Day 283: Arctic Artistry

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October 9, 2012 by Alex Hoekstra

You know, there’s a selfish, naive and shortsighted part of me that hopes that climate change will make winters a little more like summer (and still be able to keep summers lovely).  Maybe California’s already got that going on.  Or Fiji, perhaps?  It’s a naive part of me that hopes for the best weather all over the world, or at least anywhere that wants it.  (To anyone who revels in cold rain and sleet: more power to you.  Stay away from me.)  The truth, though, is that Earth may very well be in for a serious climate shift in our lifetimes, and the results may not be ideal for everyone (I’m looking at you, 40% of the world’s population that lives within 100 km of a coastline).  Frankly, I appreciate climate diversity (and the biodiversity that comes with it) – not so much from a personal perspective, mind you – I think that given the choice, I’d go for a year-long spring weather with brief blizzards between December 23 and January 2 and colorful trees for at least a month.  Still, I recognize and understand the importance of Earth’s ecological zones most threatened by a shift in global climate change.  Today’s project is about one such vulnerable place – a place principally untouched by us, save for a few brave (and crazy) explorers and snow-junkies.  Today’s project is about the Arctic and its cold, rugged, quiet, beautiful and fragile body.  It’s a film that took on an unexpected meaning for its producers, and one that I think will turn out to be amazing and inspiring and cool.  Be cooler than cool – be ice cold – by backing Even That Void along with me before October 17.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/795622630/were-going-back-to-the-arctic-to-edit-even-that-vo

While the footage I shot is real, the plot – inspired by the other-worldliness of the location and recent events in my own life – is fictional. I imagine the artists as a team of specialists sent on a mission in the future to rebuild the Arctic environment after it has been almost completely destroyed by global warming. With no master plan, maps or blueprints, each artist recreates the Arctic of his or her own (flawed) memories, fears and desires.

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