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Erewhon: media, ecology, and utopia in the antipodes

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Abstract


  • On June 22, 2005, an essay by the Association of Freed Time was published in Artforum

    International. With little contextual information, "El Diaro del Fin del Mundo: A

    Journey That Wasn't" described environmental damage to the Antarctic ice shelf and

    the subsequent mutations that were occurring within the Antarctic ecosystem. One

    of these mutants was rumored to be a solitary albino penguin, living on an uncharted

    island near Marguerite Bay. The Artforum article tells of French artist Pierre Huyghe's

    journey with ten others to find the island and its mysterious inhabitant. The article

    forms the first part of an event that culminated in a musical on the Wollman ice rink

    in New York's Central Park. The expedition, film, installation, narrative, and performance

    A journey That Wasn't documents the construction of an antipodean elsewhere,

    and at the same time suspends long-held distinctions between fiction and reality.

    Questions remain over whether Huyghe and his team undertook the trip and if so

    what it was they found there.

Authors


  •   Ballard, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Erewhon: media, ecology, and utopia in the antipodes." Relive Media Art Histories. Ed.S. Cubitt & P. Thomas. London: MIT Press, 2013, 191-208.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780262019422

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2230&context=lhapapers&unstamped=1

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1225

Book Title


  • Relive Media Art Histories

Start Page


  • 191

End Page


  • 208

Place Of Publication


  • London

Abstract


  • On June 22, 2005, an essay by the Association of Freed Time was published in Artforum

    International. With little contextual information, "El Diaro del Fin del Mundo: A

    Journey That Wasn't" described environmental damage to the Antarctic ice shelf and

    the subsequent mutations that were occurring within the Antarctic ecosystem. One

    of these mutants was rumored to be a solitary albino penguin, living on an uncharted

    island near Marguerite Bay. The Artforum article tells of French artist Pierre Huyghe's

    journey with ten others to find the island and its mysterious inhabitant. The article

    forms the first part of an event that culminated in a musical on the Wollman ice rink

    in New York's Central Park. The expedition, film, installation, narrative, and performance

    A journey That Wasn't documents the construction of an antipodean elsewhere,

    and at the same time suspends long-held distinctions between fiction and reality.

    Questions remain over whether Huyghe and his team undertook the trip and if so

    what it was they found there.

Authors


  •   Ballard, Susan (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2013

Citation


  • Ballard, S. "Erewhon: media, ecology, and utopia in the antipodes." Relive Media Art Histories. Ed.S. Cubitt & P. Thomas. London: MIT Press, 2013, 191-208.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780262019422

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2230&context=lhapapers&unstamped=1

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1225

Book Title


  • Relive Media Art Histories

Start Page


  • 191

End Page


  • 208

Place Of Publication


  • London