In his visually stunning new film, ARCTIC – Visual Vibes, Ben Brown skillfully weaves extraordinary footage with an adventurer’s perspective and insights about a once in a lifetime journey. From August 22 to September 8, 2016, Brown joined nine other artists and content creators for the project Generator Arctic onboard an icebreaker in the Northwest Passage of the Arctic Ocean. Conceptualized and hosted by astronaut Chris Hadfield (you know him as the guy who performed Space Oddity in the International Space Station), Generator Arctic explores the unique perspectives captured by multiple artists while sharing an identical experience.
Generator is at its core the idea that the niche has a great deal to offer the mainstream. The image of the Arctic has become stuck in a feedback loop. The narrative has been written before filming even beings. Audiences don’t need to watch to understand, and have in turn simply stopped listening. Nobody wants another documentary, they want something worth witnessing. (Generator Arctic Press Release)
Worth witnessing it certainly is. Amid stunning sequences he asks,
How do I describe a moment so powerful it will change you forever — a journey so compelling you will never be the same?
Between his aerial vistas of glaciers and vast open ocean filmed from a helicopter, and his snapshots of life aboard an icebreaker with a group of equally awestruck and inspired artists, Ben Brown has beautifully achieved the mission with which he was entrusted.
For more of Ben Brown’s Visual Vibes, check him out on YouTube. His work can also be found at mrbenbrown.com. Visit generatorevent.com/arctic for more information about the project and links to the other artists’ work.