A dancer in a dynamic pose under water
Past Event
Visual Arts


Emma Critchley
Sat 7 - Sun 15 May 2022
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Created by Brighton based award-winning artist filmmaker Emma Critchley, Witness is a film installation linking the human body to ice, through underwater dance, spoken word and scientific imagery

Premised on the examination of an ice core as the post-mortem of a glacier, Witness recounts historic events revealed within ice cores, which hold bubbles of air preserved from the Earth’s atmosphere from up to 2.7 million years ago. Weaving together these histories with scientific findings and human stories of glacial retreat, the piece considers the glacier as witness to events which have led to its accelerating decline. Drawing upon our collective, non-linear past to explore the interconnectivity of events, the film calls to account how we are all witness to the climate emergency that is unfolding around us.

Witness was created by Brighton based artist Emma Critchley during the Earth Water Sky environmental art and science residency programme at Science Gallery Venice, where she spent a year with a team of climate scientists on the Ice Memory Project: a global initiative to create an archive of ice cores from glaciers that are rapidly disappearing.

The film installation will be open and free during the day and for this, the UK premiere, there will be ticketed evening screenings with the film’s spoken word soundtrack performed live in multiple languages.

Live performers
Eugenia Caruso 
Caroline Mgata 
Constanza Ruff 

Grace Chinonyerem Okebugwu 
Giovanna Garzotto 
Ayako Inanami 

Sound and music
Nicolas Becker
Lucy Railton

Watch a trailer for Witness