Touch base

Connecting arctic research stations through long exposure photography

Touch base is a cross-over art and science project in which analogue long exposure recordings will be created in collaboration with Arctic science stations. By exploring and sharing innovative panorama imagery, we will connect a general audience with arctic science, art and design.

Technique
We can record a longer period of time in one still image frame through solargraphy. The sun writes her track every day – when visible – onto the light sensitive photo paper inside a specially designed camera obscura. The arctic region is a perfect location for this as in the summertime the sun never sets below the the horizon.

Poetry of science
The resulting imagery resonate the timeless mystical aura of the arctic landscape, her difficult acces and history and future. The sun is a perfect symbol for the effects of time, climate and human activity on this pristine wilderness. We are all connected through the light of day and the dark of night.

Keywords
science meets art • science outreach   arctic

CREATIVE RESULTS



Save Our Souls
, a photo object
Extreme long exposure photographs of nine research locations in the arctic celebrate a global science community sharing knowledge from some of the most extreme and remote places on earth. The photos are presented as an S.O.S. morse code. Scientists working at these arctic stations warn us that our times may change faster than we can handle. Facts and feelings unite us in our efforts to take care of our planet.

Archive of images
Over 25 arctic scientists participated in placing and retrieving long exposure cameras in remote places in the far north. The slide show below will be growing over the coming weeks, please come back for updates.

Music & product
Some of the images will be adopted by renowned artists Quinsin Nachoff (Soprano Saxophone/Composer) & Nathalie Bonin (violin) for their new project album Pivotal Arc.
We are researching a translation to moving images of the S.O.S. photo object.

EXHIBIT  Touch Base is participating in the following events & products
• 2020.04.13-30 ARCTIC MAKES, Ural State University of Architecture and Art, Ekaterinburg, Russia
• 2020.02.06-09 Rotterdam Photo,  Rotterdam, the Netherlands
• 2019.12.06 Participating project in 
Fair International Cultural Cooperation – Climate Change, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
• 2019.12 /2020.03 solo exhibit at Hooghiemstra Art, Media & Business Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands

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Background
Touch Base is a direct follow up on a recent project that has proven to find a large audience connecting with solargraphy in the arctic.

Since 2015 I have been collaborating with scientist/arctic station manager Maarten Loonen on a long exposure photography project. The results are filed under Shapes of time and have proven it’s worth to science partners in helping to bring arctic science to a general audience. Shapes of time is still finding an audience today in exhibits, music performances, lectures, travels and an art book.

It became relevant to expand my ambitions to record images in a wider arctic region. We hope to include and touch base with as many arctic stations as possible and bring the results to a global audience.

Arctic stations & science projects involved • • • • • • • 


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Zackenberg Station Greenland logo
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Financial support • • • • • • •


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APECS early career scientists Touch base


Universities involved • • • • • • •


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university of turku





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Esther Kokmeijer
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