Antarctic Thought Experiment
Antarctic Thought Experiment departs from initial dialogues with academics who have never visited their object of study – Antarctica. Alexander Stevenson interrogates popular imaginaries of Antarctic ‘culture’: explorer journals, horror movies, nature documentaries and other human observations.
Stevenson’s knitted props, costumes and sets have an allegorical relationship to colonial
fantasies which obscure and entangle Antarctica. A white western explorer figure who
appears at the outset undergoes subsequent mutations in form and colour. Sticky white
masking fluid and dirty grey wool contrast with livid red ocean and ice. They switch places
repeatedly, so that eventually it is unclear which aspect is describing Antarctica and which is