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Cape Farewell - Disko Bay

  • Date: 30 September 2008
  • Artform: All, Music, Visual arts
  • Area: London, National
KT Tunstall on the high seas during the Cape Farewell 2008 expedition. Photo: Nathan Gallagher/Cape Farewell KT Tunstall on the high seas during the Cape Farewell 2008 expedition. Photo: Nathan Gallagher/Cape Farewell, KT Tunstall on the high seas during the Cape Farewell 2008 expedition. Photo: Nathan Gallagher/Cape Farewell

On 25 September 2008, a 40 strong crew of artists and scientists set sail on Cape Farewell’s Disko Bay expedition to the west coast of Greenland, returning 12 days later on the 6 October.

Among this eclectic crew there were 10 musicians (including KT Tunstall, Martha Wainwright and Jarvis Cocker), two architects, two oceanographers, a ceramicist and a comedian.

The ambition of the expedition was to inspire the creative team to respond to climate change in the Arctic and on their return. Cape Farewell is an Arts Council funded organisation that pioneers the cultural response to climate change.

It works with artists, scientists and communicators, and brings them together to produce art based in scientific research and findings. This was the organisation’s seventh expedition and took place upon the science research vessel Grigory Mikheev, travelling along the west coast of Greenland from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay.

The boat then voyaged across the front of the Jakobshavn Glacier; one of Greenland’s largest glaciers moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice everyday.

'The experience of this voyage is such a visual and sensory feast that its impressions will certainly influence people’s work.'
Sunand Prasad

'Ryuichi had told us when he played his recording of an underground glacial stream that it was the most beautiful sound he had ever heard. The sound of water that was frozen solid before human beings even existed, heard for the first time, unspoilt, no particles of plastic. Baby water. Old as the earth.'
KT Tunstall

'It was really hard to imagine what it was going to be like spending 10 days with such an eclectic mix of artists and scientists. What was clear from the beginning though, was the positive energy end enthusiasm of the group, the sense of urgency and ‘mission’ that everybody shared, and the spontaneous discussions on climate change and politics that sparked at any occasion.'
Francesca Galeazzi

To find out more about Cape Farewell and view images, footage and blogs by the artists and scientists on the Disko Bay expedition, please visit www.capefarewell.com