Highlighting the peril of our global icecaps, Cold Flux 2.0
if the melt is irreversible or whether
there is hope if we act now.
Cold Flux 2.0
is an online artwork created by artist Ben Cullen Williams
in collaboration with creative coder
and artist and musican Gaika
was on an expedition to Antarctica
with polar explorer Robert
, he filmed the
Larsen-B Ice shelf
that splintered off from the Antarctic peninsula
, and has been
In collaboration with Cronkite-Ratcliff
this content was used to train
machine learning algorithms to generate
the video landscapes which seemingly exist within a state of melting and freezing, forming and un-forming.
The resulting video is strange and uncanny, a familiar yet distant landscape, a prediction or a recording with
echoes of the sublime. Merging with this visual landscape is an AI-generated video of the surface of the sun
which is synthetic and uncertain. Cold Flux 2.0
presents to us new
digital materiality that is starting to exist
alongside our own, while exploring its relationship to the natural world.
Within the film, a slow tracking shot shows the sides of the icebergs, while the vast blocks of ice also move
within the visual narrative. Flowing and morphing in the frame, the imagery moves from the recognisable to the
indistinguishable. The camera looking at the sun is static, with the sun continually rotating within the
something seemingly impossible.
The user is invited to reflect while disrupting this landscape, fracturing and breaking it, allowing us to immediately question
the human relationship between nature and action.
Accompanying the video is a haunting audio track by British musician Gaika
. The track is delicate, yet strong,
digital but also human. Overall, Cold Flux 2.0
maps the complex
network between technology, environmental change
and our understanding of the world.`,
Artist: "Ben Cullen Williams",
Creative_coder: "Bryce Cronkite-Ratcliff",
Consultant: "Damien Henry",