88 Cores  
The Philbrook Downtown Tulsa OK  2019

88 Cores
The Philbrook Downtown Tulsa OK 2019

88 Cores
In Human Time, The Climate Museum NYC 2018 
Photo: Steve Whitehouse

88 Cores
In Human Time, The Climate Museum NYC 2018
Photo: Steve Whitehouse

88 CORES

From -1 Meter to -3051 Meters

Video  4h29m

Peggy Weil 2017

Original Score by Celia Hollander

 

88 Cores descends two miles through the Greenland Ice Sheet in one continuous pan dating back more than 110,000 years. It premiered at The Climate Museum’s inaugural exhibition, In Human Time, in NYC in 2018. The pace and scale of the work is a gesture towards deep time and the gravity of climate change.

 

Ice cores are known as paleo-thermometers informing the foundation of climate science with evidence of past conditions on earth. The horizontal banding seen in the cores indicates seasonal snowfall and can be counted and correlated with dates, like tree rings. Chemical analysis at different depths can be matched to historical events such as volcanic eruptions. Air bubbles trapped in the ice hold ancient air, documenting the makeup of ancient atmosphere. The GISP2D Ice Core was drilled between 1989-1993 as part of the the Greenland Ice Sheet Project, research sponsored by The National Science Foundation. The cores in 88 Cores are stored at the NSF Ice Core Facility in Lakewood, Colorado.

 

88 Cores is part of a series of Underscapes, portraits of the extended landscape in order to confront the scales of deep time and deep space.

 

Additional Information:

New Yorker: As The Artic Melts, An Artist Finds Beauty in Ancient Ice by Carolyn Kormann

 

Los Angeles Review of Books: It’s About Time by Peggy Weil

 

Exhibitions

 

2019 88 CORES

Colby Museum of Art, Waterville Maine

Curated by Diana Tuite

October 1 – December 8, 2019

 

2019 Bearing Witness 88 CORES: Putnam County Museum

in partnership with DePauw University Richard E. Peeler Art Center

Curated by Martha Donovan Opdahl

Greencastle Indiana

Oct 1- Dec 1, 2019

 

2019 8 Cores from 88 Cores

Omega Institute

Rhinebeck NY

Oct/Nov 2019

 

2019 88 CORES

The Philbrook Downtown, Tulsa, OK

Curated by Sienna Brown

February 1 – May 19 2019

 

2019 Documenting Change: Our Climate Past Present Future

CU University Art Museum Boulder CO

Curated by Erin Espelie and Hope Saska

Feb 7 – July 20, 2019

 

2019 Fire & Ice: The Shifting Narratives of Climate Change

UCI View Point Gallery

UC Irvine, California

Feb 2019

 

2018 Art for Arctic’s Sake

Fordham University, NYC

Curated by Carleen Sheehan

 

2018 United Nations for Secretary General António Guterres’s Address on Climate Action

 

2018 The Climate Museum: In Human Time

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, NYC

Curated by Christiane Paul

Jan 2017-Feb 2018

Fire and Ice – 88 Cores on Fifth Ave
In Human Time The Climate Museum 2018

88 Cores descends two miles through the Greenland Ice Sheet in one continuous pan dating back more than 110,000 years in time. These cores were drilled between 1989-1993 as part of the the Greenland Ice Sheet Project (GISP2), sponsored by The National Science Foundation.  

The variation in appearance over the 88 cores in this film is due to several factors: the coarser grained snow and firn (dense snow) closer to the surface are compressed into layers of ice as a function of depth. Visible banding, dust and debris are indicators of seasonal variation and regional conditions. Size and shape varies according to the condition of an individual core section; the ice may be fragmented or broken; or portions distributed to labs for analysis. The scanned images reflect over a decade of evolution in imaging technology between 2004 and 2017.

 The variation and fragility of the excavated cores echo the vulnerability of polar ice as the Earth warms. The pace and scale of the piece is a gesture towards the immense scale and gravity of climate change. 

Original Score by Celia Hollander

88 Cores follows ice cores underground and back in time. Perhaps time is more linear and asymmetrical on the scale of human perception but more cyclical and symmetrical on a massive scale, one that we can comprehend but can’t easily perceive.

88 Cores uses a linear approach, scrolling from top to bottom, as a type of temporal section cut. Reading this section cut suggests that there is a beginning and an end, but what came before and what will come after? Will the near future be like the distant past? And whose future, whose past? The one belonging to the ice, or the humans, or the Earth? Although ice is one of the most direct demonstrations of climate change, scrolling through this scale of time is a reminder of continuous and accumulating changes.

 This piece of music is both cyclical and linear; it is propelled by small, evolving loops and downward sloping glissando drones, but is continuously slowing down at an even rate over the course of 4.5 hours. It is a system of small spinning parts that gradually decelerates and expands over time.

Celia Hollander is a Los Angeles based artist working in audio recordings, scores, sound installations and text. Her work critically engages ways that audio and the act of listening can question cultural infrastructures, cultivate social connection and enable an awareness of a continuously changing present.

88 Cores
In Human Time, The Climate Museum  NYC 2018

88 Cores
In Human Time, The Climate Museum NYC 2018

88 Cores
In Human Time, The Climate Museum NYC 2018 
Photo: Sari Goodfriend

88 Cores
In Human Time, The Climate Museum NYC 2018
Photo: Sari Goodfriend

88 Cores 
Fire & Ice: The Shifting Narratives of Climate Change
UCI Viewpoint Gallery 2019

88 Cores
Fire & Ice: The Shifting Narratives of Climate Change
UCI Viewpoint Gallery 2019

88 Cores
Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past Present Future)
CU University Art Museum Boulder 2019

88 Cores
Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past Present Future)
CU University Art Museum Boulder 2019

88 Cores
Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past Present Future)
CU University Art Museum Boulder 2019

88 Cores
Documenting Change: Our Climate (Past Present Future)
CU University Art Museum Boulder 2019

88 Cores 
Secretary General António Guterres's  Address on Climate Action
United Nations  2018

88 Cores
Secretary General António Guterres’s Address on Climate Action
United Nations 2018

8 Cores from 88 Cores  
Omega Institute Rhinebeck NY 2019

8 Cores from 88 Cores
Omega Institute Rhinebeck NY 2019

88 CORES From -1 Meter to -3015 Meters
Video 4h29m (excerpt -22m)

88 CORES From -1 Meter to -3015 Meters
Video 4h29m (excerpt -2545 to -2670m)

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