Antarctica, An Absent Presence

An Absent Presence





  • Antarctica
  • An Absent Presence (Thames and Hudson)
  • Philip Samartzis

Antarctica is a paradox of the sublime and prosaic: with its vast expanses of ice, snow and mountains—and traces of human habitation, from weathered huts to abandoned machinery. It is a blank space bordered by nothingness concealing a confounding set of encounters for those fortunate enough to breach its frozen perimeter. This book is an invitation to share in a remarkable journey to a place that is for all intents and purposes simply incomprehensible. The book is accompanied by two CDs of soundscape compositions documenting natural and anthropogenic characteristics of the frozen continent and its surrounding ocean.

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