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is Melting (Grönlanti sulaa) is a wordless piece in which an aural
narrative is used to concretise knowledge plucked from the flood of
information about the consequences of climate change. The shrinking of
the glaciers is one of the more reliable pieces of evidence of climate
In the summer of 2013, Finnish journalist Katri Henriksson travelled to the west coast of Greenland, to record both the nature moulded by climate change and the people who live in that extraordinary place. Her destination, Ilulissat, is a place from which twenty billion tons of ice flows into the sea. 4 600 people live in Ilulissat, and it is Greenland's most popular tourist spot. At Midsummer in Ilulissat, national day is celebrated, and the sun beats down relentlessly, even at night. Youngsters who are to be confirmed stand in front of the church, wearing their national dress. The children cycle, the men play football, and bored sled dogs howl for food.
In this audio production, speech forms an aural element in which the individual words do not need to be understood. The machinery brought along by people produces sounds which remind us that it is specifically people who have caused climate change. The splitting of icebergs and the melting of ice act as the rhythmic and musical elements of the piece. All of the sounds recorded for Greenland is Melting are authentic.
Recording and manuscript: Katri Henriksson.
Sound design and technical execution: Pentti Männikkö.
Produced by: Soila Valkama