Dawn of the Anthropocene: Livestream melting ice sculpture Sept. 21

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An artistic intervention on the occasion of the Peoples’ Climate March and the Climate Summit  (New York City). This event has now ended. See below for the time lapse.

On September 21, 2014, artists Nora Ligorano and Marshall Reese present Dawn of the Anthropocene a large-scale ice sculpture of the words “The Future.” The sculpture is 21 feet long, 5 feet high and weighs 2000 pounds. It will melt throughout the day taking anywhere from 8 to 24 hours to disappear.

The artists call these events “temporary monuments” filming and photographing them throughout the process of their disappearance. They stream the sculpture’s transformation live on the website meltedaway to expand the site specificity of it. The website becomes an expanded documentary incorporating internet, video interviews, photography and text allowing viewers off-site to experience the piece in a multiplicity of ways.

This use of media has been an integral part of Ligorano Reese’s temporary monuments from their inception drawing on the sculpture event’s performative character and taking inspiration from Josef Beuy’s concept of “social sculpture.” Dawn of the Anthropocene will be the first temporary monument to offer the video stream to other websites as an embedded feed. The artists are using an array of social media platforms to present the event live including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and Instagram, which is also available for embedding.

The artists will offer short-term writers’ residencies during the event for journalists, poets, and essayists, and an open mic will also be provided so that the writers and general public can share their views on the climate during the livestream each hour, on the hour.  All media is posted on the meltedaway website at the end of the process in order to form an accessible archive of this public action in the service of climate justice and safeguarding our ecosystems.

Text by Marshall Reese, Nora Ligorano and Todd Lester.

Todd Lester is an associate producer of the event for Cities for People, Art & Society Team.  Just last week Todd worked together with Musagetes and the Art & Society Team of Cities for People to pilot the Artist Round Table (A.R.T.) approach with Mark Prier.  Prier's artistic practice elicits dialogue on the environment, sustainability, the climate and ecological concerns broadly.

Time lapse video: