MELTDOWN – VISUALIZING THE CLIMATE CRISIS

Mt Shuksan, 48° 51’ 56.556”, -121° 40’ 40.65”,  2014. © Peter Funch

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).

For further information about the exhibition and touring opportunities, please get in touch with our exhibition representative Jernej Gregoric.

Installation shots coming shortly.


 

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, lit 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 September 20.

The installation with 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, including Swedish student activist Greta Thunberg, commenting on the nature of the climate crisis and the 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 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 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 experienced up close the beauty, size and sound of a colossal iceberg. Together with the messages from the younger generation, VOICES FOR THE FUTURE transformed 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.

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WARNING SIGNS

an outdoor exhibition at Alt. +1000 Photo Festival

Esmarkbreen 1-3, 2013. © Corey Arnold

WARNING SIGNS by Project Pressure forms a part of Alt. +1000 Photo Festival exhibited in and around Lake Taillères, the centre of Neuchâtel also known as 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.

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

Sponsored by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.

For further information about the exhibition and touring opportunities, please get in touch with our exhibition representative Jernej Gregoric.

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MELTDOWN

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.

Click on the gallery below to view all installation shots.