A real highlight of our expedition to Antarctica was camping out on the ice with a team of scientists/divers at Cape Evens. And a highlight of that highlight was when we dropped a GoPro down one of the dive holes to get a glimpse of the world under the 2m thick sea ice.
Little did I know that seconds before I pulled the camera up a Weddell Seal cruised by to check out the rope (this footage has been edited because it sat on the bottom doing very little for a while).
Earlier that day Warren had dropped a hydrophone down the hole to reveal the constant chatter of the seals – wait until you hear what he captured! The background audio on this pales in comparison.
The divers cut a hole through the ice using a “heat drill” and park a modified shipping container over the hole to give them a sheltered work area.
After three days of planning, weighing, rationalising and packing our gear is just sneaking in under the 25.5kg weight limit for flying to Scott Base in Antarctica. Not everything has made the final cut but most has. A huge proportion of this mountain is batteries because the life of batteries plummets dramatically in such cold conditions.
Exploring and celebrating 60 years of Scott Base, this project aims to connect new audiences with Antarctica by allowing them to experience the life and work at Scott Base through the eyes of the scientists, explorers and personnel that have been there. Details of the project outputs will evolve over the course of the project but are likely to involve multi-channel immersive video instillation, photography and other online videos.
The working title of the project is “Antarctica: 60 shades of white”. Watch for the hash tag #60shadesofwhite on my Twitter feed
This project will be the subject for my MDes project at Massey University’s School of Design for the next two years and many other outputs beyond that I’m sure. Details of exactly when and how long I ‘m going to The Ice so watch this space for more detail.
I have set up a project page on the site where I will document progress.
Make/Use explores what might occur if we consider not only the aesthetic of the garments we wear, but also the way we use them and the waste we create when we make them. This video was designed to accompany an exhibition of the garments and demonstrates the way the garments are formed (with zero waste)
Video crew: Jason O’Hara (Creative Director, DOP, Lighting, Post), Monish Patel (Design, Camera & Post), Hannah Dellow (Dancer/Model – Kirsty Bunny Management), Willis York (Hair), Elise MacMillan (Makeup) and Evoke (Music – Bittersweet ft Bijou. Frequent remix)
Thanks to Make/Use Team, Holley McQuillan (Garments), Greta Menzies (Textile), Jen Archer-Martin (Space), Emma Fox Derwin (Object), Jo Bailey (Graphic), Karl Kane (Graphic) and Bonny Stewart MacDonald (Stills Photography)