World Without Ice - a multimedia installation

Mar 05, 2014 Bookmark and Share

Emeritus Professor of Geophysics Henry Pollack (co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleagues and Al Gore), and musicians and composers Michael Gould and Steven Rush have collaborated to create a multimedia exhibit that captures our planet’s precarious moment in global warming. The exhibit will run March 26--28, 12:00-7:30PM, Duderstadt Video Studio, University of Michigan.

Part science, part music, part art, the collaboration is a groundbreaking, multi-sensory experience that is thought provoking and compelling. Using photographs taken at both poles of our planet by Dr. Pollack and his team, an original composition written by Dr. Rush using whose patterns and structure are derived from 120 years of climate data, and an ice-melt actuated rhythm created by ten ice domes melting onto drums created by Dr. Gould, the exhibit creates a different space in which visitors can contemplate a warming planet.

Stephen Rush and Michael Gould have collaborated for many years. Water Blue was premiered at the Duderstadt Center at U-M, in Tokyo, Japan (2003) and then at the 2003 Percussive Arts Society International Conference in Louisville, KY. They also collaborated on Birth/Cry, a piece for video/electronics/French Horn and Percussion, which was premiered in Stockholm, Sweden, then performed many times in the USA.  As jazz performers Gould and Rush have performed over 500 times together, working in traditional and overtly modern traditions, including performing with sculpted instruments such as “wrenchophones”, computer-mitigated performances, and experimental sound structure.

The piece takes its inspiration from Dr. Pollack’s book on global warming, A World Without Ice. Using Pollack’s climate data, the music allows the listener to hear the large leaps in temperature, and the melting ice provides an immersive, beautiful, random companion sound. A film by multimedia artist Marion Traenkle used photographs of both poles by Pollack and his team to provide a stunning backdrop for the installation. Traenkle lives and works in Berlin, Germany. The installation informs and creates a unique opportunity for experience and discussion.

The Duderstadt Video Studio is located in the Duderstadt Center, 2281 Bonisteel Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI 48109. Reception desk: 734-763-3266. The studio will show the exhibit from 12:00-7:30PM.

For more information, please contact Michael Gould ( or 734-615-0215.