Lake Michigan Unfreezing

Charlie Cooper and Lauren Stoklas

Lake Michigan Unfreezing is an audio/visual time-lapse installation created over the course of several months in the winter of 2018. The piece consists of eight 11in by 14in pictures of the lake accompanied by an audio loop made from recordings taken above and below the surface of the lake as the ice melted. The loop plays from two sets of stereo speakers spaced evenly throughout the pictures. The pictures and audio recordings are unaltered – they are set up left to right in chronological order from January to March to show the lake returning to its familiar state. The frozen lake is alluring, due not only to its spectacular sights, but also the wonderfully strange and mysterious sounds the ice makes during the cold months. We believe that the sounds of an environment are just as important as the sights, and hope that observers will find Lake Michigan Unfreezing a lens for this shift in sensory focus and perspective.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Time-Based
  • Depth: 6in
  • Medium: photography/audio
  • Width: 12ft, 4in
  • Year created: 2018
  • Height: mounted roughly 5ft from ground

About Charlie Cooper and Lauren Stoklas

Charlie is a composer and field recordist who primarily captures sounds from underwater environments. Lauren Stoklas is a photographer, interior designer and illustrator. Lake Michigan Unfreezing is Charlie and Lauren's first project together.