization of Climate Change by Project Pressure.
Glaciér 1-3, 2016. © Noémie Goudal
MELTDOWN has work from every relevant continent on the planet and leads the viewer on a journey in three chapters. The first section The Importance of Glaciers provides an introduction to the subject. We learn how year-on-year comparative images illustrate glacier mass loss and the impact of climate change.
In the second section, Current Issues, MELTDOWN looks at various urgent subjects including the fact that more than a billion people depend on water runoff from the Himalayan mountains for irrigation, hydropower and drinking water. We also learn how the borders within Europe are being redrawn by glacier recession. Climate change can no longer be avoided, it is happening already and the world and humanity will have to adapt.
In the final section, Meltdown Consequences, MELTDOWN looks at the well-known facts, but also surprises viewers by visualizing those consequences of climate change which go well beyond sea level rise 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.
MELTDOWN will inspire as well as activate the visitor. It is time to move beyond awareness: the mission of Project Pressure is to incite real behavioural change. To encourage this change, Project Pressure has created a carbon footprint calculator. A touchscreen for this digital tool are placed at the exit from the exhibition, where individual visitors can learn how carbon-intense their lifestyle is. As well as an estimate, they will get recommendations for improvements to make in areas such as home, transport, energy, food, and more. They will then be prompted by email to revisit and re-calculate online after two months.
MELTDOWN at The Natural History Museum, Vienna from June 5th 2019 – September 1st 2019. MELTDOWN at The Horniman Museum and Gardens, from November 23rd 2019.
For further information about the exhibition and touring opportunities, please get in touch with our exhibition representative Jernej Gregoric.
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