Living Data

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that this program contains images and voices of deceased persons.

Living Data

Vast and minute scales


Lisa Roberts Vast and minute scales
Animation 2011
Data: Martina Doblin, Data Centre, Australian Antarctic Division; United States Geological Survey; Nicholas Kiraly
Music: Sophie Green
Dancers: Margaret Bowman, Catherine Magill, Lisa Roberts


Minute algae in water and alveoli (air sacks) in our lungs may seem remote from the vast Antarctic sea ice and yet these systems are interconnected. Algae produce the oxygen we breathe. Sea ice production maintains global overturning circulation of the ocean that replenishes life. In the animation, the rhythmic pattern of breath is reflected in the annual contraction and expansion of Antarctic sea ice.

Lisa Roberts

The animation was presented with improvised music, dance and drawing at Whip It Heffron Hall, Sydney, on Saturday 29 October 2011. Curator: Catherine Magill.