LunarTime

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LUNAR TIME:
Living Data Library


S T O R Y
E V O L V I N G
2020
Nothingness
Antarctic ice
2019
Seeding treaty
Indigenous and Western art and science meet

2019
Antarctic heritage
Krill mating
2019
Beauty that was
Past and present life and death
2017
Southern Ocean Wrack
The sea in my blood
2016
Growing and sharing knowledge
Animating conversation
2013
Art from climate science
Data for action
Nothingness 2020. Animation: Lisa Roberts. Music: Paul Fletcher. Scientific data: Australian Antarctic Division, University of Technology Sydney.

Story

Lisa Roberts (Sydney, 2008):

When I left high School I lived with my grandmother. Her house was close to Melbourne University where I was studying arts. Her house was quiet, not like home. Another student lived with us, David Carter, who was writing a thesis after wintering in Antarctica. He had lived for months on a glacier, collecting data to analyse. When he talked about Antarctica I imagined it a quiet white space - a nothingness. Last year we met up again and he talked about Antarctica. He spoke of the silence he found there and how he valued that still. He reminded me of how we first met, nearly 40 years ago, in the icy silence of my grandmother's house. David's words reminded me of the silence I found briefly in Antarctica. It was out of this world. As David described his experience of nothingness in Antarctica, his back straightened and his eyes looked skywards while his arms described a horizontal line. These lines of motion expressed through his body suggested the shape of a cross. The dots, lines and shapes of the animation, Nothingness, reflect my encounters with David Carter.

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