Music: Paul Fletcher. Scientific data: Australian Antarctic Division, University of Technology Sydney. Animation: Lisa Roberts. 2020


When I left high School
I lived with my grandmother
(my father's mother, Norah).
Her house was near Melbourne University
where I was studying arts.
Her house was quiet, not like home.

Another student lived with us,
David Carter, 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 a quiet white space
- a nothingness.

Last year we met up again.
In Sydney. He spoke about the silence
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.

He described something
of the silence I found briefly
in Antarctica.
It was out of this world.

He described his experience
of "nothingness" in Antarctica:
Back straight.
Eyes skyward.
Arms wide.
A cross.

Lisa Roberts, 2021


We loved each other
Getting my mother's sewing machine

Amelia Hair-Heart
The adventurous guinea-pig
Antarctic ice
Seeding Treaty
Indigenous and Western art and science meet

Antarctic Heritage
Krill mating
Beauty that Was
Past and present life and death
Southern Ocean Wrack
The sea in my blood
Growing and Sharing Knowledge
Animating conversation
Art from Climate Science
Data for action


Mind Map