Press releases overview
28 – 29 September 2018 | Church of San Lorenzo, Venice, IT
Think about the Ocean as you think about a relationship. We know that humans are bad at being faithful, infidelity has a tenacity that faithfulness can only envy. If you ask about Nature or the Ocean, everyone would be ready to declare their love, or our dependency, and yet we cheat on the seas, on water, on resources, on the images, on life. Ocean Adultery has many forms, and historically it has been—as Anthony Burgess describes it—“the most creative of sins.” We deplore the many times and many ways we were unfaithful to the Ocean, and yet prohibition only fuels the eagerness with which we consume our forbidden apples—or better said, our forbidden waters, fish, corals, sea beds, and human lives…. We need to face this: If we keep failing to meet our own standards, the solution is simply to try harder. This exercise cannot happen without thinking through a question: Who is the injured party? One would say the Ocean, but would that be to demonize our actions without pausing to explore our motives? Without learning how to weather its occurrence?
Symposium Return to the Sea – July 4 and 6
The symposium Return to the Sea spans across the opening of Oceans. Imagining a Tidalectic Worldview in its two locations — the Museum of Modern Art Dubrovnik (MOMAD) and the Franciscan Monastery on Lopud—to inaugurate the exhibition by focusing on the important issues facing the oceans today and on the policies that could bring about change. Organized by TBA21–Academy, this symposium with artists, curators, and scientists is concerned with the impact of human interference on oceanic ecosystems and local communities to create new connections that are not otherwise possible in the academic and institutional context. What do marine biologists and architects have in common? Where do philosophers and mining experts meet? How do designers and policymakers talk to one another? What are the new fields and professions that could emerge from this in the future? What new forms of institutions can be imagined from the ocean’s fluid foundation?
Global platform for cross-disciplinary explorations catalyzing ocean literacy, research, and advocacy through the arts
Major multi-media commission Armin Linke: Prospecting Ocean opens May 23, 2018 at Institute of Marine Sciences (CNR-ISMAR) in Venice in prelude to next year’s launch.
May 18–September 30, 2018 | Lopud Island, Croatia
Your black horizon Art Pavilion is an interdisciplinary project by artist Olafur Eliasson and architect David Adjaye, commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, in which the fields of art and architecture are merged into an “interlocking equation”, wherein ephemeral visual appearance and architectural formulations exist simultaneously. Inaugurated in June 2005 as an official project at the 51st Bienniale di Venezia, the pavilion has moved to the island of Lopud in Croatia in 2007, where it found an (im)permanent home. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary on of the iconic artwork on Lopud.
Thursday, May 31, 2018, at 9 pm
Commissioned by TBA21–Academy and presented in collaboration with Tate Modern

Joan Jonas’s mesmerizing multimedia performance Moving Off the Land. Oceans—Sketches and Notes, commissioned by TBA21–Academy and presented in collaboration with Tate Modern at the Turbine Hall, pays tribute to the ocean and its creatures, biodiversity, and delicate ecology. On this exceptional occasion Jonas will be joined onstage by the celebrated composer and drummer Ikue Mori.

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