This talk explores the complementary and multifaceted visual representations of Arctic ice, from the Victorian spectacle of the panorama to contemporary time-lapse photography. With this, Isabelle Gapp looks at how ice and glaciers have been depicted, documented, and presented within panoramic media over the past two centuries. In making tangible and visual an Arctic glaciological history, this talk does not simply seek to document ice loss but looks to the panorama as a means of communicating ice as a substance, an aesthetic sublime, and as an object of scientific study.
Isabelle Gapp is an Arts & Science Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Art History at the University of Toronto and an incoming Interdisciplinary Research Fellow in the Centre for Environment and Biodiversity at the University of Aberdeen. She writes and teaches at the intersection of landscape painting, environmental history, and climate change around the Circumpolar North from 1800 to the present day. Her book, A Circumpolar Landscape: Art and Environment in Scandinavia and North America, 1890-1930 is forthcoming from Lund Humphries in late 2023.
Last week's talk by Warren Bernauer is available to watch here.