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[CLIMATE] SIGNALS FROM SVALBARD

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In 2020 I had the opportunity to circumnavigate Spitsbergen, the largest island in the Svalbard Arctic Archipelago by sailboat with glaciologist Miriam Jackson to observe and document such environmental changes myself.

More recently I returned to Svalbard and focused my attention, not on the cryospheric geographies that are transmitting the urgencies of climate change, but to the technology infrastructures that have converged on Svalbard to relay signals of another kind: electromagnetic pulses, sine waves, and data streams that feed our informatic networks.

A critical zone of radio towers, antennae arrays, satellite ground control stations, radar installations, meteorological instruments, and fibre optic cables populate the region around Longyearbyen.

Supported by Office for Contemporary Art Norway
Artica Residency (2022), and the Toronto Biennial of Art.

See also the Community Satellite Station produced by Schuppli in 2023.


[Climate] Signals from Svalbard, dir Susan Schuppli, 2024, 27.28 mins. Preview clip.



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