Minute algae in water and alveoli (air sacks) in our lungs may seem remote from the vast Antarctic sea ice and yet these systems are interconnected. Algae produce the oxygen we breathe. Sea ice production maintains global overturning circulation of the ocean that replenishes life. In the animation, the rhythmic pattern of breath is reflected in the annual contraction and expansion of Antarctic sea ice.
Data: Climate Change Cluster, University of Technology, Sydney; Australian Antarctic Division, Tasmania; Nicholas Kiraly (Royal Hobart Hospital, Tasmania)
Music: Sophie Green
Dancers: Margaret Bowman, Catherine Magill, Lisa Roberts
Animation: Lisa Roberts
Compilation made for Whip It Sydney performance, curated by Catherine Magill. Saturday 29 October 2011.