In the early 1970s I made a short film of dancer Andrew Morrish improvising in a vacant car park in Melbourne, Australia. I shot the film with a standard8 wind-up film camera and processed it by hand with a Russian 'OMO' tank. Then I drew over it frame-by frame to suggest his connection to that urban environment. Bagpipe music seems appropriate to accompany this dancer of Scottish origin. In the title Piping Hot refers to the bagpipes and to the animation that follows: Oceanic Living Data. Oceanic Living Data combines stories, hypotheses, data and iconography shared by climate change scientists and artists. Like a scientific model, the animation evolves to reflect new knowledge about our warming world. On the one hand it celebrates our connection to the natural world. On the other hand it warns of our impacts on natural cycles of change.
Lisa Roberts, Living Data project leader, 2012
Australian Antarctic Division
McMurdo Dry Valleys
Long-Term Ecological Research Antarctic sea ice
United States Geological Survey Sea levels rising
John Church et al.
Climate Change Cluster (C3)
University of Technology, Sydney
(Air sacs in lungs)
Royal Hobart Hospital