Cities like Venice, Shenzen and Bejing, Lisbon, Berlin, Oslo, Chicago have witnessed art and Architecture Biennials (Biennale). Now, the enterprising tentacular reach of international artists and designers, aided by global warming, are moving their skip-a-year shows to a new locale—Antarctica.
The just-launched Antarctic Biennial, which artist-founder Alexander Ponomarev is calling an ‘ International socio-cultural phenomenon’ will take 100 participants by vintage research vessel to the southernmost continent in March 2017, to mull over ‘shared spaces’ like oceans, outer space, and the Antarctic. The idea has crossover appeal: In 2014 Ponomarev founded the Venice Architecture Biennale’s first supranational pavilion, featuring 15 architects. The pavilion returned the following year, for art, and again in 2016 for architecture with ANTARCTICA: RE-CYCLICAL, featuring work by Asymptote, co-founder Hani Rashid.
Gustav Duesing, Berlin-based architect and artist Sho Hasegawa, who won the Biennial’s open call at Art Basel Miami Beach will join other explorers on the expedition next year.