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Home on ice

18 Dec


So, winter is here. The arctic ice is nearly back fully frozen after its record summer thaw. But I was thinking today about what more, and earlier, ice melt might mean in the immediate areas around glacier mouths. I’ve always been amazed by iceberg and their frozen river origins and a warming world means that ice break off will be more dramatic than ever before. The size of icebergs is likely to increase. Huge, bobbing offspring of a vanishing, diseased parent.


More icebergs, crashing off ice sheets and piling up against one another in the fjords and oceans of the north. Initially a mix of individual blocks, fused together as they form pack ice. Then breaking up and spreading out. Growing up and leaving home.

In themselves I imagine then as these modular habitable units where, in a parallel universe, people might live inside hollowed out bergs, initially fused together with their neighbours, a strong community where everyone is forced together. Then as the year progresses the break up of the ice occurs and people spread apart, are forced to separate and become independent. It would be like our lives on a hugely exaggerated scale, completely at the hands off the seasons.

But i’m still struck by the image of these habitable units. You’d be completely powerless as to where they take you. Reliant on ocean currents, storm systems and the tides. You’d be blind essentially. Trapped in a glassy mirrored interior. As the summer went on the walls would thin, the outside would become more visible. Eventually the berg would entirely melt. And then what?

The old maps of the Arctic chart out the northern landmasses like icebergs themselves. You can imagine the giant bergs which occasionally break off Antarctica and Greenland would be continental in their scope. Floating country sized slabs of ice. People would chisel their own homes out of the ice. Communities would form, societies would develop, there would be a whole civil system…just for a few months. Each individual mountain of ice would be weathered individually, shaped by its journey. A complete expression of the landscape and seascapes it encounters. Some stained grey by a journey along the petrochemical works around Arkangel, others clear, blue and shining as they glide past Svalbard. Battle wounds would show where collisions would have taken place. Waring iceberg inhabitants even resorting to conflict – invading passing floating communities. Other bergs would seek alliances.

But the sun would keep rising and the winds would shift and 2000 miles from where you started out that society would be shattered, broken up – floes the last melting remains, eventually recycled when the next freeze arrives.


Oil Spill

11 Nov

5m high waves and storm force winds split a tanker in

half earlier today. Out came 1,300 tonnes of oil.


Pumped out of the earth…forced down a pipeline….onto a ship…..back into the sea.



Millions of years ago the death of organisms in the marshes of Crimea and the Black Sea borderlands led to the giant gas and oil fields which lie beneath and around the body of water. Today they’re returned to the sea, just sadly as pollutant capable of causing a sped up fast forward of the process of ecosystem death, as the oil sinks down to the bottom of the ocean. This isn’t the oil we’re used to, you see. It doesn’t float and form a glittering sheen. It’s unrefined fuel oil. Heavy. Damaging. Crude.



21 Sep


Friends of the Earth film comp shortlist deciced. Now voting has started.

Some of the one minute shorts are really good.

Brilliant (below): Autumn




This all reminds me of:
Watch this potential project in Singapore..beautiful presentation.


I’m kind of stressed at the moment. Music wise I’m mourning missing out on Sigur Ros Heima tickets, so the following are my songs of the moment. One really calming…and the others just plain fun…and seeing as Kanye nearly destroyed HBFS, we might as well remember the original.

Michael Andrews (Donnie Darko) – The Artifact and Living (ss)

Simian Mobile Disco – We Are Your Friends (ss)

Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (ss)