Visual Arts Research Bill Zuk University of Victoria Figure 1. Bill Zuk, 2011. Opal Ice [Print]. I was inspired to create a video about the Arctic because it gave me an opportunity to reconnect with teaching in Canada's High Arctic among the Inuit people. Some of these experiences focused on bringing youth and elders together to share cultural knowledge in mutually supportive situations (Zuk, 2007). I was also motivated by the call for a/r/tography submissions allowing me an opportunity to present my studio work and collaboration with a videographer as living inquiry. This involved being on-site, sketching, and on various field trips while capturing the raw beauty and fragility of a remote area of the world undergoing sweeping changes. Rising temperatures and melting ice are beginning to drastically affect people's © 2012 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois Visual Arts Research Winter 2012 lives; nations are vying for sovereignty and trade routes through northern waters; economic development is intensifying in the quest for oil and gas and gold. Where there was once silence and sanctity, there is now noise and broken earth. The video I am Arctic (Zuk & Gilson, 2011) is slow-paced, poetic,
Visual Arts Research – University of Illinois Press
Published: Feb 21, 2012
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