Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
marking the UN IPCC’s 5th Assessment
Report on Climate Change
26–29 October 2014
City Hall Square, Copenhagen
Let’s transform climate knowledge into climate action.
Olafur Eliasson and Minik Rosing
Bruno Latour, from 'Agency at the time of the Anthropocene', 2014
Hyperobjects are nonlocal; in other words, any 'local manifestation' of a hyperobject is not directly the hyperobject. One only sees pieces of the hyperobject at any one moment.
While hyperobjects are near, they are also very uncanny. Some days global warming fails to heat me up. It is strangely cool and violently stormy. My intimate sensation of prickling heat at the back of my neck is only a distorted print of the hot hand of global warming. I do not feel 'at home' in the biosphere. Yet it surrounds me and penetrates me, like the force in Star Wars. The more I know about global warming, the more I realise how pervasive it is. The more I discover about evolution, the more I realise how my entire physical being is caught in its meshwork. The more I struggle to understand hyperobjects, the more I discover that I am stuck to them. They are all over me. They are me.
Timothy Morton, in Hyperobjects, University of Minnesota, 2013
'You are right to be scared,' said the boy, 'but look, I kick my heel into the ice and it makes no mark and neither your claw. I tell you this iceberg is a mountain of glass. We shall stand on it together all the way to paradise.'
'But the water is getting warmer every day.'
'It is too hard a thing to melt.'
But bear did not look so certain.
Jonathan Ledgard, from a forthcoming children's story about an iceberg slipping down the planet from the North Pole to the Equator
Video: Minik Rosing
Ice weight: 100 tonnes
Origin: The Nuup Kangerlua fjord outside Nuuk, Greenland
Transport: In four refrigerated containers on a containership from Nuuk to Denmark
Support: Ice Watch is made possible through support from Realdania. Responding to climate change is an important part of the association’s philanthropic engagement.
Ice Watch is being carried out upon invitation from the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Building.
Ice Watch is realised in collaboration with Sharing Copenhagen 2014.
Olafur Eliasson, b. 1967:
Eliasson’s work spans from photography and film to sculpture, installation, and architecture. Established in 1995, his Berlin studio today numbers about 85 craftsmen, architects, and art historians.
Minik Thorleif Rosing, b. 1957:
Professor of geology at the Natural History Museum, Copenhagen University. He has participated in the geological exploration of Greenland and is world famous for having backdated the origin of life on Earth by several hundred million years.
Studio Olafur Eliasson: Martin Enoch Hansen
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Natural History Museum, Copenhagen: Rikke Sanderhoff Mørch
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What is the IPCC? (PDF)
IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
United Nations and Climate Change
UN Climate Change Newsroom
NASA Global Climate Change
Danish Meteorological Institute
Eliasson and Minik on Ice Watch (video in Danish)
Chasing Ice - A film by Jeff Orlowski
Bruno Latour, 'Telling Friends from Foes in the Age of the Anthropocene' (PDF)
Bruno Latour, 'Agency at the Time of the Anthropocene' (PDF)