Antarctic Convergence demonstrates the diversity of experience one can have across the Antarctic continent with artworks generated through first hand encounters with the frozen continent. Artworks have also been created from the translation of scientific data measuring atmospheric or oceanic conditions and variations. In our 2012 program, these works combine to provide a rich and diverse encounter of this remote location few people have the chance to experience.
2012 marks the centenary of Sir Douglas Mawson’s famous expedition to Antarctica in which he surveyed a large tract of the continent directly south of Australia while enduring unimaginable hardship. His fearlessness and determination to discover new knowledge about this remarkable place laid the foundation for the strong bond that exists between Australia and Antarctica. It seems apt then to use a mechanism like Antarctic Convergence to advance our understanding of the southern polar region and to explore how art can be used to interrogate one of the most isolated, hazardous yet environmentally rich continents on earth.
Lawrence English and Dr Philip Samartzis