The Antarctic Biennale has open new boundaries within a framework of the perception of time and physical (yet imaginary) space in which the reality was fluid and dense at the same time, alerting our senses to the wonder of nature, intangible by any definition.
Today is the last day on board. The day presents itself truly majestic, mild and very sunny. Now, in the afternoon we have a great view of Cape Horn, the most Southern tip of the American continent. In my childhood, when my brother and I looked at the atlas, we had speculated how Cape Horn would look like.
The Antarctic Biennale being the 1st cultural expedition to the icy continent, I wondered about the response of the Antarctic residents, its wildlife primarily, to our well-intentioned transgression. We were carrying with us an urban notion of culture and the arts. I was curious to see if it would be met with amusement, resistance or […]
Dear colleagues, penguins, and albatrosses who have sided with them! Please let me give you a small lecture. To begin with, pure contemplation should be differentiated from cognition as a special type of phenomenon, or if you will, a special vocation. Instead of drawing a historical and philosophical perspective, I shall do the following. Let […]
Some questions: More than just a place, Antarctica is an ideal that first began to inspire artists, writers and cartographers long before the continent was first sighted in 1820. Ever since its earliest exploration, painters and draughtsmen have taken part in expeditions to document and record the process of geographic and scientific discovery. More recently, […]
What interests me about the Antarctic Biennale is its potential to explore, question and create human-nature relationships. We are now a dominant species on the planet, currently destroying our own home in the universe. Many of us have mentally separated ourselves from nature, and made nature into an object that we may admire, protect or […]
From A Diary on 19 March on the vessel …Sofia gave me an envelope fromAustralian artist Tom Blake, who will show his project at the Antarctic Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale of Art. I met Tom in January in Tokyo, when he was invited to the artist in residence in Hokkaido. He told me […]