Antarctica World Passport Delivery Village

Date: 2012 - 2014
Ref: 5079
Materials: Four cabin constructions in reclaimed materials, wood, mirrors, lacquered glass, various objects, Antarctica flag, washing line with clothing, online passport inscription bureau, Antarctica World Passport edition
Dimensions: Approx. 730 x 730 x 300h cm
Exhibition history: 2014 Parc de la Villette, Paris, France; 2012 Shanghai Biennale, China
Courtesy: Lucy + Jorge Orta

The Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau is a public engagement artwork that invites to visitors to register for the Antarctica World Passport, and become members of the ever-growing Antarctica World community. During exhibitions of the artists’ work, customs officers from around the world distribute facsimile passports to passers-by. With over 50,000 passports now in circulation, the Antarctica World Passport embodies the notion of Operational Aesthetics, mobilizing citizens to take action against the disaterous effects of global warming and to strive for peace, both of which threaten the Antarctic.

The collection of huts constructed from reclaimed materials and erected on stilts, serve as a distribution point for the Antarctica World Passport. The interconnected raised platform keeps passport citizens safe from potential flooding: it is estimated that sea levels will rise 0.5 to 1.4 meters over the next 100 years due to the effects of global warming!

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