June 02, 2015
Derek Coté, a Canadian-born, Detroit-based artist, is experimenting with the creation and synthesis of image and sound. During his Polar Lab residency he is investigating remote locations throughout Alaska, capturing sound and images in collaboration with the New York composer Paul Hass. The project will result in a video accompanied by an original symphonic composition composed by Haas. The music will be performed by members of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Randall Fleischer.
Research for this project began in 2013 in Alaska and Iceland and involves further investigation in other Arctic and sub-Arctic regions around the world, including the international archipelago of Svalbard and the Northwest Passage. Says Coté, “The project takes into account not only aesthetic concerns, but also sociopolitical, cultural, environmental and economic interests. My experience at the Arctic Energy Summit (Akureyri, Iceland) and the Institute of the North’s Week of the Arctic symposium in Anchorage has provided me with perspective on the unique political and cultural issues facing the Circumpolar North today. This information will help form my vision for this project.”
Coté’s work will be included in a Polar Lab group exhibition in 2016. For more information on Coté’s and other Polar Lab projects, visit anchoragemuseum.org/polarlab.