All events take place at:
The Antarctic Pavilion
Fondaco Marcello
Calle dei Garzoni
Grand Canal
(see Location page for travel advice)

Press Preview:
May 26, 2016, 3pm, with an exhibition tour from Hani Rashid

Panel discussion:
May 27th, 5pm

May 27, 2016, 6pm

Barbara Imhof
Barbara Imhof is a space architect, researcher and radio-journalist. She is also the co-founder and co-manager of LIQUIFER Systems Group (LSG). LSG comprises experts from the fields of architecture, design, human factors, systems engineering, physics and space technology. Their space related projects focus on feasibility and scenario studies as well as mock-ups and prototypes for clients such as the European Space Agency, the EU-framework programmes and the European space industry.

As project lead for LSG Barbara Imhof currently works on the EU–FP 7 project SHEE Self-deployable habitat for extreme environments, the first built European simulation habitat. She also works on MOONWALK, another EU-FP 7 space technology development project for Human-Robot Collaboration including two simulation missions in Rio Tinto and subsea. Barbara Imhof is further theCo project manager of the biomimetics and arts-based research project “GrAB–Growing As Building” which is situated at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna.

Edward Jung
Edward Jung is Founder & Chief Technology Officer of Intellectual Ventures. Jung founded Intellectual Ventures in 2000 after leaving Microsoft Corporation where he was chief architect and advisor to executive staff.  At Intellectual Ventures, he also serves as the chief technology officer, setting strategic technology and new business models for the company. At Microsoft, Mr. Jung managed projects relating to web platforms, semantic web technology, intelligent operating systems, adaptive user interfaces and artificial intelligence. He co-founded many Microsoft teams including Windows NT, Microsoft Research, mobile and consumer products, and web services. Before joining Microsoft in February 1990, Mr. Jung founded the Deep Thought Group, working on neural network chips for learning and parallel computation. His biomedical research work in the 1980s in protein structure and function was published in several journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and the Journal of Biochemistry.

An avid inventor, Mr. Jung holds more than 900 patents worldwide and has over 500 patent applications pending. His inventions are in the areas of biomedicine, computing, networking, energy, and material sciences. Mr. Jung has served as an advisor to Harvard Medical School, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Institute for Systems Biology and consulted to the Asia Pacific Federation, the Aspen Institute, the China Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the World Health Organization.

David Benjamin
David Benjamin is Principal The Living and Assistant Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. The Living explores the architecture of the future through building it today. We bring new technologies to life in the built environment, and we have a passion for integrating design innovation, sustainability, and the public realm. We believe cities and buildings are living, breathing organisms. And in the context of rapid change and new urban challenges, we propose that design should be a living, breathing ecosystem. Within this design ecosystem, we work on multiple scales simultaneously. We anticipate and welcome rapid change. We embrace design with uncertainty, design with rules rather than fixed forms, and design with shifting and unknowable forces. Clients include the City of New York, Airbus, 3M, Quantified Self, and Miami Science Museum. Recent projects include the Princeton Architecture Laboratory (a new building for research on robotics and next-generation design and construction technologies), Hy-Fi (a branching tower in the courtyard of MoMA PS1 created with almost no waste, no energy, and no carbon emissions), Pier 35 EcoPark (a 200-foot floating pier in the East River that changes color according to water quality), and Architecture Bio-synthesis (a new process of bio computation and bio-manufacturing to produce high-performance, sustainable materials through synthetic biology).

Alexander Ponomarev
Alexander Ponomarev graduated from the USSR Nautical Engineering College in 1979, following a period at the Orel Art School. While serving in the naval fleets of Russia he carried out a number of artistic projects at sea, as well as in the Arctic, Greenland, and Antarctica. After leaving the navy, he spent more than 30 years carrying out more than 100 exhibitions and artistic projects in Russian and foreign museums, exhibition centers, and galleries. His projects are accepted and supported by the State Tretyakov Gallery (Russia), the State Russian Museum (Russia), the Louvre Museum (France), the New National Museum of Monaco, the National Museum of Contemporary Art Georges Pompidou (France), the Museum of Science and Technology, Paris (France), the National Museum of Singapore, the Art Museum of Picardie (France), the Louise T Blouin Foundation (London), the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Grand Duke (Luxembourg), etc. At the invitation of the Ministry of Culture of France, he carried out a project in the Cathedral of San Luis Salpetrier in Paris. In 2007, he represented Russia at the 52nd Biennale di Venezia and in 2009 docked his handmade submarine, SubTiziano, on the Grand Canal as an Official Collateral Project of the 53rd Biennale. He is a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2008, the French government named him an 'Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters'.

Alexander came with an idea of the Antarctic Biennale in 2011, as a part of its agenda he initiated the Antarctic Pavilion in Venice in 2014. The announcement of Antarctic Biennale was made on April 18th, 2016, in New York. The expedition itself will happen in March 2017. In 2007, he represented the Russian Federation at the 52nd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venice. In 2009, he implemented a special project, "Subtiziano (ascent submarine in the Grand Canal)" at the 53rd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Venice. He is a Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Arts. In 2008 the French government named him an "Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters" (Officier d'ordre des Arts et des Lettres). As of 2008 he lives and works in Moscow.

Hani Rashid
Hani Rashid is the design partner at Asymptote Architecture New York. Since its inception in 1989, Asymptote has received awards for visionary building construction, master planning, art installations, exhibitions, product design as well as spatial landmark for digital environments. Since October 2011 Rashid has been a professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Hani has achieved a distinguished international academic career that includes visiting professorships at numerous universities including the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich. As Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture he co-developed the school’s  Advanced Digital Design program in 1991 and co founded the Paperless Design Studios in 1996. Hani Rashid has held the Kenzo Tange Chair for Architecture at Harvard and served on the steering committee for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Today Hani leads a research department ‘Deep-Futures’ at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna Austria. In 2000 Hani Rashid co-represented the United States at the 7th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2004 he was awarded the Chair to the Cátedra Luis Barragán in Monterrey, Mexico. He received a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Asymptote Architecture was awarded the prestigious Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and the Arts in recognition of exceptional contributions to the progress and merging of art and architecture.