The Freeze
Belenius/Nordenhake, Stockholm


On 16 January, the artist duo Bigert & Bergström open their exhibition The Freeze at Belenius/Nordenhake in StockholmThe exhibition documents the artists’ rescue action to preserve the southern peak of Mount Kebnekaise, a glacier that has been continuously melting for several decades, which has now come to threaten its status as Sweden’s highest point.

A sculptural weather station with four video monitors showcases the work, from the swaddling of the mountain peak in reflective gold fabric, to the path of the melt-water as it descends into one of the world’s biggest mines deep underground. The core work of the exhibition, “Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise,” is a full-scale replica of the covered mountain peak, but split down the middle so that visitors can walk through it and discover the segmented interior of the glacier, of which only a shell remains.

In addition, there is a memorial sculpture of the southern peak as it looked in 2014, in reflective stainless steel. Alongside these sculptures, one of the artist duo’s Inverted Space Molecules – with spherical 360° panorama pictures from Kebnekaise – is presented. Also on show is a new series of photographic glass montages with material from the project of blanketing the peak.

“The rapid melting of the southern peak was front-page news in the summer of 2014,” Bigert & Bergström say. “If it continues at the same pace, the peak will no longer be Sweden’s highest point. Our intervention to prevent the glacier’s melting is a symbolic geo-engineering performance that represents humanity’s ability to change the climate for better or for worse.”

The Freeze is the third in a series of exhibitions in which Bigert & Bergström investigate mankind’s desire to control the climate, the weather and their own living conditions through geo-engineering. Previous exhibitions in the series include The Storm (2012) and The Drought (2013).


Bigert & Bergström. The Freeze, 2015. Exhibition catalogue.


Photos: Jean-Baptiste Béranger
Front: "Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise." Climate screen shade cloth, styrofoam, jesmonite, steel frame, paraffin, nylon strings, birch wood sticks, 670 x 330 x 180 cm. Back: "Video / Weather Station." Four-channel video, LED screens, HD video players, cord, cable, steel, concrete, HD video, seventeen minutes, 320 x 80 x 80 cm
Left: "The Meltdown." UV-printed photo on three-layer glass and aluminum, 151 x 31 x 6 cm. Right: "Rescue Party." UV-printed photo on three-layer glass and aluminium, 50 x 75 x 6 cm
Left: "Tarfala Obelisk" and "Kabnekaise South Peak Exploded View." Middle: Sunshine Recorder." Right: "Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise"
Left: "Tarfala Obelisk." Right: "Kabnekaise South Peak Exploded View." Both: UV-printed photo on three-layer glass and aluminium, 50 x 75 x 6 cm
"Sunshine Recorder. 90 Minutes of Sun, 23 June 2015, Kebnekaise." Brass, crystal glass, paper, 29 x 19 x 17 cm
"70 cm From Not Being the Highest Point in Sweden. " Mirror-polished stainless steel, 70 x 210 x 110 cm
"Rescue Blanket for Kebnekaise." UV-printed photo on vinyl foil, acrylic spheres, low energy light, 110 x 135 x 35 cm

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