Julia Calfee’s Vision of Global Warming
I know that not everybody wants to live in a rustic, basic camp at 2.100 meters recording and taking photos, but I felt compelled and committed, despite the discomfort, to understand, preserve and record forever the images and sounds of the melting glacier; and most importantly to create an archive, a permanent reminder of the magnificent and varied notes of this melting ice, as it disappeared in front of my own eyes. These accidental forms inspired me in the final selection for this book to emphasize abstract and universal shapes.
A Glacier’s Requiem
Kehrer Verlag, 2016
“A Glacier’s Requiem, exquisitely designed and presented, is both a visual and audio monument to the ice giants of this world.”
Contributions by: Yang Lian, Peter Schneider, Edu Haubensak, Daniel Haefliger, Morris Wolf, Justus Oehler, and Christoph Grote-Beverborg.
Designed by Pentagram Berlin: Justus Oehler
30,5 x 31 CM, 112 Pages, 32 Black and White large format Photographs 30 x 60 cm – English – ISBN 978-3-86828-737-0
12” Vinyl Record, 180g, 45 RPM, Stereo
Multimedia artist Julia Calfee dedicated months living underneath the Länta glacier, Switzerland, at 2,100 meters above sea level in rudimentary conditions to understand and preserve as an archive the images and sounds of the melting glaciers which she could touch as they disappeared before her eyes. The result of these months of work was over 300 audio recordings and thousands of black and white photographs. The final selection of images transcends the subject to portray, in an abstract manner, the elements of this constantly changing nature. Equally powerful are her audio recordings which she edited, sequenced, and presents in the form of a vinyl record.
The vinyl record is a symphony composed, sequenced and edited by the artist from her audio recordings of the melting glacier, 2008 to 2011, and is presented in a special slipcase with the “A Glacier's Requiem” book as part of the same project.
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