Antarctica as Cultural Critique: The Gendered Politics of by E. Glasberg

By E. Glasberg

Arguing that Antarctica is the main mediated position on the earth and therefore a fantastic position for checking out the boundaries of bio-political administration of inhabitants and position, this e-book remaps nationwide and postcolonial equipment and gives a brand new glance on a 'forgotten' continent now the focal point of ecological trouble.

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Google Earth is in a midpoint of utilizing surveillance and disembodied technologies of visualization and editing and yet relying on people/population to produce and upload the data. This is creating a distorted new empire of Antarctica that like the old version of empire remains a serviceable blank, though differently produced. Google Earth Antarctica is a new white blank, the blank of people not caring, not wanting to read the archive; or, the blank that comes when people or population is the measure of representation/visualization: the dangers of biopolitical new media.

And anyway, the US science program was growing beyond the capacity of the warren-like dugout. The old pole station was open for visitation until it was deemed too dangerous to allow visits to what has effectually become a monument encased under ice. 1 Connie Samaras, “Buried Fifties Station,” courtesy of the artist, copyright 2005. S. – vast active living intelligence system, archival inject from film. Old pole is easy to miss when scanning the ice plateau around the vicinity of the pole. Certainly it does not show up on satellite mapping; nor could users upload their pictures due to restrictions of personnel from its area.

Samaras’s “Old Pole Station” draws in the eye and centers a mystery much like the persistent myth of the “Holes at the Poles”: It transforms terminus into potential. However, Samaras founds her new hole at the Pole not on myth, but on recently obscured and constructed (if not exactly suppressed) installations—real material features of the built environment. ” Whiteout is a common and much-written-about phenomenon in polar and other ice environments by which the light overwhelms the visual capacity, creating a monochromatic flooded field in which hue, background and foreground, depth, and all other signals of conventional proprioception is lost (Fox 2005; Noble 2012).

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