We are pleased to introduce one of the most unusual art biennales in history, the Antarctic Biennale, to be held aboard a ship. Alexander Ponomarev, the first Antarctic Biennale’s ideologist and commissioner, bases the project on the principles of inter-cultural dialogue, interdisciplinarity, and supranationalism.
The Antarctic Biennale’s creative core will be formed around a mix of global and up-and-coming artists.
Each expedition member will participate in a variety of events on board the ship: art, science and technology discussions; poetry and philosophy workshops; intellectual club meetings, and more. The research ship will be transformed into a floating creative laboratory, where several continuously renewed exhibitions will be arranged. After the voyage ends, the completed projects will be demonstrated in leading international museums and cultural centers across the globe.
The guest speaker for the evening will be Hani Rashid, a architect and artist with a notable portfolio of futuristic mega-projects around the planet. He explores fragile boundaries between virtual and physical worlds. He is the design partner and co-founder of Asymptote Architecture New York, which, since its inception in 1989, has received numerous awards for visionary building design and completed works, master planning, art installations and digital environments. Asymptote Architecture was awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture. Hani Rashid with partner Lise Anne Couture are currently designing the Hermitage Modern Contemporary Museum in Moscow which will open in the spring of 2018.
Since October 2011, Rashid has been a professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Hani has achieved a distinguished international academic career that includes visiting professorships at numerous universities including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. As Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, he co-developed the school’s Advanced Digital Design program in 1991 and co-founded the Paperless Design Studios in 1996. Hani Rashid has held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard and served on the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Today Hani leads a research department ‘Deep-Futures’ at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna Austria.
Please join us in the Grand Gallery for a presentation and discussion on this revolutionary new art movement.