Month: April 2017

Glaciators

“Glaciator” is an art installation placed in Antarctica, composed of solar robots that help to compact and crystallise the snow by turning it into ice, then adhering it to the glacier mass. As glaciers´ice melting is the most alarming effect of global warming, the mission of these robots is to help and accelerate the ice formation process on glaciers, allowing them to grow with the addition of snow turned into ice, regaining the mass they have lost as a result of the thaw. “Glaciator’s” ultimate purpose is to raise awareness about climate change, ice-melting and its consequences for the planet.

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Art at the End of the World: A diary from the Antarctic Biennale

Artsy
Darrell Hartman
24/04/17
A typical sailing tour of the Antarctic Peninsula is a focused encounter with Mother Nature, a journey through icy tundras, past humpback whales and epic vistas—so I’m told. But the expedition I took there last month, aboard the 117-meter-long Akademik Sergey Vavilov, as part of a project called the Antarctic Biennale, was anything but typical. […]

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Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: Desolation Island

The Art Newspaper
Adrian Dannatt
15/04/17
Saturday 25th March: Blurred tannoy at brutal 6.30 and staggered out on deck, wind blowing strong and wondrous vision of our approach to Deception Island, the sun breaking out from behind us lighting ancient the red rocks like Uluru, and through into the volcanic bay beyond […]

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Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: Welcome to the Continent

The Art Newspaper
Adrian Dannatt
14/04/17
Woke extremely refreshed with icebergs drifting past through porthole; up on deck at 7.30 and spied very elegant black wooden house on end point of ice, chic as Cape Cod. Made me realise how much I missed buildings, how I love them […]

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Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: an underwater art show

The Art Newspaper
Adrian Dannatt
13/04/17
Actual sunrise on the sunken Alps. For the first time on our journey we are greeted by real sun, walking on deck at 7.30 magnificent, unbelievable snowscape all around with pink lit crests. And then — as if the landscape was not astonishing enough in itself — two whales emerge with their spray […]

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J’ai embarqué à bord de la Biennale de l’Antarctique

Le Monde
Jeanette Zwingenberger
10/04/17
«Une utopie est devenue réalité : nous venons de vivre la première Antartic Biennale !» La déclaration est de l’artiste, poète, ingénieur et marin russe Alexandre Ponomarev, qui a embarqué avec lui 80 artistes, scientifiques, philosophes et écrivains à la mi-mars et pendant douze jours sur le navire d’expédition […]

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Antarctic Biennale

Monocle
Frederick Bernas
07/04/17
It’s hard to find a place in the world that doesn’t have a biennale at the moment and now it seems that even the world’s southernmost continent has one. However, the first-ever Antarctic Biennale claims to have cast aside the conventional ideas of these champagne-swilling events and radically reimagined the traditional model. For a start this Biennale is mobile […]

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Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: learning how to leave no trace

The Art Newspaper
Adrian Dannatt
06/04/17
Woke to thick fog, magnificent sea aboil. Out on slippery green metal deck, weather dropping, air and water temperatures falling, we are approaching Antarctic waters, the coldest in the world. Lurched up to front ‘prow’ or ‘bow’ or whatever, so very ‘Titanic’ could almost hear Enya wailing away in the background. HUGE grey waves but don’t seem so nauseous when you actually see […]

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Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: seasickness hits

The Art Newspaper
Adrian Dannatt
05/04/17
Woah! Impossible to sleep—tossing and being turned, the Gods moving me around despite myself, whole room shifting as if my own personal earthquake. The small cabin like a womb where you twist suspended in amniotic fluid but in this case a Yummy Mummy still jogging late term throwing you this way and that.  8AM breakfast with sparkly Nick Shapiro here to represent Tomás Saraceno […]

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I chilled with penguins and an ice-preserving bot on a glacier in Antarctica

Motherboard
Frederick Bernas
04/04/17
From March 17 to 28, the first Antarctic Biennale set sail on the Akademik Sergey Vavilov, a hulking polar research ship owned by the Russian Institute of Oceanology. On board, more than a dozen artists were joined by interdisciplinary thinkers including a space architect, a sitar-playing neuroscientist and a Russian oceanographer with years of experience living on Arctic ice. […]

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Dispatches from our Man at the Antarctic Biennale: Ushuaia with Yto Barrada

The Art Newspaper
Adrian Dannatt
04/04/17
Tinny tannoy ‘rise-and-shine’ breaks the day. Goddam 7.30 unlike my usual leisurely 11am, wearily tugged on my bombachas to breakfast in the large dining room, hub of our world, delicious big sausages and potatoes, greasy Soviet delight. Mystery of the very large Russian crew, over 40 of them, we hardly see as opposed to the ‘One Ocean’ cruise team entirely Canadian and relentlessly nice in that Canadian way […]

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Réquiem por la Antártida

La Vanguardia
Miquel Molina
02/04/17
De todas las obras presentadas durante la bienal de arte del continente blanco, una de las más conmovedoras es la de Lou Sheppard, artista antidisciplinar canadiense que ha compuesto su particular Réquiem por la Antártida. Para poner a punto esta composición de unos veinte minutos, Sheppard tuvo que encerrarse literalmente en su camarote durante los primeros días de navegación. […]

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