A layer of water is contained by two sheets of glass. Two motors tilt the glass disc at barely visible angles. A large air bubble slowly changes shape and moves around in the water. It tries to find a new equilibrium under a map of the arctic ice that is printed on top of the glass. A spotlight circles around the installation like a sun. It projects a rotating shadow including motion patterns of the water that are not visible in the original disc.
Tipping Point is inspired by a collaboration with researchers from the Norwegian Polar Institute about the impact of human activity and toxic waste on the arctic ecosystem. Air and water are the main elements that transport, store and interact in a vast yet very delicate thermodynamic process where small critical changes can generate enormous consequences.