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November 13, 2011

If you are near London or can hop a flight in that direction before January 13th, stop by the National Maritime Museum to see their innovative exhibit, “High Arctic: Future Visions of a Receding World.” I’ve already booked my flight!

The website explains the motivation behind the exhibit:

It’s 2100 AD and the Arctic landscape we once took for granted has changed forever. How will we choose to remember our Arctic past? Is it possible to travel somewhere that no longer exists? Set in one of many possible futures High Arctic conveys the scale, beauty and fragility of our unique Arctic environment through an immersive installation which fills the entire 820m2 gallery space. Intended to be a future vision of a receding world, it encourages us to question our relationship with the world around us.

Unlike most museum displays, there are “no touchscreens, no static photographs, and no panels with text: instead High Arctic is a genuinely immersive, responsive environment.” I’m excited to see what visions of the Arctic are incorporated into the project and what, if any, hope for the northern pole is offered. This is another project that has come out of the Cape Farewell initiative, which I’ve mentioned previously.

(From the National Maritime Museum)

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