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Occupy London 13/01/2012

January 14, 2012

It was incredibly cold at St. Paul’s today, and the variety of meetings taking place, which means sitting down – a lot – doesn’t do much for the circulation.  As a consequence even the corporate refuse-niks fled to Starbucks, in the gaps between meetings, for a temporary warm up and cuppa.

We’ve got a very full weekend and the event described by our press team, which I’ve reproduced below, looks interesting, especially in view of the weather forecast ! Will hope my camera batteries cope with the temperature………..

“As Occupy London waits to hear the High Court judgement decision about the future of the occupation at St Paul’s, tomorrow (Saturday 14 January) at 2pm there will be a very special event take place by the steps of St Paul’s.

Highlighting the fragility and importance of the occupation and its causes of social, economic and environmental justice, visitors will get to see the moving spectacle of a single piece of melting Arctic ice which has been donated by KryoLab, an installation and performance that brings together bioart, ice sculpture and sound, in an investigation of delicate relationships in the Arctic ecosystem.

Having been stored in a freezer for two years since its last interactive art exhibitions in 2009 – at The State Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece) and at Rondo Gallery (Katowice, Poland), the 49kg block of ice (about the size of a suitcase) is about to go on a freezer-strike in solidarity with the occupy movement, which it is hoped will remind people how close our society and the environment are to the brink, but also send a message that we still have time to avoid falling over the edge

KryoLab artists, Anna Dumtriu (UK), Antti Tenetz (Finland) and Dave Lawrence have been guardians of the ice for the last two years, and some of them will be present at the OccupyLSX from 2pm onwards. Artists, poets, storytellers and experts will join them to explain the reality and evoke the beauty of this wild place including (Dave Lawrence from KryoLab), Pete the temp and poet Catherine Brogan plus performance by Iodine teater.

There will be the chance to touch the Arctic Ice and feel it melt in your hands. Members of the public will be invited to record their feelings and thoughts.

At 6.30pm, something special will happen to the ice, and those responsible for its melting will be brought into question.”



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One Comment
  1. Gillian Booth permalink

    If I could be there to lay my hands on the ice, I would cry and hope that my tears, frozen to the block, could be the spring of hope I feel by being part of Occupy. What a moving idea. Love to you all. Gill

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