Artica Svalbard Residency in collaboration with OCA Norway and the Toronto Biennial of Art (April 2022). 

“I’m particularly interested in the role of SvalSat plays in climate change research, which is why I’m calling this project a community satellite station in the sense of trying to ‘tune’ into many different transmissions from discussions with locals to the sensing capacity of environments. Consequently it also seems very logical that I begin the project literally on the ground at Svalsat, where an extensive antennae array is linking with the thousands of orbital passes made each day by Earth Observation satellites such as Landsat 8 & 9 a joint program run by NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey, as well as Europe’s Sentinel Programme and the Copernicus Programme as well as NOAA’s Suomi NPP spacecraft, which measures sea-surface temperatures and solar reflection off oceanic surfaces.” — Susan Schuppli

Assistance from Charlotte Hetherington, Director, Artica Svalbard, Lisa Bøen, Studio and Residency Co-ordinator, and Henry Bradley, Cinematographer

6 April Interview with Svalbard acoustic researcher, Dr. Oskar Glowacki, Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences

Read: Quantifying iceberg calving fluxes with underwater noise (2020) & Ocean tides are conductors of underwater icy concerts (2017)

11 April Interview with Maja-Stine Ekstedt, Director of SvalSat

12 April Hike to Longyearbreen and ice cave

18 April Ice breaker trip to the ice floe edge

17 April EISCAT (European Incoherent Scatter Scientific Association) operates three incoherent scatter radar systems, at 224 MHz, 931 MHz in Northern Scandinavia and one at 500 MHz on Svalbard, used to study the interaction between the Sun and the Earth as revealed by disturbances in the ionosphere and magnetosphere

18-19 April Journey from Longyearbyen to Isford Radio via snowmobile

20 April Interview with Dr. Katie Herlingshaw, a scientist based at UNIS who studies arctic geophysics especially the aurora and ionosphere 

20 April Screening of Arctic Archipelago (2020) at Artica Svalbard

21 April Kjell Henriksen Observatory via the beltwagon with Mikko Syrjäsuo (Head Engineer) & Katie Herlingshaw

22 April Set-up mobile radio antennae with Solveig Anna Thorvaldsdottir active as JW5MUA / QRV on HF Bands or
QSL direct to JW5MUA with SAE+3 USD

Toronto Biennial of Art  (2022)