2005 Expedition Blog - Day 1

Date:

Sunday, 06 March 2005, 8:00am

From:

David Buckland

Expedition:

Art/Science 2005

Subject:
Daily Log March 6th 2005
Attachments: 2 images
Icemap of the area around Svalbard The Noorderlicht

After 6 months of planning we collect at Heathrow at 10am for the three flights that take us to Longyearbyen, 79 degrees north. Here we spend the night at Base Camp before setting off on 12 snow scooters for the four hour ride across mountains to join the Noorderlicht, frozen in ice in the Tempelfjorden, she will again be our base for the week's activity. Our crew this expedition is focused on the artists and our core team of artists are joined by Ian McEwan, Antony Gormley, Rachel Whiteread and Siobhan Davies, all of us excited to continue with our field work in preparing art works for exhibition back in Europe in 2006. Venues for these works are still being discussed but will include the National History Museum, London from May until August 2006.

David Hinton is continuing working on his film with Ole on Digi Beta and John on sound, this film is now a BBC 4 commission. Andy will be filming for a Culture Show special for broadcast on BBC 2 in March. Nick will continue filming on the 16mm Bolex and Duncan is second camera on the new Sony HD. Gautier is working with the journalist Juliet Butler for press material. This a wonderful collection of media will be working with the artists and following their progress in developing art works that are focused on our central message - how man made climate change is effecting the awesome and fragile environment of the High Arctic and how, in turn, the changes up here will effect our urban lives further south.

The weather report from Spitsbergen is indicating near perfect conditions, -24°C, not much wind and sun! Two weeks ago the temperatures were only -2°C and the ice unformed - a condition that was in place since before Christmas and although the science community always cautions against taking snap shots as data, this is a first for the arctic and does follow on from the data we collected on are last expedition and the predictions of the mathematical models, notably the HadCM3. It is thought that there will be no summer ice cover at the North Pole in 60 years time.

Our next broadcast will be from Spitsbergen on Monday.

David Buckland

2005 expedition route map