Ice-Time

Ice-Time
Moving Image
Clea T. Waite
audioscape by: Angelika von Chamier
"Ice‑Time" is an immersive, multi‑projection video and 3D sound installation combining art, science, and technology. The artwork is a creative response to the accelerating changes we are currently observing in Earth's ecosystem that examines ice as the most visible yet inaccessible indicator of the short‑term effects of climate change. "Ice‑Time" conveys the essence of ice and its intimations, eliciting the poetics contained within frozen water as revealed by current climate research. The project centers on an expedition to Western Greenland, the location of Jakobshavn Isbrae, the fastest moving glacier on Earth. It is a document of our unique moment in glacial space‑time, expressing the beauty, the rationality and the gravitas of ice. The installation creates a singular cinematic portrait of ice, from vast glaciers to individual crystals, manifesting time and revealing the phenomenon of ice through contrasting physical scales and speeds of observation. Six large projections and a 9.1surround, three-dimensional soundscape occupy a room-sized immersive environment of translucent screens, forming crystalline collages as visitors move within the space. The hexagonal structures found in ice molecules and 4D tesseract sections serve as formal elements that pervade the visual design of the film and of the installation The "Ice‑Time" ambisonic soundscape is composed of field recordings of live ice that create an immersive audio environment circulating through the space like a solid fluid – like a glacier. The video imagery combines digital 4K video of ice recorded in Greenland and scientific data and visualizations from our science collaborators. "Ice‑Time" creates a poetic, intimate portrait of ice through time‑lapse photography, micro‑photography, satellite observations, and direct contact audio recordings The vivid, material presence of image, sound, data, and time allows the visitor to enter into an embodied experience of frozen water, a cinematic experience of accelerating glacial time that imbues the spectator with an implicit awareness of the environmental and cultural implications of ice.