there there

(2015) ice, ice cream, concrete sidewalk, digital video, 6-minute loop

there there contemplates the weight of spilled ice cream against the weight of carbon emissions through the words of Gertrude Stein and the wisdom of milk-spilling generations.

Ice is the medium through which Earth's atmosphere records its long history

Ice is the material whose shift from solid to liquid to gas is most observable to humans.

Concrete is the main medium through which humans construct their infrastructure.

Concrete is the main medium whose fabrication releases a gas that is rapidly changing Earth's atmosphere.

  1. One summer, spill your ice cream on the sidewalk.
  2. Every summer, worry about the preciousness of the water in my tears.
  3. Teeter between frustration and apathy, as you try to pick yourself up.

Created for the Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH as part of the mobile exhibition "Everywhere is Here"