Touching the Rumble of Melting | 觸摸融化的喧囂

“When the glaciers begin to melt the earth trembles at the gushing vehemence of engorged rivers. Water is thrashed out of the ocean and thrown in the air, whole fields of water are blown out of lakes.”

by Roni Horn


“Touching the Rumble of Melting” 16mm film installation reflects on my journey to the Arctic Circle where I experienced heart-pounding emotions when a seemingly serene Arctic landscape collapsed, abruptly. The iceberg images I had taken were collaged onto the soundtrack of 16mm film.

After the “optical soundtrack” of the film projector transforms the iceberg images into audio, the sound is again converted into vibration frequency by the tactile speakers. The speakers are attached to an aluminum plate and produce rumbling sounds and vibrations in response to the iceberg images. As the whole film installation moves with the smallest of stimuli, this reflects how the global environment intertwines with the fragile polar landscape.

In addition, the collage on the soundtrack also includes the iceberg image from the French silent fantasy film “The Conquest of the Pole ” directed by Georges Méliès (1912) which was made during the period of the Heroic Age of Polar Exploration. The vibration frequency from the installation juxtaposing early fictional imagination and the modern polar expedition echoes over 100 years of human intervention in the polar region.





另外,拼貼的影像裡也包含了1912年,由喬治·梅里葉(Georges Méliès)執導的無聲科幻電影《北極征服記》(The Conquest of the Pole)裡的冰山道具,此片創作於極地探險英雄時代(Heroic Age of Polar Exploration),參雜著虛構和真實冰山的裝置震動頻率,是過去超過100年期間,人類在極地區域的探險活動的迴盪聲響。

Work Info

  • Title: Touching the Rumble of Melting
  • Year: 2022
  • Medium: 16mm film leader, 16mm film projector, sound mixer, tactile speakers, photo prints, aluminum sheet.
  • Dimensions: Size variable


  • 作品名稱:觸摸融化的喧囂
  • 年份:2022
  • 材質:16毫米透明膠片、 16毫米投影機、混音器、觸覺傳感器、鋁板
  • 尺寸:尺寸依場地而定

Exhibition History

  • MONO NO AWARE 16th Cinema Arts Festival

Special Thanks To

  • MONO NO AWARE and Foundation for Contemporary Arts