Under the Arctic ice

Under the ice of the Arctic

MISE & Agrave; DAY

We do not dive in the cold waters of the North, but almost. Madelinot diver and photographer Mario Cyr takes us to this inaccessible world with his exhibition Under the arctic ice . A world threatened and weakened by global warming.

Popular success at Studios Éloize in Old Montreal, with more than 56,000 visitors, the exhibition is on display until February 13 at the Quebec City Convention Center. An enhanced exhibition due to a larger surface area.

The implementation of new measures prescribed by Public Health does not affect this museum-type activity.

This immersive exhibition presents an Arctic that is changing and which, since the 1980s, has been heating up at high speed. The ice is melting major.

Under the Arctic ice begins with a visit to the life-size base camp under that famous midnight sun … & nbsp;

We find camps, small propane stoves, sleeping bags, stretched socks when drying, kayaks, a snowmobile, the necessary equipment and a small rudimentary toilet. We hear the voices of those who live there.

Then the explorer, videographer and filmmaker, who has completed 12,400 dives over the past 45 years, brings us over and under the ice. The 300 photographs, displayed by a mosaic of ten screens, are striking and of quality. We discover the fauna of the Arctic and the Northern Lights.

Seals, polar bears, beluga whales, walruses, narwhals, bowhead whales and more. You can even hear the songs of ringed and bearded seals, narwhals and beluga whales which, due to their high-pitched sounds, are nicknamed sea canaries. Sounds that are captured underwater with an acoustic wave detector. “Ghosts” underwater, describes an Inuit guide.

Water at two degrees Celsius that you can touch and feel on your fingertips.

Virtual diving

Mario Cyr and his Inuit guides found themselves, during one of their expeditions on the ice floe, in front of two polar bears on these increasingly thin ice which became an obstacle to survival.

The explorer and diver also filmed walruses and also bears that swim underwater and can do so non-stop for four days, and he dived into holes used by seals to breathe on the surface of the water .

The exhibition Under the Arctic Ice also offers two immersive segments where you are surrounded by curved projection surfaces. You can “live” there a visit to the Iceberg Garden to the sound of music by Jean-Michel Blais and a virtual dive through the plankton.

The exhibition is presented until to February 13. Tickets are on sale on the site souslesglacesarctiques.com . Time slots are limited to a total of 35 visitors to provide an optimal and safe experience. The vaccination passport and the wearing of a face cover are compulsory.

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