Presented in association with Cinema Arts at The Exploratorium
Pictured Above: Ice Hours (2018) by Clevenger, Dutton, Miskowicz and Seaman
General Admission: $19.95 (includes admission to The Exploratorium and full access to The Exploratorium: After Dark)
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7:30pm: Opening conversation with global change biologist and science communicator Sara ElShafie
8:30pm: Ice Hours screening/performance
The Poles are unforgiving and hostile places, meant to humble us and remind us that we exist in a fragile and precarious pale blue dot in space. When I am there I understand that I am of this Earth that it is my only home and that it shelters me from the dark cold void of the great space around us. — Camille Seaman
Ice Hours is a collaboration between photographer Camille Seaman, film artist Kim Miskowicz and composer/musicians Kristina Dutton and Nathan Clevenger, a multimedia concert event featuring footage of stunning Antarctic landscapes and the surrounding ocean. It is crafted from over a decade of video footage, documenting inspiring and endangered features of our changing planet. Ice Hours illustrates the inextricable connection and interdependence of humans and the natural environment.
Ice Hours takes its cue from the origins of the conservation movement, which was greatly catalyzed by the work of artists and photographers, including Ansel Adams and Thomas Moran, whose representation of the wonders of the natural landscape caught the eye of the populace and Congress, ultimately resulting in the preservation of such places as Yellowstone National Park. Similarly, Ice Hours shows the evolving beauty and changing shape of the Antarctic world. It captures the fraught nature of our relationship with our environment through the personal, the theoretical and the impressionistic.
Mother Nature likes to play with form, as do musicians and artists, and in this way Ice Hours is an homage to the non-replicable genius of nature. Offering a glimpse into the overwhelming majesty of the natural world, the piece reflects on nature’s fragility, and presents a cathartic lens as an acknowledgement that we, in our inevitable turn, are faced with such fragility as well.
Ice Hours is presented as part of The Exploratorium After Dark: STEAM-Y Stories: Expand your perspective with an evening of innovative storytelling that illuminates the fluid relationship between art and science. Hear from scientists working directly with artists to share their research in new ways and artists using science as inspiration—then immerse yourself in a spectacular multimedia artwork highlighting ice studies.