An audio slideshow created for a performance curated by the Long Now Foundation at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, in San Francisco, on the theme of "Quiet" on May 28, 2011.

The photographs and video clips are sequenced around a sound piece I assembled from field recordings from a February 2011 trip I took with Alexander Rose, of the Long Now Foundation, to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. This incidental soundtrack included natural and man-made sound both inside and outside the vault, across a remote arctic landscape.

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, high in the Arctic, stores the world's largest collection of crop seeds in a location chosen to survive the worst-case scenarios of climate change and global catastrophe. It is an exemplary site of extreme duration, infrastructure, sustainability – a potential 'restart' for society, and life, on Earth.

This theme-specific performance at the YBCA is part of a larger research and extrapolative project based on fieldwork and interventions on Spitsbergen Island, part of the Svalbard Archipelago, by myself and collaborating artists: Annesofie Norn (Berlin) and Signe Lidén (Bergen).

An intermission piece featured ambience (again incidental) of the supersonic airspace of the Mojave desert – the sounds between the sonic booms – from my Sonic Boom Archive project (2005-07) that consisted of an 18-month autonomous recording session of the most active boomscape in the world, the R-2508 airspace.

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