by Keith Hartwig (MDes ’19)
This project will reveal the entanglement of cold-producing technologies and the climate/environment. It will highlight the precarious nature and absurdity of trying to preserve the cryo- sphere within “Arks of the Apocalypse” by bringing people into closer dialogue with the substance of the cryosphere itself: ice (Malia Wollan, “Arks of the Apocalypse,” New York Times, July 13, 2017). On May 8–10, 2018, a de-accessed ice core from the NSF-ICF will be publicly exhibited in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the exhibition, the ice, disconnected from its life-support system, will slowly melt. Following NSF protocol, meltwater from the core will be saved as an oxygen/hydrogen analytical standard.