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Eugene Kaspersky among group of artists, scientists and technology visionaries exploring the future of humanity and culture in Antarctica
Woburn, MA – January 27, 2017 – Kaspersky Lab today announced that its Chairman and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, will support and join the first ever Antarctic Biennale, a creative journey that brings together artists, scientists and technology visionaries from all over the world, to explore and create a cultural future for Antarctica.
Antarctic Biennale will take participants on a 12-day, round-trip expedition from Argentina to the Antarctic. With support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the journey will start on March 16 in Ushuaia, the world’s southernmost city, where participants will board a ship named “Akademik Ioffe.”
Commenting on his upcoming journey to Antarctica with the Biennale, Eugene Kaspersky, Chairman and CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: “We have supported Antarctic expeditions in the past, but this will be the biggest project for us on the continent. I think it will be a fascinating endeavor and I made my decision to support it when I saw the genuine passion from the organizers. The Antarctic is like no other place on earth; it’s a shared continent without borders that’s both beautiful and fragile in its barely inhabitable wilderness. I’ve already been there – and I think it’s a place that provides plenty of inspiration for artistic exploration and expression. I’m really excited to be participating in the expedition, and I’m looking forward to all the art it will produce.”
During landings at various Antarctic locations, artists will temporarily install works of art or host performances. Key themes of the art exhibits include mobility, proportionality to the space, ecological compatibility, artistic expressiveness and conceptual acuity. All installations created during the expedition will be dismantled and loaded back onto the ship, to be placed in leading art museums around the world. Among the artists joining the Antarctic Biennale are Tomas Saraceno, Zhang Enli, Lara Favaretto, Matthew Ritchie and Hani Rashid.
“Antarctica is the last truly free space and a model for the future; and according to the Antarctic Treaty (1959) and related international agreements, it is intended exclusively for creative activities and scientific research in the interests of all humanity,” said Alexander Ponomarev, the project’s leader and an avid artist, sailor and philosopher. “Antarctica is the continent that can encourage people to think about the future of humanity and culture, providing an opportunity to create new ways of seeing life on our planet.”
About the Antarctic Biennale
The Antarctic Biennale is a project initiated by the artist, sailor, and philosopher Alexander Ponomarev, who has conducted several expeditions to Antarctica. Ponomarev has organized more than 100 artistic projects, exhibitions, and events. The Antarctic Biennale aims to create an intercultural and interdisciplinary platform for effective performance and communication in areas with limited resources, as well as social and natural constraints – places at the frontier of humanity. Learn more at www.antarcticbiennale.com.
About Kaspersky Lab
Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.
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