Creative Climate Awards, Ice Floe: Dancing on Arctic Ice

On October 5,2014, Jody Sperling screened her dance performance, “Ice Floe” at the SUBMERGE! NYC Marine Science Festival in partnership with HII. During her 43-day residency abroad with the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy, Sperling experienced the unique relationship between climate science, the human body and art. Sperling expresses the ice’s movement and biological makeup through her hand-painted custom and dance performance. The arctic is one of the geographical landscapes most significantly impacted by climate change; Sperling stated, “This ice, I danced on just months ago, is no longer there.”

To watch Sperling’s full video online, visit her website

The screening was accompanied by a lecture with Dr. Larry Pratt of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

As an official part of Climate Week NYC and in partnership with Positive Feedback and Artbridge, the Human Impacts Institute’s Fourth Annual Creative Climate Call to Action brings together the visual arts, performance art, and film to install climate-inspired public works throughout New York City. In an effort to inspire people to think more critically about our actions and their impacts, The Creative Climate Awards program uses creativity to broaden the climate conversation, inspire action, and to combine art and education with diverse climate themes.

See the entire lineup of events for the Creative Climate Awards.

By Alison Schuettinger, 2014 Education Intern, Human Impacts Institute

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