Move over Venice, Antarctica has its own Biennale

In what may very well be the first episode of our planet’s final season, 100 men and women of the arts and sciences are headed south, to turn the page on a story we all need to hear.

Antarctica — the Final Frontier. The melting edge of the Earth. A place filled with beauty, mystery, wealth and promise. The imminent destination that could help save mankind, but needs us to save it first.

Alexander Ponomarev knows all of this. He’s taken it this far, and it’s finally coming into fruition.

He has a ship: the Akademik Ioffe. He has a date in mind: March 27, 2017. He’s spent the last few months rounding up his companions: the great minds and wilful spirits that’ll be on board.

The goal: to cultivate a shared vision of a “universal cultural future for Antarctica” as the project’s official website declares, through interdisciplinary events and activities on board the boat, such as discussions, poetry, and philosophy workshops, and future problem solving.

Plus, during landings at various Antarctic locations, artists will install temporary artworks and do performances. Of course, as this is an ecologically-minded event, all the art will be dismantled and take it home.

Ponomarev, a nautical engineer and Russian Navy veteran, will be joined by architect Hani Rashid (Asymptote Architecture, New York and Vienna) and Alena Ivanova-Johanson (geneticist and artist), among others.

The open call is still open for artists of any medium aged 18-35.

“We put meat on the bone, and we give things a seductive and participatory aesthetic that people can sink their teeth in,” says Rashid. “Architects, on the visionary level, have had to serve that kind of goal, to give people a view of the future in some kind of a palpable, consumable way so they can understand it. Without us, it’s just a world designed by scientists.”

Thus, the onus is on the team that’ll set sail next year from Ushuaia in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. The world awaits the products of their conversations and collaborations.

Learn more about the project by clicking the link below.