Art From The Arctic - Film

60 minute film directed by David Hinton

Featuring Heather Ackroyd & Dan Harvey, David Buckland, Siobhan Davies, Gautier Deblonde, Antony Gormley, Alex Hartley, Ian McEwan, Michèle Noach and Rachel Whiteread

In 2005 we produced our first film co-produced with the BBC Art From The Arctic, a 60 minute film directed by David Hinton. The film has now been seen by a worldwide audience of over 12 million in broadcasts on the BBC and Sundance TV Channel, and in screenings at film festivals across the world.

Art From the Arctic first broadcast on BBC FOUR on 21 February 2006 as part of Climate Chaos - a major season of BBC programmes on the science behind and issues surrounding climate change. It also screened on BBC TWO, on 31 May 2006 as part of the returning Climate Chaos season. In 2008 the Sundance Channel in the USA broadcast it on 21st and 28th April. 

Between 2003 and 2005 filmmaker David Hinton travelled 2,500 nautical miles on three expeditions aboard the schooner Nooderlicht filming artists, scientists and educators exploring the pristine environment of the High Arctic as part of the Cape Farewell project. The result was Art From The Arctic.

Witness the artists' response to the harsh environment, and their take on the impacts of climate change. Some were inspired to make instant artworks, carving optical ice lenses and cameras, making glacial projections, creating habitable snow-rooms, sketching, drawing and writing, whilst others quietly absorbed their surroundings, producing work on their return home. Enduring temperatures of -35°C, the stormy waters of 'The Devil's Dancefloor' and the cramped conditions of nautical living, join them in their exploration of the extraordinary and vulnerable Arctic.

The programme has been edited from 200 hours of Cape Farewell footage, by Duncan Harris. Artist, Max Eastley has used live recordings from the Arctic in his soundtrack for the programme. Actor, Bill Paterson provides the main narrative. Jacqui Hughes, is the programme's Executive Producer at the BBC.

Art From The Arctic was shown as part of The Ship: the Art of Climate Change at the Natural History Museum. The exhibition, designed to deepen our understanding of climate change, was open to the public 3 June - 3 September 2006. Following the release of the film a DVD version was produced and availble to purchase from Cape Farewell.

Credits

Director - David Hinton
Editor - Duncan Harris
Music - Max Eastley
Narration - Bill Paterson
Producer - David Buckland
Executive Producer BBC - Jacquie Hughes

Director David Hinton, cameraman Philip Chavannes and sound recordist Albert Bailey filming at Kongsfjord in 2004
The Noorderlicht sails through sea ice during the 2004 Art/Science Expedition
Siobhan Davies, Walking Dance, 2005
Max Eastley capturing sound on Edgeøya with an instrument made from recycled debris
Antony Gormley and Peter Clegg, Three Made Places, 2005, (process)
Dr Simon Boxall launching a disposable temperature probe during the 2004 Art/Science Expedition
David Buckland in front of the Noorderlicht locked in ice at Tempelfjorden, just North of the 79th parallel
Antony Gormley and Peter Clegg, Shelter, 2005
Rachel Whiteread leading a walk during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
David Buckland, Ice Texts, 2004–2005
Alex Hartley, Nymark (Undiscovered Island) 2005–2006, (detail)
In sub-zero kit at Tempelfjorden, just North of the 79th parallel, during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey, Stranded, 2005–2006, (process)
Filming near Tempelfjorden, just North of the 79th parallel in Svalbard, during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
David Buckland, The Messenger, 2005 (still)
Artists Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey carve their Ice Lens during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
Max Eastley recording sound onboard the Noorderlicht during the 2004 Art/Science Expedition
David Buckland in sub-zero kit during the 2005 Art/Science Expedition
Line of walking figures in a vast Arctic landscape

Making Walking Dance by Siobhan Davies during the 2005 expedition, featured in Art From the Arctic.