Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Back to the Future

Magazine article The Spectator

CULTURE NOTES - Back to the Future

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High Arctic, the inaugural exhibition in the newly opened Sammy O fer wing at the National Maritime Museum , Greenwich (until 13 January), brings a thoroughly 21st-century, technology-driven museum experience to this historic site. It's an exhibition, Jim, but not as we know it.

In 2010 Matt Clark, creative director of the art and design practice UVA, joined an expedition of artists and scientists to the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard.

High Arctic, which he describes as 'a monument to an Arctic past set 100 years into the future', is a response to this trip; an attempt to address, in a non-preachy way, the issue of man's impact on the environment.

Housed in a chilly 820 sq metre subterranean gallery space, the exhibition is an immersive, multisensory experience that uses a mix of sound, light and sculptural forms to summon up an abstracted Arctic landscape. …

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