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Brash Ice 02:11
Ice Core 01:27
Cosmic Rays 08:17
Sea Ice 02:51
Bubbles 06:32
Frozen Lake 03:14
Blizzard 13:41


From Eugene Ughetti
As Philip was preparing to leave for his second Australian Antarctic Division residency, he invited me to lunch to discuss the possibility of collaborating on a new work. He recounted his first experience on the ice, where the surrounding landscapes seemed to articulate avant-garde percussion works of an epic scale. On this visit, he wanted his field work to explicitly shape the formation of a new performance work with a particular focus on katabatic winds in and around Casey Base station.
Intrigued, I accepted the challenge provided I could create a live performance utilising the same recorded materials of ice, air and water. We undertook an ambitious collaboration with sound, instrument, lighting and industrial designers, a dramaturg and percussionist.

For Polar Force we built an environment, a white inflatable structure reminiscent of a remote research station on the ice. Emanating from outside the space come the complex and foreboding sounds of the natural environment, inside, a live event akin to scientific research in sound occurs. This hour-long performance installation work gives rise to a hyper-realistic sensing of Antarctica, bursting with natural beauty, power and the audible evidence of human impact. 


released October 15, 2021

Concept, Composition & Instrument Design - Eugene Ughetti

Direction - Clare Britton and Eugene Ughetti 

Field Recordings - Philip Samartzis

Performance - Matthias Schack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti

Lighting Design, Production & Technical Management - Keith Tucker
Sound + Audio + Instrument Design & Construction - Nick Roux 

Producer - Sheah Sutton

RMIT Industrial Design Atelier Leader & Air Consultant - Malte Wagen
Field Recording - Tilman Robinson and Philip Samartzis
Mixing - Michael Hewes and Eugene Ughetti
Mastering - Lachlan Carrick


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