Extreme South opens
- Date: Monday, 7 July, 2014
10am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
Turnbull Gallery, level 1, National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets.
- Contact Details:
Email Fiona.Oliver@dia.govt.nz or phone 04 474 3020.
Runs from 7 July – 12 September | 10am – 5pm, Monday – Saturday | Level one
Antarctica was invented long before it was discovered – and it continues to be re-invented long after it was explored. Since its earliest conception in myth and its first ‘scientific’ postulation in the third century BC, the icy continent has been fertile ground for the imagination.
Photo by Mark Bagnall.
into the endless November light
where the mist
touches Discovery. touches
Terror, and the glaciers calve and thunder
melt-water of whatever was freezing here
a million years before Christ
- Bill Manhire, 'Hoosh'
This exhibition features some of the literary and visual responses to Antarctica from the 1500s to the present day. It draws a trajectory from early maps to literary utopias, fantastical theories, gothic horror, adventure stories, and on to the many-faceted approaches of the 20th century.
Fiona Oliver – Curator
Some Time by Gabby O'Connor
Antarctica is reinterpreted again by artist Gabby O'Connor through the iceburgs of her work Some Time. See how she made them: