404 GEORGE ST,
FITZROY VIC 3065
Polar Convergence is an exhibition of sound and image works in which the Arctic and Antarctic intersect to form a liminal world where time and space coalesce. Philip Samartzis focuses on the unheard sounds and spaces of the Antarctic continent where volatile weather and extreme climate collide with fragile ecologies and remote settlements. Rohan Hutchinson captures the atmospherics of the Arctic winter, transforming large scale pristine landscape images into violent, mutable abstractions. The two bodies of polar research combine to express the remarkable conditions informing cold climate environments operating at the margins of the planet. Samartzis’s soundscapes present a spectral encounter of Antarctica by channelling natural, anthropogenic and geophysical forces, while Hutchinson’s blackened landscapes provide a heightened sense of urgency necessary for the preservation of places unseen and unheard.
Blizzard at Jack’s Hut in Eastern Antarctica, sound excerpt by Philip Samartzis
through restraining cables, sound excerpt by Philip Samartzis
Blizzard at Casey Station in Eastern Antarctica, sound excerpt by Philip Samartzis