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 will be an 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 will work with leading scientists from Ca’ Foscari University and the Veneto region.
In the first year of the competition Emma Critchley, the selected winning artist, will be working with Professor Carlo Barbante and his team at Ca’ Foscari who work on the international Ice Memory project. This extraordinary scientific endeavour is building a library of ice from non-polar regions which will be stored in Antarctica comprised 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. It is an invaluable record of climate change.
Next year, the Ice Memory project goes to several destinations for expeditions and field trips for their research. Amongst several destinations, the major expedition will be to Mount Kilimanjaro's glaciers which is the last ice left in the African continent. Other destinations are e.g. field trips to the Alps.
The residency iis fully funded by Fondation Didier et Martine Primat.