Street Exposition and Video Mapping Festival ArtAntarctica

14 December 2020

From December 27, 2020 to January 27, 2021, the ArtAntarctica project, created by the Museum Line project team in partnership with the ARKI creative workshop, will be presented in St. Petersburg.

It is dedicated to the 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica by the Russian navigators Faddey Bellingshausen and Mikhail Lazarev.

The center of the street exposition will be a large-scale mapping installation in the form of a luminous iceberg, located on Truda Square next to the Central Naval Museum and New Holland island. A unique video-mapping festival will be held on the surfaces of the glass installation, dedicated to the discovery and exploration of the southernmost continent of the planet, round-the-world travel and the role of our city in the development of world geographical science.

It's worth reminding that the legendary expedition led by Bellingshausen and Lazarev began in St. Petersburg: on July 4, 1819, the sloops "Vostok" and "Mirny" left Kronstadt.

An ambitious art experiment in St. Petersburg - ArtAntarctica - will offer visitors of the open-air exhibition a kind of journey through time: creators and artists will allow spectators to return to the era of the discovery of Antarctica, reminding them of the feat of Russian sailors.

“The object of the ArtAntarctica project is an experiment in connecting contemporary art with the historical urban environment. The volumetric comprehension of the creative task in the cultural, technocratic, historical and socio-cultural context is made by authors from different countries of the world. The artistic part of the project is organically combined with popular science and information ones, science and art act as two inseparable parts of the human perception of the world, creating a holistic and voluminous picture. This is an international artistic study using modern technologies, such as image generation using neural networks, working with procedurally generated graphics and sound,” comments Daria Shkeleva, curator of the ArtAntarctica project.

The ArtAntarctica exhibition consists of 4 multimedia parts: a historical film dedicated to the discovery and development of Antarctica by Russian sailors; video performances by contemporary artists, including Decol (Turkey), Maotik (France), Pavel Pepperstein (Russia), Lisandro Sabio (Argentina), Lichtpfad, (Germany), Mar Namihira and Aldo Cañedo (Mexico), Tonoptik (Russia), Andrey Svibovich (Russia), Martin Bricelj Baraga (Slovenia), Fraction (France); works of the winners of the International Online Competition for Children's Drawings “2020 - THE YEAR OF THE 200TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE OPENING OF ANTARCTIC” (participants of the competition are children from more than 20 countries of the world); as well as an independent multimedia image of an iceberg-crystal.

The technical innovation of the ArtAntarctica object occurs due to the fact that for the first time the video will be broadcast from within a volumetric installation, on all its sides simultaneously. As usual, video-mapping festivals perform images that are broadcasted on a flat surface or building facade and are not designed for volumetric perception. Video performances will be broadcasted in a specific chronological order in the evening and at night, which will avoid crowds of spectators.

The ArtAntarctica exhibition is being realized as part of the Museum Line program (The Manege Central Exhibition Hall), designed to create interactive cultural spaces and reinterpret the urban environment.

The Museum Line project was initiated by the Manege to present contemporary art to the city; to combine the classic urban environment of St. Petersburg with modern sculpture, installations and interactive objects. The experience of our previous projects has shown that the audience is ready for new emotions and discoveries. The ArtAntarctica project fits perfectly into the New Year's atmosphere of the city - a huge iceberg will become a sphere for broadcasting a video about the discovery and exploration of Antarctica. The synthesis of contemporary art, new approaches and methods of exhibiting makes it possible to expand the museum space and make cultural projects accessible and safe,” says Anna Yalova, Manezh's deputy director for development, head of the Museum Line project.

In January 2021, the project organizers will also present a parallel educational program dedicated to the exhibition and festival. Spectators will be able to see online broadcasts of artists' public talks and a panel discussion with all the authors of the project. The educational program will take place on Manezh's online platforms.