The homecoming reception in Faena Art Center

The homecoming reception in Faena Art Center

Faena Art Center held the homecoming reception that crowned the Antarctic Biennale with the presence of the Minister of Culture of Argentina, Pablo Avelluto.

The expedition of the First International Antarctic Biennale, held under the patronage of UNESCO, started on the shores of the Tierra del Fuego on March 16, 2017, and concluded with a ceremonial reception in honor of the participants in the biennale in Buenos Aires on March 29. On the mainland, the travelers were met by the Minister of Culture of Argentina, Pablo Avelluto, who stressed the importance of the brave researchers’ mission and the significance of international collaboration on scientific, cultural and artist issues. “It’s impossible to overestimate the cultural significance of this project. It’s astonishing how, united by a common idea, and solidified by a powerful spirit of collaboration, experts from different spheres are discovering new horizons of knowledge and stepping beyond the limits of innovation, creativity, and the avant garde, skillfully bringing together and combining various forms of art.”

During the mobile exhibition that was set up in Buenos Aires, one of the Antarctic Biennale projects was presented – a robotized art object, the “Glaciator”, created by the Argentine artist Joaquin Fargas with the support of Kaspersky Lab. The artistic concept for “Glaciator” is in keeping with Kaspersky Lab’s basic mission – to save the world. So Kaspersky Lab is sending a machine on a mission to keep the earth safe – this time not in cyberspace, but in Antarctica. The technologies of Kaspersky Lab provide reliable protection of the security of the robot’s computer systems.  Glaciator compresses the snow as it steps on it. Glaciator is a “Firn-Maker”, firn is an intermediate state between snow and glacier ice. This process contributes to accelerate the formation of a glacier protecting it from the impact of global warming.

 

THE ANTARCTIC BIENNALE SETS SAIL TO THE SHORES OF ANTARCTICA

THE ANTARCTIC BIENNALE SETS SAIL TO THE SHORES OF ANTARCTICA

 

Bon voyage! Today, the Antarctic Biennale, project under UNESCO patronage set sail from Ushuaia at the southernmost tip of Argentina, the beginning of an artistic voyage to Antarctica.

It marks the culmination of more than a year of preparation for a team of artists, philosophers, researchers and multidisciplinary cultural professionals from more than 30 countries. They are traveling on the seasoned Antarctic research vessel Akademik Sergey Vavilov, which left the port of Ushuaia at 4pm.
 
The ship is a floating studio, meeting space and exhibition venue. Participating artists will create temporary installations and give site-specific performances during more than a dozen landings at different locations in Antarctica. A diverse array of works deal with concepts such as environmental preservation, sustainable consumption and how mobility can affect the creative process.
 
The project is described as ‘a head-over-heels biennale’ and ‘an upside-down biennale’ by founder and commissioner Alexander Ponomarev. At a welcome dinner on March 16, he encouraged participants to think carefully about how to produce their pieces in harsh conditions during the voyage. His agenda leaves ample space for spontaneous collaborations, inspired by Captain Nemo’s famous motto – “mobilis in mobile!”
 
Contributing artists: Adrian Balseca (Eсcuador), Cinemateque de Tangiers (Morocco), Constant Dullaart (Netherlands), Eli Maria Lundgaard (Norway), Emile Brout and Maxine Marion (France), Emmy Skensved+Gregoire Blunt (Canada), Etienne de France (France), Eva and Franco Mattes (Italy), Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium), Jessica Sarah Rinland (UK), Julian Charriere (France / Switzerland), Karin Ferrari (Austria), Katya Kovaleva (Russia), Marcel Dinahet (France), Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador), Swetlana Heger (Sweden), Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries (Korea), Yto Barrada (Morocco).
 
When the expedition is complete, the crew will host a homecoming reception at the Faena Arts Center in Buenos Aires on March 29, featuring audiovisual presentations and video clips from the journey. Selected artworks will later be exhibited at leading international museums.
 

ABOUT THE ANTARCTIC BIENNALE
 
This creative journey aims to expand the parameters of what art can be today and might be in the future. It aims to raise awareness about the importance of international coordination in addressing the effects of climate change.

 
ARTISTS

Abdullah Al Saadi (UAE)

Alexander Ponomarev (Russia)

Alexis Anastasiou (Brazil)

Andrey Kuzkin (Russia)

Eulalia Valldosera (Spain)

Gustav Dusing (Germany)

Joaquin Fargas (Argentina)

Julian Charriere (France/Switzerland)

Juliana Cerqueira Leite (Brazil)

Julius von Bismarck (Germany)

Lou Sheppard (Canada)

Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador)

Shama Rahman (Bangladesh/UK)

Sho Hasegawa (Japan)

Tomas Saraceno (Argentina/Germany)

Yasuaki Igarashi (Japan)

Yto Barrada (Morocco)

Zhang Enli (China)

 

INTERDISCIPLINARY PARTICIPANTS

 

Adrian Dannatt (UK)

Alexander Sekatskii (Russia)

Barbara Imhof (Austria)

Carlo Rizzo (Italy/UK)

Elizabeth Barry (USA)

Hector Monsalve (Argentina)

Jean de Pomereu (France)

Lisen Schultz (Sweden)

Miguel Petchkovsky (Angola/Portugal)

Nicholas Shapiro (USA)

Sergey Pisarev (Russia)

Susmita Mahanty (India)

Wakana Kono (Japan)

 

 

ARTISTIC ADVISORY BOARD

Alexander Ponomarev – Commissioner, Antarctic Biennale (Russia)

Hani Rashid – Co-founder, Asymptote Architecture (Canada / USA)

Hans-Ulrich Obrist – Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries (Switzerland/UK) Nadim Samman – Curator and Co-director, Import Projects (Germany)

Sam Keller – Director, Fondation Beyeler (Switzerland)

Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi – President and Director, Sharjah Art Foundation (UAE)

 

PRINCIPLES OF THE BIENNALE

Supranationality          Developing Antarctica’s potential as a cultural space belonging to no specific nation – international voices, imagining the future of global community

Interdisciplinarity         A visionary collective effort to find new approaches to solve the problems the humanity is facing using the achievements of numerous academic disciplines
Intercultural Exploration         Re-imagining the function of culture in the 21st Century

 

Mobilis in Mobile!        A biennale in process. One that creates a new ‘mobilis in mobile’ art concept, according to the motto of Captain Nemo.

Nanonica

Nanonica

Nicholas Shapiro

Nicholas Shapiro

USA

Liz Barry

Liz Barry

USA

Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation

Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation

Miguel Petchkovsky

Miguel Petchkovsky

Angola/Portugal

Adrian Dannatt

Adrian Dannatt

UK

Hector Monsalve

Hector Monsalve

Argentina

Lou Sheppard

Lou Sheppard

Canada

Katya Kovaleva

Katya Kovaleva

Russia

Osborne and Partners

Osborne and Partners

ikonotv

ikonotv

Romananderica

Romananderica

INSTITUTIONAL PARTNERS


GENERAL MEDIA PARTNERS