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Ice Lab Halley VI  © A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

Halley VI © A.Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica

Commissioned by the British Council and curated by The Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica is a new international touring exhibition that illustrates how innovative contemporary architecture is enabling scientists to live and work in one of the most extreme environments on our planet.

Designed by London-based collective We Made That with graphics by design studio OK-RM, the exhibition features five intriguing proposals for Antarctic research stations. Ranging in scale, Ice Lab includes International Polar Foundation’s Princess Elisabeth Antarctica (Belgium), Hugh Broughton Architects’ British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI (UK), bof architekten’s Bharati Research Station (India), Space Group’s Jang Bogo (South Korea) and the speculative subterranean, compacted snow Iceberg Living Station by David A. Garcia / MAP Architects (Denmark). 

The exhibition showcases architectural drawings, models, photographs and films, offering visitors a unique insight into architecture alongside pioneering scientific developments, from drilling ice cores whose bubbles of ancient air reveal the earth’s climate history to studying its Dry Valleys. Archigram’s Walking City and two new light and audio commissions, Whistlers and Ice Diamond, by Glasgow-based visual artist Torsten Lauschmann form a body of inspirational and imaginative work.

Ice Lab’s cross-disciplinary, international focus is captured in an accompanying publication ­– which can be downloaded as an e-book – and extensive events programme.

Ice Lab at Otago Museum

(C) Otago Museum

(C) Otago Museum
(C) Otago Museum

(C) Otago Museum
(C) Otago Museum

(C) Otago Museum

1 February 2015

We are pleased to share these images of our international touring exhibition Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica which has been running at Otago Museum in Dunedin, New Zealand since December 2014.

Commissioned by the British Council and curated by the Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab is the first exhibition of its kind, featuring architectural drawings, models, photographs and films that give the visitor a sense of what it takes to live and work in Antarctica.

As part of the events programme surrounding Ice Lab, Otago Museum have invited Dunedin artist, writer and independent researcher Claire Beynon to present her experiences of living in her very own “ice lab”. Throughout two summer research seasons in Antarctica, Claire accompanied scientists and divers working with American polar biologist and protistologist Dr Samuel Bowser. Throughout this presentation she will reflect on these life changing experiences, told through stories and images from her time on the ice, including an ongoing series of collaborative work in the fascinating field of art-science.  

In This Place, Silence Has a Voice by Claire Beynon will take place on Thursday 19 February at 5.30pm. For more information please visit the Otago Museum website.

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica is at Otago Museum until 1 March 2015.

The e-book is available to download here.  

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Exhibition

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New Zealand

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Architecture
Exhibition

1 February 2015

Ice Lab at Otago Museum

Ice Lab at Otago Museum (C) Otago Museum

(C) Otago Museum

30 September 2014

Ice Lab Opens in New Zealand

Ice Lab Opens in New Zealand  Architect Impression, Jang Bogo, Space Group and KOPRI

Architect Impression, Jang Bogo, Space Group and KOPRI

9 January 2014

Ice Lab Extended at MOSI, Manchester until March 2

Ice Lab Extended at MOSI, Manchester until March 2  © wearetape

© wearetape

20 October 2013

Ice Lab Opens at Manchester Science Festival

Ice Lab Opens at Manchester Science Festival Bharati Research Station by bof Architekten/IMS. Image Courtesy of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research

Bharati Research Station by bof Architekten/IMS. Image Courtesy of National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research

18 September 2013

Ice Lab Pecha Kucha

Ice Lab Pecha Kucha Architect Impression, Jang Bogo, Space Group and KOPRI

Architect Impression, Jang Bogo, Space Group and KOPRI

25 July 2013

Ice Lab Opens

Ice Lab Opens Photo: McAteer Photography

Photo: McAteer Photography

25 July 2013

Ice Lab: events programme

Ice Lab: events programme  Halley VI. Copyright A. Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

Halley VI. Copyright A. Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

21 May 2013

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica

Ice Lab: New Architecture and Science in Antarctica  Halley VI.  Copyright A. Dubber, British Antarctic Survey

Halley VI. Copyright A. Dubber, British Antarctic Survey