Open Call #1

Mapping Nature

The theme of the first issue of Antarktikos magazine is “Mapping Nature”.

Two millennia ago, the ancient Greeks wrote about a vast landmass at the southern reaches of the globe. Despite having never seen it, Aristotle theorized this southern land allowed the spherical Earth to maintain a geophysical balance with its northern lands. Hence, he called it Antarktikos, “opposite of Arktikos”. Arktikos in ancient Greek means “near the bear”, referring to the northern celestial hemisphere’s Great Bear constellation.


For centuries, a hypothetical southern continent appeared on maps as Terra Australis Incognita (Unknown Land of the South) or Nondum Cognita (Not Yet Known.)
Cartographers such as Jodocus Hondius, Abraham Ortelius and Petrus Plancius perpetuated this belief of a southern landmass by depicting it prominently, though entirely from conjecture. In 1772, Captain James Cook embarked on a three-year mission in search of this as-yet undiscovered continent. Although he circumnavigated the Antarctic, he never reached land. The first confirmed landing on Antarctica was in 1821, only 200 years ago.


Today, Antarctica is the best-mapped continent on Earth. The Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica (REMA) is a map compiled from hundreds of thousands of satellite images. A supercomputer assembled REMA from massive amounts of data into an immensely detailed topographical map of Antarctica, with a file size over 150 terabytes.


Some maps depict geographic features or measure psychological terrain. There are maps designed to depict a ‘sense of a place’, maps as way-finding documents with routes and landmarks, maps of historical exploration, charts to help understand the ice conditions, the weather and the seas, and papers that give insight into data collections.


For this first issue of Antarktikos, we are putting out an open call for a broad range of subjects or areas. This can be any kind of research, story, or visualization related to the mapping of Antarctica. From ice cores containing the information trapped in 20,000-year-old air bubbles, to the architectural drawing of research stations, to imaginary maps of Antarctica in the year 3000.


Antarktikos believes in the effectiveness potency of combining art and science and in the potential for gaining new insights by compiling many ideas around one theme. For this, we also welcome older research and artworks.



Open from December 1, 2020 (Antarctica Day) to June 21, 2021.


“A map is a visual representation of an ‘area’ —
a symbolic depiction highlighting relationships between elements of that space such as objects, regions, and themes.”
— From the New World Encyclopedia.

Deadline: 21/06/2021 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

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