Requiem for a Glacier

Paul Walde

January 6 - February 10, 2017

Requiem for a Glacier

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January 6 - February 10, 2017

Reception: January 6, 2017 6-9pm

With the support of the Near North Mobile Media Lab, The WKP Kennedy is pleased to present BC-based artist Paul Walde's multi-channel video and sound installation, Requiem for a Glacier. The installation portrays striking panoramic video footage of a 70-piece orchestra and choir performing a musical composition at the top of a sunlit glacier amidst the mountain landscape of British Columbia’s interior. The work speaks to the issue of climate change, and stands as a protest against a proposed ski resort development project which was planned to be materialized on the fragile and receding Jumbo Glacier. The glacier is situated in the heart of sacred land which Ktunaxa First Nation names Qat’muk, meaning ‘home of the Grizzly Bear Spirit’. The musical score for the performance was composed by Paul Walde, using data from Environment Canada to incorporate scientific evidence of rising temperatures in the glacial ice within the building tension of the oratorio. The concert is performed for the landscape itself, with the glacier as its primary audience member. The project involved approximately 100 volunteers and plenty of mountain climbing to move this ambitious concert up the mountainside to be performed on the slope of Farnham Glacier, near in proximity to Jumbo Glacier. The proposed resort development project was stopped in June of 2016.

http://requiemforaglacier.com/
http://www.paulwalde.com/
http://www.keepitwild.ca/

A big Thank You to Near North Mobile Media Lab for their generous support.

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