There's much debate on the causes of climate change. Scientists, politicians and opinion leaders all take the stage to present their vision or ideas. However, cool(E)motion is not focused on the possible causes of climate change. We merely note that the climate is changing, whatever the cause. Let's now focus on what this means for the Arctic. And more specifically, what will happen to traditional culture, when hunters can't trust the ice, when seals disappear and wheater condition deteriorate?

Cool(e)motion urges those in power to focus on the cultural effects of climate changes. We seek attention for this message by creating giant sculptures on ice bergs that will float when spring comes. This way, the sculptural 'hunters' can search for new hunting grounds for people in the Arctic.


Thursday, 17 September 2009

Our trip to the Brasvellbreen

Together with Petra, cool(E)motion co-Founder, we just returned from a trip to Svalbard, high in the Arctic North. We did research for a future project.

We sailed on the tallship: 'Antigua' to the island Nordauslandet, to visit the Brasvellbreen, Europe's largest glacier. Last year we also tried to get there, but even in the mid summer there is a lot of drifting ice. Often too much, but this year we succeeded.

Our route started in Longyearbuyen, sailing to the North, and turning South through the Hinlopen Strait. In this relatively narrow 'street' we suddenly got surprised by a hurricane and the ship was smashed at it's side. The result: three broken ribs and a knee as large as a babies head. The view of the glacier was it all worth. ( see pictures )

During our trip we filmed in total 16 polar bears, many walrusses and whales. It seemed they never had contact with humans before. The Arctic nature in these regions gave a feeling of unspoiled.


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