antarctic times
antarctica + venice, italy
december 2016
status:
antarctic biennale
competition
project team:
josé ramos
‘Antarctic times’ is an installation proposal related to the Antarctic to be exhibited in the Antarctic Biennale in 2017 and in the Antarctic Pavillon at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018. 

 

The proposal is a display model, a walk-in installation and an awareness structure of the south pole´s time zones complexity. 

The Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is the primary time standard by which the world regulates time since 1960. The system divides the globe into 24 time zones using 12 positive and 12 negative offsets from the 0º meridian.

 

In that scheme the Antarctica is theoretically located in all of the time zones and the South Pole in particular is a point on earth "without" time. Also the cardinal directions are difficult to define: where is the South when you are in the South Pole? Without time and cardinal directions, the south pole seems to be a theoretical point on earth that can be represented as a physical exploration prototype to experience the complexity and spatiality of the geometric problem of that particular geographical position. 

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