Journal article

168° 58’ 37” W: A Cold War Memorial

S Lowry

Art and Australia | Victorian College of the Arts, University of Melbourne | Published : 2018

Abstract

This text is a material conduit, or vehicular medium, through which to imagine a work of art located on a stretch of intermittently frozen sea ice in the Bering Strait, at 168° 58’ 37” W. This ‘work’ is offered as a memor- ialisation of the consequences of collectively imagined fear—in this case the Cold War. Its ephemeral material existence—somewhere between this page and an expanse of sea ice located elsewhere in space and time— also seeks to perform something of the mutual insufficiency of material and contextual elements in artistic expression more generally.

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