The Weather Device

Installation

2013

Unlike South Pole, North Pole is located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean amid waters that are almost permanently covered with constantly shifting sea ice, with low human occupancy and desolated landscape.This make it impractical to construct a permanent station at the North Pole. It is also among one of the most arid places on the earth that has the lowest human occupancy.

On the other side of the world, people hear its story via literature, newspaper, and beautiful words from poets’ hands. We admire its both purity and wilderness through photographs through media, checking up voyages outing there and dreaming about setting out a journey one day… People are trying all the way to reach it and demystify. Since 1937, the Soviet Union, and later Russia, have constructed a number of manned drifting stations on a generally annual basis, some of which have passed over or very close to the pole.

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However, the polar north landscape, are largely composed of the shifting ice bergs, which are large pieces of freshwater ice that has broken off a glacier floating freely in open water, never stay the same. Its transient state and massive energy flow making recording its oceanographic data hard to accomplish. Within different seasons through out the year, they freeze, cluster together especially in the Winter, and melt, disperse when Summer comes, thus limiting the passing ability of both cargoes and buoys used as drifting meteorology stations within the area. Then came the new type of transmitters called CTD-fluoro-SRDLs. These unique satellite tags, often 11 x 7 x 4cm in size, are attached to ringed seals, and provide all of the“standard” information, measure and transmit oceanographic data (salinity and temperature with a high level of precision) in the air.

The ringed seals that were tagged have moved far into the northern north measuring temperatures and salinities change with depth, often in ice-filled waters as the autumn and winter. The ringed seals are now routinely sending large quantities of near-real-time information via form of data beams with time intervals underwa- ter. The data collected by the ringed seals is placed online, where the British Oceanographic Data Centre picks it up each morning and sent to the met office. From here the oceanographic data collected by our ringed seals are picked up by operational forecasting centers around the world. It seems easy for us to get weather information at hand. However, the north pole we perceive, is not how it really is. Dumping into tons of informations everyday, we are unintentionally absorbing ”revised” messages and the north pole we recognize is only different ”versions” differentiate within each of us. The installation reconstructs the northern icebergs and ocean in a way that we can not see in common, which is another dimension of the real world reaching out to the further north.

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