Collaborative Ecosystems for a Sustainable World

Tasmanian Tiger

Antoni Muntadas (ES/US)

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Case Study of the Museum of Extinction

Thylacinus Cynocephalus, a marsupial from Australia commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger, was declared extinct in 1936. It is an example of how a legend is established between reality, fiction and popular myth.

The artist’s interest in the Tasmanian tiger began in Australia, during his residency at the University of Western Sydney, NEPEAN in 1993. On an outing to the Tasmanian School of Art while visiting the island, Muntadas found a beer with a Tasmanian tiger on the label.

This became a recurrent image that he researched. He read documents and visited the Museum of Natural History and learned that in 1936 it was considered extinct.

On the other hand, it was alive in the same way that it was on the beer label: it was alive in the imagination of all the people who spoke about it. Nobody had seen it.

This project is a new production of the .NewArt { foundation;} in collaboration with the Hac Te and a special participation of the Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology and the Barcelona Institut of Bioenineering of Catalonia.


Through his works, Antoni Muntadas addresses social, political and communications issues, the relationship between public and private space within social frameworks, and investigations of channels of information and the ways they may be used to censor central information or promulgate ideas. He works on projects in different media such as photography, video, publications, internet and multi-media installations.