surround audio installation & 2-channel album
Surrounded by the Chuckchi Sea, near the northern tip of Alaska, is Sarichef Island. This small strip of land has gained worldwide attention as being one of the most dramatic examples of the effects of global climate change, as it is literally disappearing into the sea due to accelerated melting of the protective sea ice and permafrost, exposing it to advanced weather erosion. In 2002, the Iñupiat community of Sarichef island voted to relocate to the mainland of Alaska, after considerable engineering efforts to slow the erosion had little impact.
While news reports have focussed on the dramatic imagery of homes falling into the ocean and portraits of residents, PERIMETER:SARICHEF looks outward to the sea itself and the eroding definitions between ground, ocean and horizon.