The art expedition will start in Ushuaia, the southernmost city of our planet, where approximately 100 participants will board the Akademik Ioffe research ship.

Alexander Ponomarev says that for these hundred people, the journey will be «a revolution that changes the direction of the vector».


Instead of the usual national pavilions, you will have the icy inaccessibility of the Antarctic continent. Instead of pompous apartments, ascetic cabins. Instead of chaotic creative wanderings, a conjunction with Nature and explosion of consciousness through discussions with scientists, futurists, and technological visionaries.

Each passenger will have a chance to take part in discussions, poetry, and philosophy workshops, as well as start designing the future in the Antarctic Biennale Vision club.

But the most important thing is that each expedition member will be an eyewitness and a contributor to the art-making process.

Expedition dates and route

March 27- April 6, 2017

Ushuaia — Drake Passage — Neko, Paradise and Orne Harbours — Cuverville Island — the Errera Channel — the Lemaire Channel — Pleneau Island — Petermann Island — Penola Strait — South Shetland Islands — Deception Island — Half Moon Island — Hannah Point or Yankee Harbour — Cape Horn.

During the journey there will be a few landings on the continent, visits to the scientific stations etc.

Antarctic Biennale SHIP

Designed and built as a scientific research vessel in Finland in 1988, this 117-meter-long ship is modern, comfortable, safe, and ice-strengthened. Recent refurbishment has improved greatly the comfort and caliber of the facilities aboard the ship and made it

a perfect, expedition cruise vessel. It has all the necessary public spaces for the planned discussion program and creative labs: presentation room, library, multimedia room, and lounge.

Onboard Program

There will be a mix of globally celebrated names and avant-garde young voices.

The expedition will visit numerous working scientific bases in Antarctica, as well as historic and natural sites. Throughout the biennale, there will be actions, performances, and debates on board the expedition vessel, the research ship Akademik Ioffe, which is conceived as a floating studio, conference and exhibition space.

In addition, during landings at various Antarctic locations, artists will temporarily install works of art, or engage in performances.

Mobility, site specificity, ecological compatibility, artistic expressiveness and conceptual acuity will condition these interventions. All installations created during the expedition will be dismantled and loaded back on the ship, for their lives to continue in the world’s leading museums and art centers.

Some of the works of art will form the Antarctic Biennale collection.