Ellie Ga, Reading the Deck of Tara, 2011. Performance View.

Ellie Ga


Ellie Ga, Reading the Deck of Tara, 2011. Performance View.

For the past three years, Ellie Ga has grappled with the materials—the documents and memories—from her experiences traveling to the North Pole in 2007. Acting as a “poet of the quotidian,” she was an artist in residence aboard the French climate-change research vessel the Tara and spent five months drifting in the ice of the Arctic Ocean, recording the crew’s activities during the long polar night. Having produced books, videos, and slide shows based on the journey, Ga is perhaps best known for The Fortunetellers, 2008–, her captivating performance-lectures. In these, she alludes to various aspects of her trip (such as timekeeping or daily rituals) by superimposing photographs, drawings, and maps on an overhead projector, playing sound recordings, and—best of all—telling scripted and improvised stories about the journey.

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