In June 2012, the Goethe Institutes in Almaty and Tashkent launched the ‘Glacier Music’ (Gletschermusik) Project, bringing together artists, scientists and environmental activists in a series of events around the problem of melting glaciers. Retreating glaciers, mounting sea levels, and shrinking lakes are some of the global changes that are increasingly obvious consequences of rising temperatures and changing weather patterns. This is particularly true for the people of Central Asia, whose water supplies depend on the region’s rapidly melting glaciers.
This project creates a space for regional and international cooperation in which artists and scientists can exchange perceptions and experiences. Regional and international artists have been invited to react to the changing environment in concerts, sound installations, video, sculpture and other artistic means and expressions.
Exploring the interface between art and science, the project’s objective is to create awareness through new artistic experiences and seek solutions to urgent environmental problems.
The project was initially inspired by an expedition to the Tujuksu glacier near the Kazakh city of Almaty in July 2012. The expedition recorded the sounds of the melting glaciers and made them publicly available, defining a creative starting point for concerts and launching an open call to artists in the Central Asian region.
In September 2012, the project went public with a first series of concerts featuring the Uzbek ensemble Omnibus, under the artistic direction of Artyom Kim, and Irish-German multimedia artist Lillevan. Four environmental workshops were organized in parallel to the concerts in Tashkent, Almaty, Dushanbe and Bishkek.
The results and winning responses to the open call will be presented in the context of festivals in all four cities.