Earth Water Sky In Conversation

Diving into the Arts and the Science of Climate Change

In 2019 Emma Critchley, one of the world’s leading underwater artists, won the first Earth Water Sky residency award at Science Gallery Venice – the initiative of Ca Foscari University of Venice.  She has been in residency in Venice for two months, researching a new art work inspired by the Ice Memory Project led by Professor Carlo Barbante at Ca Foscari University of Venice.

To mark the end of the research and development phase of her residency, Emma will talk about her experience diving into the climatology and environmental science of the Ice Memory Project at the Natural History Museum in Venice at 5.30pm. There will be a Question and Answer session with the artist at the end of the talk and an opportunity to meet her afterwards.

This lecture will be one in which the artist will talk about her artistic research and development process alongside the research work of the scientists involved in the Ice Memory Project. The conversation will be moderated by Ariane Koek, creative producer and curator of Science Gallery Venice’s Earth Water Sky residency programme.

This investigation between art and science will happen at the Natural History Museum in Venice, which is holding the exhibition “Abissi” and a month-long series of workshops and studies about underwater photography.

Earth Water Sky Residency Programme

Earth Water Sky is Science Gallery Venice’s 3-year residency programme for artists interested in the environment and the latest in cutting-edge environmental knowledge. Every year, there is a world-wide open call for artists from any art form – digital arts, painting, sculpture, dance, performance, music, multimedia, video, film, photography, writing, drawing – to apply for a 2 month fully-funded residency in Venice. The winning artist/s works with leading scientists from Ca’ Foscari University and the Veneto region. The next open call will be end of October 2019.

The 3 year Residency programme is fully funded by  Fondation Didier et Martine Primat

The Ice Memory Project

In the first year of the competition Emma Critchley, the selected winning artist, is working with Professor Carlo Barbante and his team at Ca’ Foscari  University of Venice who work on the international Ice Memory project. This extraordinary scientific endeavour is building a library of ice cores drilled from endangered glaciers all around the world.  From the ice cores and the air bubbles trapped in the ice which can be dated in some instances as far back as 18,000 BCE, scientists can reconstruct the Earth’s past climate and atmospheric composition. The library will form an invaluable record for future generations of climate change.

Emma Critchley

Emma Critchley has worked in oceans, swimming pools and lakes around the world for over 17 years, creating extraordinary and poetic films, photographs and installations about nature, water and our relationship with it.

Free participation upon registration, subject to availability.
Registration to the event is available here!

In collaboration with
DVRI - Distretto Veneziano Ricerca e Innovazione
Museo di Storia Naturale di Venezia

Creative Development Partners
CSC – Centro per la Scena Contemporanea
Y-40 The Deep Joy

Funded by
Fondation Didier et Martine Primat

Photo Credit
Emma Critchley

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 17:30 to 18:30
Natural History Museum – ground floor, Santa Croce 1730, 30135 Venice (VE)