At once playful and deeply expressive, Under Polaris confronts head-on the tension between primal nostalgia and modern technological optimism. In this mix of projected animation, live theater and electronic music, Cloud Eye Control charts an epic journey across a vast arctic expanse — a sublime icebound landscape illuminated under the ethereal lights of the Northern sky.

At the center of Under Polaris is the quest to preserve, inside pristine shards of ice at the top of the world, a seed containing the wealth of all human history: a back-up system for our genetic imprint and the sum total of our personal memories. In this excerpt, our protagonist embarks by boat for mysterious arctic lands.

Originally co-commissioned by and presented at REDCAT and the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), 2009.

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