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Virescent Lake
Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in the Martinos Auditorium of the Granoff Center for the Arts at Brown University.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

4:00 – 10:00 pm
Virescent – Studio 2 
This video and sound installation by Ed Osborn, Brown University 
associate professor of visual art, uses the practices of sound and 
video recording to investigate natural sites in the Arctic in both micro 
and macro scales.

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Artists Talk
Computer scientist Bridget Baird, poet Judith Goldman, sound artist 
Brett Terry and visual artist Andrea Wollensak discuss their most 
recent collaboration, the exhibition Open Waters [Northwest Passage 
& Polar Sea]

6:30 – 7:15 pm
Exhibition Openings
Open Waters [Northwest Passage & Polar Sea] – Cohen Gallery
A new work from collaborators Bridget Baird, Judith Goldman, Brett 
Terry and Andrea Wollensak that uses generative art to explore the 
rich history of Arctic expeditions and current climate change realities 
through audiovisual events inspired by climate data.

White Wanderer – Atrium Gallery
A new audiovisual work by Luftwerk – artistic collaborators Petra 
Bachmaier and Sean Gallero – that brings to life the cracking of 
Antarctica ice.

7:15 – 8:00 pm
Free Improvisation Image and Soundscape Concert
The Speculative Auralizations of the Anthropocene, in the Key of the Schumann Resonances
Justin Guariglia, Stephon Alexander, and Melvin Gibbs
        A textural sonic meditation on images by Justin Guariglia, featuring 
        performances by Stephon Alexander, tenor saxophone; Melvin Gibbs, 
        electric bass; Butch Rovan, alto clarinet and electronics

Seaman breaching iceberg
Friday, April 6, 2018

9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Virescent, video and sound installation by Ed Osborn – Studio 2

5:30 – 6:30 pm
Artist Talk – List Art Building, Room 120, 64 College Street
Danish sound artist and composer Jacob Kirkegaard discusses his
soundscape Isfald (Icefall), in which he uses recordings made deep 
underwater of calving icebergs in Greenland. 

6:30 – 7:30 pm
Exhibition opening reception – David Winton Bell Gallery, 64 College Street
33° is a series of exhibitions and public artworks addressing the 
impact of climate change and associated threats of ice melt, sea level 
rise, and endangered species and ways of life. The Bell Gallery 
installation features work by African American and Native American 
photographer Camille Seaman; and German landscape photographer 
Olaf Otto Becker, in addition to Kirkegaard.
Photo murals of polar landscapes and species threatened by climate
change by Seaman, Becker, James Balog (American), Jean de 
Pomereu (French), and Iain Roy (Scottish) are displayed on the 
façades of Brown buildings around campus. 

This exhibition is curated by Jo-Ann Conklin and organized by the 
David Winton Bell Gallery and the Public Art Committee in association
Polar Opposites. Generous support was provided by an anonymous 

9:30  – 11:45 pm
Film Screenings
Burning Ice, 2010
Peter M. Gilbert and Adam Singer, co-directors, 80 min.

This film documents Cape Farewell’s expedition to Greenland in 2008, 
with a crew of 45 scientists, artists and musicians, including Laurie 
Anderson, Jarvis Crocker, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and Martha Wainwright, 
among others. Commissioned by Sundance Television, the film 
reveals how artists and musicians working in partnership with 
scientists can inspire a re-imagining of a sustainable future.

There Will Be Some Who Will Not Fear Even That Void, 2012 
Saeed Taji Farouky, director, 52 min.

A semi-fictional, sci-fi documentary made as director Saeed Taji 
Farouky's love letter to the Arctic. Shot over 2.5 weeks on a tall ship 
as it sailed around Norway's Arctic Svalbard Archipelago, the film 
incorporates the stories, work and experiences of the 16 other artists 
aboard, including Brown University’s visual arts faculty member Ed 

Image credits:
Ed Osborn, Video still from Virescent, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Camille Seaman, Breaching Iceberg, Greenland, August 8, 2008. Courtesy of the artist.

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