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The Newport Art Museum will screen Captain’s Dream – Art Biennale in Antarctica on Friday, August 2 in the Museum’s Ilgenfritz Gallery located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport. A reception held from 5:30 – 6:30 will be followed by the screening at 6:30 pm, then discussion with Hani Rashid, Antarctic Biennale Co-Founder and Design Partner and John Blaffer Royall, Organizer Antarctic Biennale. Tickets to the film screening are free, however, seating is limited and reservations are recommended at newportartmuseum.org.
About the Film
The wild Russian artist and boat captain, Alexander Ponomarev, follows his bold dream to create the first Biennale in Antarctica. His vision is an expedition: a convergence of international artists and visionaries in a paramount icy backdrop, which catalyzes creation and opens a unique space for debate about the future of humanity and responsibility towards the planet.
In a borderless continent, at the beginning and end of all meridians, lunar landscapes replace curated pavilions, ascetic cabins replace luxurious suites and silence and purity replace hype and distraction. We embark on a voyage with 100 celebrated trans-disciplinary artists and scientists as they carry out ephemeral installations on shore, giving Antarctica an artistic and cultural voice for the first time. In creating a biennale at the edge of human activity, the voyage culminates in an explosion of consciousness; the realization that the Antarctic waters directly reflect distant human activities’ impact.
Guided by Ponomarev’s deep poetic voice, Captains Dream confronts contemporary visionaries to an engaging challenge: how can their artistic voices awaken the wider public to share responsibility? In our current paradigm, how can humanity collaborate to maintain peace and preserve nature in shared spaces? It all begins, as the artistic crew strives to build a legacy without leaving a trace.