Belenius

Bigert & Bergström — The Freeze

16.01—14.02.2016

On 16 January, the artist duo Bigert & Bergström open their exhibition The Freeze at Belenius/Nordenhake in Stockholm. The exhibtion
documents the artists’ rescue action to preserve the southern peak of Mount Kebnekaise, a glacier that has been continuously melting for several decades, which has now come to threaten its status as Sweden’s highest point.

A sculptural weather station with four video monitors showcases the work, from the swaddling of the mountain peak in reflective gold fabric, to the path of the meltwater as it descends into one of the world’s biggest mines deep underground. The core work of the exhibition, “Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise,” is a full-scale replica of the covered mountain peak, but split down the middle so that visitors can walk through it and discover the segmented interior of the glacier, of which only a shell remains.

In addition, there is a memorial sculpture of the southern peak as it looked in 2014, in reflective stainless steel. Alongside these sculptures, one of the artist duo’s Inverted Space Molecules – with spherical 360° panorama pictures from Kebnekaise – is presented. Also on show is a new series of photographic glass montages with material from the project of blanketing the peak.

“The rapid melting of the southern peak was front-page news in the summer of 2014,” Bigert & Bergström say. “If it continues at the same pace, the peak will no longer be Sweden’s highest point. Our intervention to prevent the glacier’s melting is a symbolic geo-engineering performance that represents humanity’s ability to change the climate for better or for worse.”

The Freeze is the third in a series of exhibitions in which Bigert & Bergström investigate mankind’s desire to control the climate, the weather and their own living conditions through geo-engineering. Previous exhibitions in the series include The Storm (2012) and The Drought (2013).

Installation view
Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, 2015, Climate screen shade cloth, styrofoam, jesmonite, steel frame, paraffin, nylon strings, birch wood sticks, 670x330x180 cm
Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, 2015, 4 channel video, HD, 3-17 min. loops, LED-screens, HD video players, cord, cable, steel, concrete, 80x320x80cm, edition of 3
Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, 2015, Climate screen shade cloth, styrofoam, jesmonite, steel frame, paraffin, nylon strings, birch wood sticks, 670x330x180 cm
Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, 2015, UV-printed photo on three-layer glass and aluminum, 160x110x6 cm, unique
Installation view second room
Explosion Sketch, 2015, UV-printed photo on three-layer glass and aluminum, 75x50x6 cm, unique
Tarfala Obelisk, 2015, UV-printed photo on three-layer glass and aluminum, 75x50x6 cm, unique
Sunshine Recorder, 2015, 90 Minutes of Sun, 23 June 2015, Kebnekaise, Brass, crystal glass, paper, 29x19x17 cm, unique
70 cm from not being the highest point in Sweden Kebnekaise (2097,5 m measured on 27 Aug, 2014), 2015, Mirror polished stainless steel, 210x110x70 cm, edition of 3
Installation view
Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise, 2015, UV-printed photo on vinyl foil, Acrylic spheres, low energy lights,110x135x35 cm, edition of 3
Installation view third room