Thursday, 13 February 2014

Nordenskiöld and The Ice Cap

Koester, Joachim

Nordenskiöld and The Ice Cap

The search of the Finnish-Swedish explorer Nils Nordenskiöld (1832-1901) for the temperate hidden heartland in the Greenland ice cap where Norse settlers were believed to have survived was conducted in expeditions during 1870 and 1873. Koester’s eponymous slide installation superimposes text fragments from Nordenskiöld's unpublished diaries on images of glacial landscapes.
14 slides are illustrated here, accompanied by two essays. The first essay, Of Reduction and Hyperbole by Lars Bang Larsen considers Koester’s ice narratology, and the second, Images Of Ice and Thought by Anders Kreuger needs no further explanation. The book concludes with a selection of pertinent quotations, some inevitable (Spufford) and some pleasantly surprising (Malevich, Pynchon).
Space Poetry: Copenhagen, 2005
Paperback, colour and black and white illustrations. 72 pages, 19.5 x 14 cm
ISBN 87-7603-034-2


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