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.