The world is in a state of climate emergency. Crisis is fueling society's collective anxiety. The works found in this section don't typically offer 'solutions', they, more often than not, open up more questions and raise doubt. Heavy and hard-hitting, you will likely want to stay awhile in this challenging theme... for critical dialogue and honest reflection lead to new paths.
Selected currents and waves crises audio program descriptions:
The Disarming Case to ACT NOW on Climate Change, Greta Thunberg, 11min
In this passionate call to action, 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg explains why, in August 2018, she walked out of school and organized a strike to raise awareness of global warming, protesting outside the Swedish parliament and grabbing the world's attention. Thunberg says. "All we have to do is to wake up and change." Can we?
Requiem for the Polar Regions, Lou Sheppard, 30min
This series is an aural record of the shifting masses of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic oceans. Using data provided by the National Snow and Ice Data Centre in Colorado this automated program generates a musical score based on the perimeter and concentration of sea ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. The program maps the coordinates of the ice imagery to a musical scale, generating a distinct composition each day. Ice reaching further from the poles sounds as lower notes, closer sitting ice at the poles translates to higher notes. Discordant and jarring, the imperfection of the translation points to the disorientation and loss connected to climate change. Sheppard prepared two compositions for listening, the first features a requiem of the lowest ever recorded ice levels in the Arctic and Antarctic, the second is a requiem of the highest ever recorded ice levels in both regions.
Evacuate, Dr. Jen Rae & Marco Cher-Gibard, 7min
This audio work consisting of a range of sirens and alarms was originally diffused during Portage: Flotilla a two-year project let by Jen Rae in collaboration with architectural designers Mittul Vahanvati and Munir Vahanvati. In Flotilla, where evacuate was diffused, decades of echoing sirens and warnings from the global science community have gone unanswered.
Protect Me from My Protector, Chandra Melting Tallow, 20min
Constellations is a sound art and experimental narrative collective that illuminates international artists making sound works that convey meaning through evocation and abstraction. Constellations is curated by Jess Shane and Michelle Macklem. Protect Me from My Protector extends past personal relationships to confront power relations, particularly between the state as a protectorate and marginalized communities. When these communities are depicted as irrational and hysterical, the state reasserts power to remove their agency. As a result of such abuses of power, the world is heard and experienced differently by marginalized communities. Music that once signaled romance can be recast as a tool of manipulation.