The Oceanographic Museum is a massive stone building, cleaved into an imposing cliff called Le Rocher
("The Rock"), along the Hitchcock-ian coastline of Monaco's Riviera. Over the course of several recent sunny April days, the museum opened "Oceanomania," a large-scale Mark Dion exhibition and curatorial endeavor that uses the sea as both a territory of biological discovery and mythological archetype.
With one of the largest marine life aquariums in the world, the Oceanographic Museum was the pet project of Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848–1922), a sea adventurer, early innovator in the science of oceanography, and great-great grandfather of the current sovereign of Monaco, Prince Albert II. With the charge to "combine art and science," the museum opened to the public in 1910. Read More
"Come into the dark, we can't see anything and we have never been to Antarctica," invites Vito Acconci in his "Antarctica of the Mind," (2004) a building proposal for the Halley II Research Station in Antarctica. Though Acconci's proposal, which functions more as a poem than a traditional plan, was never realized, in his first show at New York's Maccarone, My Flesh to Your Bare Bones: A Duet With Vito Acconci,
American artist Oscar Tuazon attempted to build the imagined Antarctic research station. Read More