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Sakamoto to Join Cape Farewell Expedition
Ryuichi Sakamoto joins a 40 strong crew of artists and scientists on Cape Farewell's Disko Bay expedition to the west coast of Greenland from September 25 – October 6, 2008

A journey to the Arctic and the front-line of climate change

"It is important for me to listen to what's going on there with my own ears, because the arctic sea is the front-line of climate change."
– Ryuichi Sakamoto on his decision to join Cape Farewell

On 25 September Ryuichi Sakamoto and 40 other artists, scientists, architects, comedians, musicians, playwrights, composers, engineers, film-makers, and journalists journey aboard the science research vessel, Grigory Mikheev, from Kangerlussuaq to Disko Bay. The boat will then voyage across the front of the Jakobshavn Glacier, one of Greenland's largest glaciers moving at a faster rate than ever before, losing 20 million tons of ice every day.

The climate challenge is a cultural one, it is the way we have evolved our lives and values that is the cause of climate change. Cape Farewell asks our best creative minds to respond to and inspire a sustainable cultural vision to this potentially devastating climate reality.

In 2007, there was record loss of the sea ice at the North Pole. Recent satellite images show that this year's figure could exceed the 2007 demise of the Northern Ice Cap. Onboard science teams from the British Geological Survey and National Oceanography Centre will undertake scientific research, mapping the ocean currents and analysing the Greenlandic seabed. Film Director, Peter Gilbert will be documenting the journey, making a film for the Sundance Channel on his return.

Follow the team live at:
www.capefarewell.com

Daily blogs, photographs and video will be posted on the website as the journey unfolds. All blogs, images and videos will be available via RSS feeds.

PARTICPATING ARTISTS

Musicians
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Laurie Anderson
Vanessa Carlton
Jarvis Cocker
Feist
Robyn Hitchcock
KT Tunstall
Martha Wainwright
Luke Bullen
Beatboxer Shlomo

Composer
Jonathan Dove

Comedian
Marcus Brigstocke

Theatre Makers
Mojisola Adebayo
Suzan-Lori Parks

Artists
Kathy Barber
David Buckland
Sophie Calle
Jude Kelly
Mich¸«²le Noach
Tracey Rowledge
Julian Stair
Chris Wainwright

Architects
Francesca Galeazzi
Sunand Prasad

Poet
Lemn Sissay

Photographer
Nathan Gallagher

BBC Presenter
Quentin Cooper

Activist
David Noble

Film Director
Peter Gilbert

View the Disko Bay Crew Profiles here.

ABOUT CAPE FAREWELL

Cape Farewell pioneers the cultural response to climate change. Working internationally, it brings artists, scientists and communicators together to stimulate the production of art founded in scientific research. Using creativity to innovate, Cape Farewell engages artists for their ability to evolve and amplify a creative language, communicating on a human scale the urgency of the global climate challenge. Cape Farewell is widely acknowledged to be the most significant sustained artistic response to climate change anywhere in the world.

The ambition of the expedition is to inspire the creative crew to respond to climate change both in the Arctic and on their return, feeding into our ongoing exhibition program.


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