The Arctic is an Eye
HD Video
6’ 41’’
Sound by Point the Bone

Developed on The Arctic Circle Residency with support from The Freedman Foundation, Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the Australia Council for the Arts. Thank you to ACME in the UK for the support.

Solo Show:
Seventh Gallery, AU 2016

Ferry Gallery, Thailand, 2016

Group Show:

Outside film projects, Sheffield, UK 2017

Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA 2017

North Sydney Art Prize, Coal Loader Center for Sustainability, AU 2017

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

A large part of seeing depends on habit and convention.
-John Berger. Ways of Seeing

This part film, part data visualisation is an exploration of  the narrative of climate change in the Arctic Circle. It depicts environmental data and responses from climate change opinion polls embedded into the often romanticised Arctic landscape. It shows the malleability of information; what we are told and what we see, in contrast to what we feel. The process of sight served as inspiration for the writing of a parable style text that runs alongside the data in attempt to define a human identity for the Arctic. Globalisation has challenged traditional notions of identity and perhaps, in turn, has disrupted our abilities for empathy and added to the dissociation with current events.
The data sets are sourced from opinion polls on climate change and levels of worry. I incorporated personal data sets, including  my flight emissions from Sydney to Svalbard and my sense of increasing unease. Studies have shown that moral consistency is important and increases effectiveness when communicating a message. Integrating personal transparency was done from a manipulative position to gain the trust of the viewer . Continuing, the data sets include carbon dioxide levels worldwide and the receding sea ice in the Arctic Circle.
This work relfects on care, by anthropomorphising the Arctic is it an effective way to encourage curiosity and consideration? The hand gestures act as a human remnant, an empty gesture in a digital work, hinting at the performative aspects and privilege of caring.