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Live screening of The Matter of the Soul | Symphony, followed by Q&A with artist Kat Austen

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  • Live event
  • Time: 6pm, duration 1.5 hours
  • Venue: Crowdcast (join live; register in advance for a reminder).
  • Free

The Matter of the Soul is a music, video, installation and performance work. It engenders empathy with the process of dispersal and transformation in the Arctic. The work draws an analogy between human migration, the movement of water from ice to ocean in the Arctic and changing identity online.

Compositions for The Matter of the Soul are based around field recordings of the different acidity and salinity of Arctic waters using pH and conductivity meters that have been adapted through circuit bending to generate sound during the process of measurement, combined with footage and snippets of interviews taken in the Arctic. The recordings were made during as part of Kat Austen’s Friends of the Scott Polar Research Institute Artist in Residence project.

The Matter of the Soul has been supported by Friends of Scott Polar Research Institute, Bonhams, One Ocean Expeditions, Ice Alive, Mettler Toledo, Chemistry Department at UCL and the Cultural Institute at University of Leeds.

Read more about the work on Kat Austen’s website.

This talk is part of the Polar Museum public events series.

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