Each of the listed artists were fellows in The Arctic Circle’s Summer Solstice expedition in June 2017. The Arctic Circle residency program brings together international artists of all disciplines, scientists, architects, and educators who collectively explore remote and fascinating destinations aboard an ice-class Tall Ship (S/V Antigua).
The residency takes place in the international territory of Svalbard, a mountainous Arctic archipelago just ten degrees from the North Pole.
“There is a growing discrepancy between the increasing scientific certainty about anthropogenic interference with the climate system and a decreasing concern and popular support for ambitious and effective climate policies… A number of tentative explanations of the climate paradox have been proposed, including:
- climate change perceived as distant in both time and space,
- the lack of a global treaty and political action,
- the quest for economic growth,
- the financial crisis,
- the complexity of the problem leading to numbing and helplessness,
- cultural filters,
- cognitive dissonance,
- limited individual responsibility,
- an active counter-campaign
- and denial as a fear-avoidance strategy.
The default response from many climate scientists and policymakers to what they perceive as a lack of the public to respond adequately to “facts” has been to increase the volume and amount of information. This approach to climate science communication has failed…”
Stoknes offers the use of stories and narratives as one possible antidote to the psychological barriers that inhibit individual action in response to climate change.
- What can these new stories look like?
- What imaginaries are possible under the Anthropocene?
- What ways of representing the Arctic run the risk of perpetrating further paradox?
- How can we manifest a troubled relationship to images and objects?
- How might new technologies help or hinder the realness of a remote place or a distant time?
- How can we endure an encounter with catastrophic loss by allowing ourselves to sense it?
- How does the body filter, respond to or contain this grief?
- Is there resilience in the process of grieving when the land itself must be mourned?
- Can data be used to measure how we mourn for the disappearing Arctic?
- How does one ask for consent from the Arctic?