Louisa King and Tamsin Salehian
Signs, ice, trembling. She wailed—is she ill? Five days ago the West Antarctic temperature rose above 20C for the first time on record. The melting ice reveals new worlds of potential: some violent, some affirmative. Ocean currents, distance and temperature which once kept the Southern Antarctic Oceans shielded from invasion by Pacific or Atlantic flotsam are now collapsing. As more than one million giant red crabs last year colonised the Palmer Deep; they will feast upon the soft-bodied sea creatures who have enjoyed predictor free water since the Miocene. As the permafrost melts, the vectors of deadly infections of the 18th and 19th Centuries return to the atmosphere. Because of its remoteness, even by Antarctic standards, most of West Antarctica (the portion east of 150°W) has not been claimed by any sovereign state. It is by the largest single unclaimed territory on Earth: 150 degrees west to 90 degrees west give or take a degree or two. The studio Antarctica; In Excess of Tipping Points reorientates a new politics of ice. How might multispecies flourishing become the next cartographic project? How do you chart the distributed politics of climate injustice? How do we operate at the territorial scale to promote ‘worlding’ practices, facilitate the Autre-mondialisation of human and non-human worlds? We will map. We will construct the unconscious, dormant potential of the cryosphere. We will track the meetings and mutations set adrift by the unfolding transfiguration of the Earth. We will make new treaty claims for West Antarctica for multispecies flourishing, acceleration and the second coming of Panthalassa.
Atlas for Unclaimed Territories – Briar Lucas & Hossam Elregily
Endolith Prediction Video – Georgia Jamison & Patrick Fitz-Hayes