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Ice trade

Roithmayr, F., Behr, B., Farmer, G., Haugaard Madsen, L., Henry Longly, G. and Kratz, T. (2007) Ice trade. [Show/Exhibition]

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The exhibition title references a 19th-century trade of ice that occurred between Northern Europe, Northern America, and the sub-continent, prior to the development of artificial refrigeration. The history of the ice trade corresponded to a time-specific configuration of environmental and economic processes; several weeks of transit in uninsulated hulls often resulted in quantities of ice being reduced by 50% in mass in the time taken to reach a destination and sales point. The ice trade also featured in Henry David Thoreau's back-to-nature, preservationist classic, Walden, where the ice-harvest of Walden Pond alludes to a clash of environmental assets and sufficiencies. Thoreau's one-man, one-world approach is seemingly inconsolable with the million dollar international ice exports that capitalised on the ponds and lakes of rural Massachussets. These references and their configurations serve as a loose framework for the exhibition at Chelsea Space, where Ice Trade considers questions of translation and material status at different points of reception.

Item Type:Show/Exhibition
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Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Arts and Communication Design > Art > Fine Art
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