Melting Landscapes

05.2018 - Exhibition at ETH Zurich about the ever changing alpine landscapes.

Opening May 14th, 6pm
May 14th-18th, Main Entrance ETH Zurich


"Rapid ice melt has been profoundly shaping the alpine region in recent years. It has become an omnipresent and tangible phenomenon, and an iconic symbol of ongoing climate change. Over the past three years,the Chair of Landscape Architecture of Professor Christophe Girot and students of ETH Zurich have been documenting the melting landscapes of the Morteratsch glacier region. Using analogue photography as well as submersible contact microphones, some large- and middleformat photographs and sounds have been recorded. The impressive sounds of the moving ice mass contrast with the eerie silence of the black and white pictures. The selection of works shown in this exhibition turn the evanescent beauty of the glacier into a strong sensory experience; they thus become the meaningful witnesses of the rapid changes to come in the alpine landscape."
Professor Christophe Girot, 2018


The students from the ETH were equiped by ALPA for two expeditions during the last year. First they explored the Morteratsch Glacier and later a hydroelectric power plant in the Swiss Alps. They used the ALPA 12 SWA with the ALPA/Linhof Roll Film Back 120, mounted on the Triobal Tripod in combination with the ALPA GON Tripod Head. The students had the task to approach the glacier for two days and to give their personal reference to this landscape in a photographic and acoustic work. This involved the question of landscape perception and representation, on the other hand, the use of media.


The video below is the result of combining the photographic elements and the audio recordings of this research.




Links:
ALPA COMBINES ANALOGUE AND DIGITAL
Product page ALPA SWA
Product page ALPA GON
MELTING LANDSCAPES
Facebook-Site Institute of Landscape Architecture



Check the scanned images below from the expedition to the Morteratsch Glacier:


© Gokita/Weilun, ETH, 2017


© Mauser/Papadimitrou, ETH, 2017


© Girot, ETH, 2017


©Ritscher/Westerheide, 2017


© Kongshaug/Jacobsen, ETH, 2017


© Gokita/Weilun, ETH, 2017


© Girot, ETH, 2017


©Ritscher/Westerheide, ETH, 2017


© Girot, ETH, 2017

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