Heroic Antarctic: Rare Whisky, Silent Film,Explorers Tales and Penguin Sex
Odd Salon: Antarctica
February 16, 02016
Heroic Antarctic was a special Interval event produced in collaboration with our friends at Odd Salon who specialize in explicating the strange extremities of history, science, art, and adventure. The night featured a series of short talks about Antarctica, its explorers, and its natural history. We also showed the documentary South (01919) which includes actual footage of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton's Endurance expedition. And as a special treat our bar team procured a few bottles of a whisky based on a dram Shackleton took to Antarctica and was buried there until recently discovered.
Speakers include Odd Salon fellows Annetta Black, Kelly Jensen, and Miles Traer, as well as Long Now's Alexander Rose and Ty Caudle (The Interval's Lead Bartender).
At the dawn of the 20th century there was a frontier at the bottom of the world. Nations sent teams of explorers to the mysterious seventh continent for the sake of science and glory. Led by men like Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott, and Douglas Mawson, this was the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration. Probing the ends of the Earth and the limits of technology at the time; many died and all were changed. After 100 years, it's a good time to look back: there are stories to be told. There's also actual footage to see from that unimaginable place and time. And there is Scotch whisky, the almost exact spirit of these ultimate adventurers, to taste and toast their memories.
A special event in collaboration with Odd Salon, a group of curious historians based in San Francisco, focused on Earth's southernmost continent. With particular focus on the adventurous spirit of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton and others of the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration at the turn of the 20th century. The night includes several short talks, a showing of the film South (01919), and a guided tour through the natural history of the bottom of the world.
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