Polar Force

Speak Percussion, Philip Samartzis (AU), Eugene Ughetti (AU)

OÖ Kulturquartier
Digital Musics & Sound Art




Polar Force is a phenomenological investigation of the windiest, coldest, and driest continent on earth: Antarctica.

During the one-hour work, vivid multichannel Antarctic field recordings of wind, water, and ice are combined with new instruments, sampled in a live performance and a choreographed artistic “lecture” undertaken by two performers reminiscent of scientists in a remote polar field station. The immersive live performance merges the art-science-tech to comment on geopolitical issues and the climate crisis.

Polar Force/Philip Samartzis (AU), Eugene Ughetti (AU), Credit: Eugene Ughetti


Project Credits:

  • Co-director: Clare Britton
  • Performers: Matthias Schack-Arnott & Eugene Ughetti
  • Lighting Designer: Keith Tucker
  • Sound Design & Instrument Design: Nick Roux
  • RMIT Industrial Design Atelier Leader: Dr Malte Wagenfield
  • Producer: Sheah Sutton
  • Project Supporters: Australian Antarctic Division, Australia Council for the Arts, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Bogong Centre for Sound Culture, School of Art – RMIT University, APRA AMCOS Art Music Fund, Besen Family Foundation