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.


Friday, 28 May 2010

World's most extraordinary water

We tapped two bottles of water of our own melting iceberg. I took them back home and they will be decanted into special designed bottles, as everlasting icons for this artproject. One of the bottles will be sold to finance my new artproject. (Photos by my good friend Dr. Wilfred E. Richard)

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Arctic Apocalyps or Global Opportunities?

I just returned to The Hague after a spectacular voyage of discovery throught an unknown world and remote places with stories that the worldwide audience will touch and shock! In the next few days I will publish as much as possible. Next to that I will announce how our art project is caught for eternity. Cheer, Ap
For Canadian visitors of this webpage: I am 'live' on radio at CBC Newfoundland, 8:00 AM

Monday, 24 May 2010

Live from Uummannaq

The iceberg is melting really fast, because of it' s topspeed. The local people in Uummannaq are as enthusiastic as I am and join us to the iceberg. On the map it looks pretty close to UMQ, island, but they are already far away!
Something strange is going on the Uummannaq Bay: Last night the Uummannaq Bay filled itsselve with icebergs. Normally a happening for September........
The melting icebergs, cracking in pieces, is so loud that you even can hear it in your bed.
I don't have final plans for today, but leaving tomorrow.
I keep you posted, cheers, Ap

Sunday, 23 May 2010

In the middle of the night

Yesterday we filmed at 24:00 sharp. The sun touched the horizon but didn't go down. A great experience! We noticed that our iceberg was leaning to one site, but after we returned form the old Inuit mummy graves at the other side of the fjord, it turned back again in the good position. Unbelievable that an iceberg get's a character. Greetings from Uummannaq, Temperature: T-shirt, full sunshine, no wind.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Sculptures are crossing Uummannaq

Today we went with a boat to film the departure of the sculptures towards the Baffin Bay. Because the camera shakes in the boat, we decided to place the camera on other icebergs, that also provided us fot ater of thousands of years old. Great weather, great pictures, what can I say more? Keep you updated,
cheers, Ap

Friday, 21 May 2010

Arrival in uummannaq

I just returned from our first trip to the floating iceberg. It' s great and unbelievable how fast it is drifting. The shape didn't change much during it's drift, so we believe it will travel for a long time. The bay is filled with icebergs, way many more than in March. It looks like the wind will slow down, so we return to film a good impression. I included a picture of the dreamteam of the Uummannaq Polar Institute. A great crew.
Tonight we plan to go to Uummanatsiaq and stay there for while. I never was in Greenland without snow, but now I know where the green is coming from: It has to be the colour of the water.
I keep you posted. Cheers, Ap

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Ap on his way to Uummannaq

Really great! Tomorrow Ap is leaving to Uummannaq to see the drifting iceberg by himselve. The route of the iceberg is very special. It turned first backwards to it's glacier where it was born, said goodbye and is now drifting back to Uummannaq. It's froozen waterdrops on the side are as tears for starting it's exciting voyage to an unknown world. We received pictures from Dr. Will Richard and a clip from Sara Svarta Sorensen, that are really cool! Of course Ap will send updates of this special trip, as internet connections allow.

Sunday, 16 May 2010


The moment everybody waited for has arrived: The sculptures are drifting!. Please have a look at: ( maybe you first have to install the plug-in )
Ole Jorgen Hammeken, together with his wife Ann Andreasen, our both bestest friends, immediately took a boat and sent us the pictures. THANKS! We are more than excited where the voyage will go.
As you can see, the start was going deeper into the bay, but now they are on their way back to Uummannaq, hopefully soon in Baffin Bay. Shortly new posts will arrive. We keep you in touch.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Iceberg still stuck

Despite 2 huge storms, some neighbour icebergs that turned over and floated away, our iceberg is still stuck. So everybody is free to send in new predictions when it starts to drift.

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

'The angle between earth and the sun changed'

Since I travel through the Arctic, I ask people what's their explanation for climate change. Some of the older hunters, who rely on the position of the sun for reasons of navigation, have an answer I never could explain: 'The angle between earth and the sun changed'. I got this answer many times in all different places.
Last week I read an article from a Belgian journalist who interviewed a hunter in Gjoa Haven, Northern Canada, and he told her the same answer: 'The angle of the sun changed'. I couldn't resist and contacted a friend of mine who next week will receive his Ph.D. in astronomy. His response was overwhelming: he asked me if I had a brain collapse. The angle between earth and the sun didn't change, and never will in the next thousands of years!
I can't get it out of my mind. Did the composition of atmospheric gasses change so that the breaking angle changed? I still don't have an explanation, but am sure that something changed. Who knows the answer?