Artists in the Arctic

Original article published in The New York Times: Dot Earth, by David Rothenberg. October 14th, sailing toward Magdalena Fjord, 79.6°N, 11°E We are 14 artists, 2 scientists, and a crew of 4 sailing as close to the North Pole pack ice as we can get away with. Aboard the M/S Noorderlicht, a hundred-year old Dutch schooner, we left Longyearbyen one week ago in the Norwegian territory of Svalbard, the most northerly point in the world with regular air service, for several weeks traveling the Arctic through open sea and sheltered bays, stopping along the way to respond to the landscape in…