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Clearly, everyone is aware that this journey will go down in history

Happy World Penguin Day!

Happy World Penguin Day!

This celebration is held each year on April 25 as the annual migration of these adorable flightless birds begins.

 

 

 

During one of the landings, at Petermann Island, Antarctica, a participant in the Antarctic Biennale, Alexander Sekatskii, an Associate Professor of St. Petersburg University, writer and philosopher, held the first-ever “Lecture to the Penguins.“ Sekatskii noted that though he was more accustomed to lecturing students, “the penguins were a grateful and keen audience too.” The lecture was dedicated to the idea of pure contemplation, without which human beings can’t find a common language with Nature and wildlife. Such a language, is the language of art.
The Antarctic Biennale incorporates artistic, scientific, and philosophical methodologies to address “shared spaces” such as Antarctica, the Ocean and the Cosmos.

Antarctica is a continent that encourages people to think about the future of humanity and culture, and provides an opportunity to create new ways of approaching and seeing life on our planet.

Music: Requiem for the Antarctic Coast
Created for the Antarctic Biennale
Composer: Lou Sheppard

The artist-medium Eulalia Valldosera goes online with her audio messages that reached the Antarctica expedition!

The artist-medium Eulalia Valldosera goes online with her audio messages that reached the Antarctica expedition!

Eulalia Valldosera (Spain) shares her contribution to the Antarctic Biennale in her blog.

The art project is called PENELOPE HAS A VOICE and was created in the Pyrenees, where the artist decided to stay to engage, by means of telepathy, with several animal species of Antarctica, asking them for their feelings towards the expedition and towards humanity. Eulalia recorded their voices in 6 messages that were broadcasted through the audio system built on the ship during the journey.

As the artist claims: “This project engages art and science through a visionary subject: the awakening of telepathy in humans, as a tool for a deeper understanding of our environment that we share with other sentient beings”.

You can check out Eulalia’s project here.

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PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS ONBOARD VIDEO PROGRAM

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS ONBOARD VIDEO PROGRAM

PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITIONS

ONBOARD VIDEO PROGRAM

Contributing artists (video art): Adrian Balseca (Eсcuador), Cinemateque de Tangiers (Morocco), Constant Dullaart (Netherlands), Eli Maria Lundgaard (Norway), 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), Marcel Dinahet (France), Paul Rosero Contreras (Ecuador), Swetlana Heger (Sweden), Young Hae-Chang Heavy Industries (Korea), Yto Barrada (Morocco).

The first art expedition in history to the shores of Antarctica has been completed

The first art expedition in history to the shores of Antarctica has been completed

The participants in the Antarctic Biennale international project have returned from the first art expedition to Antarctica

About 100 people from around the world – artists, architects, researchers, poets, writers, musicians, and philosophers – set off on board a scientific research vessel, the Academic Sergei Vavilov, from the port of Ushuaia to the Antarctic Circle. The expedition of the First International Antarctic Biennale was held under the patronage of UNESCO from March 16, till March 29 and was concluded with a ceremonial reception in Buenos Aires.

During the artistic voyage, the participants traveled around 2,000 nautical miles (4,000 km), making over 12 landings on the shore of the Antarctic peninsula and on islands surrounding Earth’s most southerly continent. In total, on the continent’s territory, over 20 artistic projects were carried out, including performances, installations, exhibitions and sound-art experiments, as well as over 15 research sessions and philosophical discussions.

The results of this historically exceptional biennale have yet to be assessed, but the project’s author and founder, the artist Alexander Ponomarev is certain that the organizers have managed to carry out and even go beyond the previously planned program: “If we’re talking about numbers, then we carried out 150 percent of the program. We worked with the Antarctic, the Ocean, whales, and penguins, fish and birds. On board, the vessel we had an international team of astonishing people, each of them has an indomitable spirit of adventure and romance. Despite the continual pitching of the ship, in the lecture hall, every day, there was packed attendance for the lively debates, and global issues and the problems of the modern world were discussed,” stated Ponomarev.

He also noted that the expedition’s success would have been impossible without the participation of the project’s bold comrades and partners. One of these brave heroes was a seasoned traveler who is on the Biennale’s Board of Trustees, the visionary, founder and general director of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky. The international company acted as General Partner for the Antarctic Biennale.

The objects created in the region of the South Polar Circle, as well as photo and video documentation of the voyage – will be shown for the first time in the Antarctica Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale of Art 2017 in May. The group exhibition will include works done by the voyage’s participants and projects of the finalists of the Antarctic Biennale Open Call for young artists, the results of which were announced during the Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 contemporary art fair. A series of documentary films, television arts programs, and illustrated books and photographic albums will be made on the basis of the results of the voyage. The artistic works created amidst the ice of the Antarctic will be exhibited at leading exhibition venues and museums.