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  • In From The Cold

    Antennae, FM transmitter, car battery, solar panel, power inverter, media player (MP3), Memorex portable handheld radios, earbuds, looping audio file (75m4s).

    In From The Cold is a radiophonic piece in 6 +1 parts, intended for continuous transmission: 0. The Ice, 1. The Ship, 2. The Thaw, 3. The Deluge & The Storm, 4. The Drowned World, 5. The New Ooze, 6. Frost. With each section, the piece maps a myth of the world's origin with Antarctica at its center.

    Through the lens of the ice continent, In From The Cold focuses on environmental shifts, our limited perception of time, and life in extreme environments. A speculation about systemic changes over millennia, the piece contrasts human existence with geological timescales. Antarctica contains a stratigraphic index of geological epochs and preserves bacteria in cryostasis over millions of years. With rapidly rising temperatures caused by climate change, the Antarctic ice sheet is a time-bomb, releasing ancient life forms into a post-human primal ooze.

    In From The Cold features Anna Kleiva and was inspired by interviews with D. Graham Burnett, Christina Agapakis, Jana Winderen, Mike Harding and Stephanie Roland.

     Listen to the interviews here:

    

    In From The Cold was presented at the Antarctic Pavilion during the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Italy.

    Credits:
    Concept, Performance, Music and Sound: Jasmin Blasco
    Engineering: Jeremy Emery
    Project Coordinator: Sierra Feldner-Shaw  

  • Jasmin Blasco's In From The Cold (review) at the Antarctic Pavilion

       

    南极洲馆中,站在个人的作品《In From the Cold》前的艺术家Jasmin Blasco
    Artist Jasmin Blasco in front of his piece In From the Cold, at the Antarctica Pavilion
     

    ANTARCTICA PAVILION 

    The Antarctica Pavilion is hosted in yet another splendid palazzo, on the southern part of the main island of Venice, facing Giudecca. It hosts a number of works by international artists, some of whom had the chance to travel to Antarctica and produce work over there. I enjoy the way works are presented on top of photographic tripods and the overall balance between lyricism and science.

    My favorite work is by LA-based artist Jasmin Blasco, a sound piece you can listen to on portable FM radios out in the garden. At a short distance from the solar powered radio transmitter and antenna that feed my radio, I sit near the canal and listen to about fifteen minutes (the total duration is an hour and a quarter) of Blasco’s improvised narration. The artist recounts a story of South Pole exploration in the early 20th Century from the perspective of the leader of the mission, but also from that of bacteria and other life forms trapped in the ice since millennia ago. The work is eerie; sentences find their way through long moments of silence, when one can hear the interference in the radio signal as well as ethereal synth chords. There are many references I connect with, from the short stories of H.P. Lovecraft to John Carpenter’s The Thing and the music of Vangelis. The piece is immersive, and I lose all sense of time and place very quickly; it’s only that annoying feeling I get in Venice, urging me to see more art and meet more people, that pushes me to come back from the Pole. 

     

    Excerpt from VIVA ARTICLE VIVA
    2017.05.26 Fri, by Girolamo Marri Translated by: 王丹艺 

  • Jasmin Blasco invited to exhibit at Antarctic Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale of Art 2017

    Jasmin Blasco invited to exhibit at Antarctic Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale of Art 2017

    Winners of the Antarctic Biennale Open Call are announced:

    On December 1st during Art Basel Miami Beach the results of the Antarctic Biennale Open Call for young artists were announced. The first prize, an invitation to join a group of distinguished artists, scientists and visionaries on an expedition to the Southern Continent in March 2017, to realize a proposed artwork, went to two applicants – the artist from Japan Sho Hasegawa and the architect from Germany Gustav Dusing.

    The names of the 15 finalists, who are invited to exhibit their artwork at the Antarctic Pavilion during the 57th Venice Biennale of Art 2017, were revealed: Bridget Steed (UK); Andreas Lutz (Germany), Stephanie Roland (Belgium), Kim Sheppard (Canada), Jacob Harper (USA), Stefan Laxness (Iceland), Jasmin Blasco (France), Winston Chmielinski (USA), Tom Blake (Australia), Matilde Solbiati (Italy), Louise Oates (UK), Meadhbh O’Connor (Ireland), Valentine Siboni (France), Sybren Renema (Netherlands), Ariel Spadari (Brazil).