by Anna Frants
Arctic Circle - New York,
CYLAND media lab, St Petersburg, Russia
installation combines sights and sounds of the “Wild North” with the
newest technologies. It consists of five old tin cans and a big screen.
The viewer handles the cans, and each of them triggers a video on the
screen, made in the Arctic and set on the songs of the indigenous
people – droning, yet very rhythmical. Judging by the video context,
the artist wants to remain a neutral observer. Thus, the viewer gets a
portion of control and some food (or fodder) for reflection – on the
future of the Arctic and the relationship between an artist and a
viewer in contemporary art.
*In 2009 Anna
Frants was part of a 20 person expeditionary residency program that
sailed into the mysterious Arctic Circle. The mission of this 14 day
venture was to bring together artist of all disciplines, scientists,
architects, and educators who would collectively explore a remote and
fascinating destination abroad a specially outfitted sailing vessel.
This trip into the Arctic became an incubator for thought, artistic
experimentation and invention, relating directly to their unique
environment. Polar Bear Fodder is what artist Anna Frants cultivated
from her experience.