Studio Orta - Antarctica World Passport | Metisse Flag

Antarctica World Passport | Metisse Flag

01 juin 2012 - 09 septembre 2012
Festival of the World, Southbank Centre, Festival - New Commission

The Southbank Centre opens the Festival of the World for the Diamond Jubilee Weekend with the unveiling of an outdoor landscape that visitors can explore for the duration of the three-month long celebrations. Bringing together artists from around the globe who are demonstrating that when people work creatively together, individual lives and communities can change for the better. Highlights include two ambitious new works from Lucy + Jorge Orta's Antarctica series: Métisse Flag and Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau.

The artists’ Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, a huge labyrinth installation of reclaimed materials inside the Southbank’s Spirit Level Gallery will issue 30,000 facsimile passport documents to the festival visitors aspiring to become a citizen of the new Antarctica world community. The applicants will join the tens of thousands of citizens who have already received an individual passport, an original artwork to be treasured and passed on the future generations as a testament to how art can change lives and what it means to be a citizen of the world.

Their second artwork, a monumental crown of flags will be raised above the roof of the Royal Festival Hall. The Métisse Flag, which was first created for their Antarctic expedition in 2007, will stand proudly over looking the river Thames as a symbol of the festival, allowing all peoples to coexist harmoniously as the nations’ emblems merge to create a larger common identity.

The Antarctic Treaty signed in 1959 states that Antarctica is a common territory dedicated to cultural and scientific cooperation and all military activity is banned. Antarctica exemplifies a community that strives for peace and social progress.