Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Declassified Spy Outpost Lurks on the Dark Side of the Earth


As the cargo hull opened, the black Arctic poured into the Hercules C130. Breath-first, Charles Stankievech emerged from the belly of the carrier and into subzero stillness; it was like stepping out onto the surface of the moon.

“It is the place where the celestial meets the terrestrial,” says Stankievech of the landscape far north of the Arctic circle. “It’s as if the air has been sucked out of the Earth and outer space comes right down and touches you.”

In November 2011, Stankievech hitched a ride with the Canadian military to the Canadian Forces Station (CFS) ALERT Signals Intelligence Station, which is only 450 nautical miles south of the North Pole. At the 82nd Parallel North, the military spy outpost at CFS ALERT is the Earth’s northernmost settlement populated year-round.

Stankievech, a Canadian artist, made the epic two-day journey for his latest film project The Soniferous Æther. The project includes several haunting and beautiful black-and-white time-lapse shots (see video below). Late in the year, virtually no snow falls at the site and the air is dry. Under the constant pitch-black sky the already-fallen snow doesn’t glisten but appears as gray as lunar dust.

For the rest of the story: http://www.wired.com/rawfile/2013/06/charles-stankievech-northernmost-settlement/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+wired%2Findex+%28Wired%3A+Top+Stories%29

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