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Introduction


Antarctica

An immersive exhibition at musée des Confluences
From April 26th 2016 to April 17th 2017

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Introduction


Antarctica

An immersive exhibition at musée des Confluences
From April 26th 2016 to April 17th 2017

 

Prepare yourself for a journey to Antarctica, that land that is only accessible to international scientific missions. A world premiere, the exhibition invites you to enter the beauty of this oasis of ice: dive into the depths of the Antarctic ocean and walk on the ice fields in order to discover the incredible biodiversity of the white continent.

In 2015, ten years after The March of the Penguins, the director Luc Jacquet, accompanied by two photographers, Vincent Munier and Laurent Ballesta led a polar expedition unique in the world.

The meeting between the expedition's teams and the museum gave rise to a sensitive and unprecedented exhibition, a real ode to polar biodiversity.

An exhibition co-designed by the musée des Confluences and Wild-Touch. With the support of Blancpain and in the partnership with Paprika Films, Andromeda, ARTE, IPEV, TAAF, CNRS.

 
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The exhibition trail in brief



The exhibition trail in brief

After the cloakroom where the men engage in long and meticulous preparations, you are invited to dive next to Weddell seals and emperor penguins in Adélie Land into the depths of the Southern Ocean. Submerged, guided by the divers, you will discover the teeming life of deep water. Returning to the surface, you will step onto the ice. Surrounded on all sides by screens several metres high, you will be present at scenes of the daily life of colonies of penguins, lost in contemplation of the beauty of the ice which stretches out as far as the eye can see.

The exhibition trail in brief



The exhibition trail in brief

After the cloakroom where the men engage in long and meticulous preparations, you are invited to dive next to Weddell seals and emperor penguins in Adélie Land into the depths of the Southern Ocean. Submerged, guided by the divers, you will discover the teeming life of deep water. Returning to the surface, you will step onto the ice. Surrounded on all sides by screens several metres high, you will be present at scenes of the daily life of colonies of penguins, lost in contemplation of the beauty of the ice which stretches out as far as the eye can see.

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The cloakroom


The cloakroom

On entering the cloakroom, the first stage of the exhibition, sheltered from the gusts of wind that can be heard in the room, you discover some of the specific equipment used by the members of the expedition, adapted to the ruggedness of the elements.

The cloakroom


The cloakroom

On entering the cloakroom, the first stage of the exhibition, sheltered from the gusts of wind that can be heard in the room, you discover some of the specific equipment used by the members of the expedition, adapted to the ruggedness of the elements.

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The dive


The dive

Let’s jump in the water! Two video screens side by side, showing respectively the pictures of a diver preparing for immersion and the animals that live on the ice ready to throw themselves into water with a temperature of -2°. A little further on, it’s your turn to dive into the ocean. Penetrating into a dark space from whence emanate subaquatic sounds – bubbles, motions of the water -, you discovers on a big screen underwater images this time showing animals and divers under the water.

The dive


The dive

Let’s jump in the water! Two video screens side by side, showing respectively the pictures of a diver preparing for immersion and the animals that live on the ice ready to throw themselves into water with a temperature of -2°. A little further on, it’s your turn to dive into the ocean. Penetrating into a dark space from whence emanate subaquatic sounds – bubbles, motions of the water -, you discovers on a big screen underwater images this time showing animals and divers under the water.

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Under the ice


Under the ice

Passing your head through the holes of a wall to find himself, in a series of short films, at the heart of a fairy-tale universe, whose dimensions, contours and lights are disconcerting. You discovers a fauna and a teeming underwater flora: anemones and starfish, jellyfish, strange fish and crustaceans parade among rocks, corals and giant algae. This colourful world is reminiscent of the coral reefs in warm seas. Certain species are so rare that they have never been observed before in their natural environment.

Under the ice


Under the ice

Passing your head through the holes of a wall to find himself, in a series of short films, at the heart of a fairy-tale universe, whose dimensions, contours and lights are disconcerting. You discovers a fauna and a teeming underwater flora: anemones and starfish, jellyfish, strange fish and crustaceans parade among rocks, corals and giant algae. This colourful world is reminiscent of the coral reefs in warm seas. Certain species are so rare that they have never been observed before in their natural environment.

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Return to the ice


Return to the ice
In a room entirely equipped with giant screens disposed all around it, with the sound of the wind and the cries of the birds, you are truly right in the middle of the ice. Surrounded by sumptuous landscapes of ice floes silhouetted against the sky, expanses of ice as far as the eye can see, you are up in the gallery to pay particular attention to a colony of emperor penguins at different stages of their life.

Return to the ice


Return to the ice
In a room entirely equipped with giant screens disposed all around it, with the sound of the wind and the cries of the birds, you are truly right in the middle of the ice. Surrounded by sumptuous landscapes of ice floes silhouetted against the sky, expanses of ice as far as the eye can see, you are up in the gallery to pay particular attention to a colony of emperor penguins at different stages of their life.

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Practical information


Practical information

Access, opening hours, rates, ticketing... everything you need to know to prepare your visit.

Practical information


Practical information

Access, opening hours, rates, ticketing... everything you need to know to prepare your visit.

Getting Here

Musée des Confluences, 86 quai Perrache, 69285 Lyon cedex 02
Public transport : Stop – musée des Confluences / Tram — T1 / Bus — C7, C10, 15, 63 / Car — Parking Musée des Confluences, Parking Tony Garnier

Contact

T. +33 (0)4 28 38 11 90
contact@museedesconfluences.fr

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday : 11:00 am - 07:00 pm
Thursday : 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays : 10 am – 7 pm, except 2016 May 5th and 2016 July 14th : 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed Mondays and 1 January, 1 May, 25 December
Ticket offices close 6:15 pm | Thursday at 9:15 pm
Open on Easter Monday, March 28, 2016, and Whit Monday, May 16, 2015

Rates

Permanent and temporary exhibitions
Individuals
€9: full price
€6: reduced price
€5: price for young adults aged 18-25
Free, on presentation of valid evidence, for children under 18, schoolchildren, students and apprentices under 26, holders of the ICOM card and the press card, and tour guides.
Reduced rates for everyone from 17:00 (tickets purchased on site only).

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Luc Jacquet


Luc Jacquet

Luc Jacquet


Luc Jacquet

After completing higher studies in biology it was following on from fourteen months of wintering in Antarctica, in the French Dumont d’Urville Station, that Luc Jacquet discovered his two great passions: taking pictures and scientific mediation.
His first full-length feature, “March of the Penguins”, was watched by more than 35 million people throughout the world. It was crowned by numerous awards including the prestigious Academy Award or Oscar for Best Film Documentary in 2006.
In 2010 he founded the Wild-Touch Association with the will to act to conserve nature through the emotion provided by pictures and cinema. In 2014 Luc Jacquet pursued his cinematographic adventure side by side with the highly skilled glaciologist Claude Lorius by directing a new full-length feature film “Ice and the Sky”, out on screens in the autumn of 2015. This project is accompanied by an ambitious transmedia programme, carried by the Association, on the major theme of climate change.
Today, Luc Jacquet is working with Wild-Touch on a global and large scale artistic project centring on biodiversity: “The Flow of Life”, 5 expeditions to tell of how each living being on the planet is connected to the others and of which the first panel is Antarctica.

www.luc-jacquet.com

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Laurent Ballesta


Laurent Ballesta

Laurent Ballesta


Laurent Ballesta

Diver and nature photographer, he is also the founder of the association “The Eye of Andromeda” whose aim is to associate science and image in one single teaching strategy.
Curious and determined, Laurent Ballesta is passionate about extreme diving and is developing tools and techniques allowing people to dive safely at great depths. One of his recent expeditions allowed him to approach and photograph at a depth of 120 metres a rare species that had been believed extinct: The Coelacanth.
Having won numerous prizes at the World Festival of the Underwater Image in Antibes, the Senate paid tribute to him in 2006 with a public photographic exhibition on the grilles of the Luxemburg Gardens in Paris, entitled “Planète Mers” [Planet Seas].

www.andromede-ocean.com

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Vincent Munier


Vincent Munier

Vincent Munier


Vincent Munier

Passionate about wild wide open spaces, extreme traveller Vincent Munier has chosen the photograph as a tool to express his dreams, his emotions and his encounters.
A professional photographer, he is the author of several books and his pictures are the subject of exhibitions and publications all over the world. Inspired by Japanese painters and minimalist art, his work portrays the animal at the heart of its environment.
Vincent Munier has won numerous awards since 2000 in the “BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year” competition and the prize of “Legendary Photographer of the Nikon Corporation”. He is recognized as one of the “10 Masters of Nature photography” by the Natural History Museum in London.

www.vincentmunier.com

Wild-Touch


Wild-Touch

Wild-Touch


Wild-Touch

In the wake of the success of his film “The March of the Penguins” seen by audiences of more than 35 million throughout the world and rewarded by an Oscar in 2006, the director Luc Jacquet created the not-for-profit general interest organisation Wild-Touch. With the desire to invite the public to discover and understand in order to mobilize, the association deals with major conservation issues while marvelling at the beauty of the Earth.

Forest, ice, climate, biodiversity… Wild-Touch has as its ambition to touch and meld together every public around the natural heritage of our planet, thanks to an ambitious programme of scientific mediation and sensitizing to big environmental issues, carried forward by influential personalities each with special knowledge: experts and researchers with an international reputation, thinkers, artists and major actors in audio-visual production.

Led on by highly spectacular cinema films directed by Luc Jacquet, complementary content and cross-media, with a strong element of added value editorially and emotionally, these things are coming to light and congregating round multiple sound bites: audio-visual productions (television, web documentaries), education and environmental teaching, residencies and artistic creations in situ, exhibitions and performances, a dedicated collaborative web platform and the publishing of games and books.

www.wild-touch.org

 

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Partners


Partners

Partners


Partners

Partners of the expedition

Blancpain
Our tradition is innovation. Founded in 1735 by Jehan-Jacques Blancpain in the Swiss Jura, Blancpain is the oldest brand of timepiece in the world. Faithful to its tradition of innovation, as innumerable complexities invented over time go to show, it is this same spirit of inventiveness which animates today the master clockmakers of the Manufactory. Determined to go beyond the borders of its heritage, Blancpain reinvents itself and pushes back ceaselessly the frontiers of clock making by improving its timekeepers.
www.blancpain.com

Paprika Films
Full-length feature films, short films, stories, documentaries, series and one-offs, Paprika Films is unlimited in its scope. In a modern world in which broadcasting and production schedules are exploding and multiplying, every story has its format and its potential to be broadcast. Paprika Films wants to be where these roads cross.
www.paprikafilms.fr

Andromeda Oceanology
Andromeda Oceanology is an innovative company created in 2008 by Laurent Ballesta and Pierre Descamp the aim of which is to conduct all types of project linked with the study and the development of the marine environment. More than 300 dives executed at depths lower than 100 metres allowing us to discover new species and to become better acquainted with animals as iconic as the nautilus and the coelacanth in their natural environment.
www.andromede-ocean.com

ARTE
ARTE, the European cultural channel, has accompanied the Antarctica expedition and made two documentaries of 90 and 52 minutes respectively devoted to the fauna of the white continent and to the impact of climate change to be broadcast at the end of 2016. In parallel with this, the public will be able to discover on the ARTE Future website immersive video programmes through 360o for a personal dive within the expedition.
www.arte.tv

IPEV
The French polar institute, IPEV, offers the human, logistical, technical and financial resources as well as the legal framework necessary for the development of French scientific research in the polar and subpolar regions.
www.institut-polaire.fr

TAAF
The Territory of French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF), created in 1955, has as its missions to manage the area covered by Scattered Islands in the Indian Ocean, subantarctic areas (Crozet, Kerguelen, Saint-Paul and Amsterdam) and Adélie Land. Specializing in “extreme” support logistics to science and the conservation of biodiversity, it is first and foremost, the guarantor of France being represented in these latitudes. Its registered office is located in Saint-Pierre de La Réunion.
www.taaf.fr

CNRS
The CNRS is a public organization for basic multi-disciplinary research placed under the supervision of the National Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research. It produces knowledge and puts this knowledge at the service of society. Within this framework the CNRS is developing a policy of scientific and institutional communication with the general public, valuing scientific results and talents.
www.cnrs.fr


Partners of the exhibition

 

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The musée des Confluences


The musée des Confluences

The musée des Confluences


The musée des Confluences

The Musée des Confluences opened its doors on 20 December 2014. Novel in the world of European museums, it creates a dialogue between sciences in order to understand the history of humanity.

“Beyond the defining nature of its geographical location, the musée des Confluences – which wears its name with great appropriateness – is a philosophy of encounter, a taste for exchange, a source of intelligence for gazes that cross.”
Hélène Lafont-Couturier, director of the musée des Confluences.

The musée des Confluences tackles big universal questions: the origin and destiny of humanity, the diversity of cultures and civilisations, but also the place of the human at the heart of the living world. So there is a permanent trail of four exhibitions whose novel strategy is to offer the visitor an interdisciplinary approach. By decompartmentalising the sciences new keys emerge to understand and unravel the complexity of our world. These new perspectives awaken our curiosity and, through emotion and wonder, invite us to know.


Press

Press release and pictures available on our press area on www.museedesconfluences.fr/fr/espace_presse

Contact

You have a question ? Contact us at contact@museedesconfluences.fr

Pictures Credits

All photographs on this website were taken by

Laurent Ballesta, Jérôme Bouvier, Cédric Gentil, Luc Jacquet and Vincent Munier

These photographs are protected by the laws in force in respect of intellectual property. They are the full ownership of the publisher or its partners. Any reproduction, representation, use or adaptation, in any form whatsoever, all or part of these elements is strictly prohibited.

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