Antarctica as Cultural Critique: The Gendered Politics of by E. Glasberg

By E. Glasberg

Arguing that Antarctica is the main mediated position in the world and therefore an amazing situation for checking out the bounds of bio-political administration of inhabitants and position, this ebook remaps nationwide and postcolonial equipment and gives a brand new glance on a 'forgotten' continent now the focal point of ecological difficulty.

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To this extent, they are not natural and in fact are produced within networks of culture and politics. Blackout, then, names the visual effect at the nexus of optics, the human body, the extreme environment of ice, and geopolitical power. Another site not available through either conventional or Google Earth mapping is the nuclear power plant built in 1961–2 by the US Navy to serve McMurdo station’s energy needs. “Nukey Poo,” as the Navy workers named it, or PM-3A, the Martin Co. (early Lockheed-Martin) portable, medium output nuclear plant never lived up to its utopian post-WWII promise to provide cheap and efficient fuel.

How then does one begin to think of this last-discovered and least-known continent as a proper subject of globalization? From Roald Amundsen of Norway and Sir Robert F. ” Once the globe is figured in its totality, in what is now a commonplace of mass-mediated imagery (an isolated sphere hung in celestial space), one way to manage modernity’s gesture of arrival and progress is to imagine the place beyond, to gaze back at an earth left behind. Antarctica as the last place on earth is also, then, the first place for the technological development of new representational practices, new modes of exploratory knowledge, and new ways of tying the unusable (or wasted) earth to the engines of capital accumulation that have propelled us into transnational global exchange.

Google Earth most perniciously manages to close off official and/ or traditional forms of protest. Ironically, Fend’s Ocean Earth project suggests a collusion of elite art, big science, and corporate strategies of capitalization to counter mindless populism of a neoliberal consumerdriven world drowning in data it revels in producing and amassing, yet has no will to read. Blank Maps and Black Sites The map of Antarctica that emerges from Google Earth satellite– citizen nexus may be constructed by technologies of vision and networking unavailable to earlier centuries.

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