Commissioned by the British Council and curated by the Arts Catalyst, Ice Lab is a new international touring exhibition that illustrates how innovative contemporary architecture is enabling scientists to live and work in one of the most extreme environments on our planet.
The exhibition features five imaginative designs for Antarctic research stations from the newly opened British Antarctic Survey’s Halley VI Research station to the speculative Iceberg Living Station. Ice Lab includes architectural drawings, models, photographs and films that give the visitor a sense of what it takes to live and work in Antarctica. Sources of inspiration for the projects including original drawings from Archigram’s ‘Walking City’ are on display as well as a newly commissioned light and audio work by international visual artist Torsten Lauschmann.
The exhibition design was influenced by the vivid colours in the exhibited imagery and other-worldly disquiet of Herbert Ponting’s use of colour tinting in 1920s film The Great White Silence. We combined this visual wonderland with carefully machined aluminium fixing toggles and pins to capture a vivid and resourceful aesthetic that resonates with contemporary Antarctic architecture and science.
The exhibition launched at The Lighthouse, Glasgow before touring internationally in 2014.