Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Art

Arctic Swell – a simple melody

film still of a hand with a double exposure of a snow landscape in the backgroup
image from exhibition of object on wall of blue landscape of trees and snow
exhibition image of randomly shaped object on wall with a white spotlight surrounded by a red glow
film still of ariel shot image of snow landscape with digitally distorted trees
microscopic image of lichen
Dates and Opening times

Fri 7 – Sun 23 June
Mon – Sun, 12pm – 5pm


Street Level Photoworks
Trongate 103
103 Trongate
G1 5HD

Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte
Presented by

Street Level Photoworks

Supported by

Creative Scotland and the Lithuanian Culture Institute


Good access: The venue has ramped or level access and/or lifts to access upper floors

Toilets: The venue has toilets available for visitors

Accessible Toilets: The venue has a wheelchair-accessible toilet 

Baby Change: The venue has baby change facilities 

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Arctic Swell a simple melody is an installation of still and moving image work by artist Kotryna Ula Kiliulyte which seeks to soothe ‘solastalgia’ – anxiety stemming from the man-made climate crisis. The project explores the intersections between climate change, nurturing as resistance and the perception of time.

Through photographic and constructed imagery, Kotryna conveys themes of symbiosis and interconnectedness in events of various scales: a microscope captures the contraction of mammary gland cells in response to oxytocin; or a digitally reconstructed arctic forest is watched through the lens of a drone. In Arctic Swell, glimpses of sauna scenes and the foraging of wild berries and herbs speak to simple rituals of care, set to a soundtrack of lullabies sung to soothe a baby, the planet, and the singer themselves.