12.09.2018

The Current II Convening #1 in Venice | The Waves of the Oh!s and the Ah!s Curated by Chus Martinez

28 – 29 September 2018 | Church of San Lorenzo, Venice, IT
The Current II  Convening #1 in Venice | The Waves of the Oh!s and the Ah!s Curated by Chus Martinez
The Current II Convening #1 in Venice | The Waves of the Oh!s and the Ah!s Curated by Chus Martinez

The Waves of the Oh!s and the Ah!s

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?
 
Inspired by the history of fear, power abuse and its relation to the elements rather than only to the humans, and drawing on the thinking of many poets, writers, and philosophers about the importance of the complaint to raise awareness, the first day of our convening will be structured as a lament: a collective performance where activists and artists give body, form, and voice to what we lament. Lamenting the Ocean, but also current forms of inequality, considering how gender and racial inequality are in complete entanglement here.
 
On the second day, the lamenting voice will raise an Awe. Admiration, reverence, a series of acts, performances, and lectures on the issues we admire, on all in life that bring us to this strange space of generosity, since to admire means to go out of oneself. 
 
Chus Martínez


PARTICIPANTS

Diva Amon 
A marine biologist specialising in deep-sea biology currently a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. Interested in the weird and wonderful animals living in a range of deep-sea habitats and how our actions are impacting them.
 
Julieta Aranda
An artist whose work revolves around time, memory and how different media languages recall a more encompassed notion of life. 
 
Cecilia Bengolea
is an artists choreographer and dancer that deals with empathy systems, ways of merging through the body and movement experience with nature, with the ocean.
 
Claudia Comte
An artist dealing with the memory of materials, with the wisdom of the rural, of nature, of the ways technology can serve to preserve the traditional through sculpture. 
 
Francesca von Habsburg
Founder and Executive Producer of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and its sister organization TBA21–Academy. Francesca is of the belief that art has the power to serve as an agent of change. Most recently, Francesca has become increasingly engaged in environmental issues, with a particular emphasis on the oceans.
 
Markus Reymann
Director and Co-Founder of TBA21-Academy.  As a central programming unit of TBA21, TBA21-Academy’s mission is to foster interdisciplinary dialogue and exchange surrounding the most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues facing our oceans today.
 
Marah Hardt 
A scientist and storyteller, who works at the crossroads of research, creative communication, and strategy to build a sustainable future for people and the sea. Her last book is Sex and the Sea (2017). 
 
Donna Kukama
An artist that both through objects and performance addresses the possibility of introducing a completely new form of sensing that would help us to deal with the past, to renew our imagination, our words, our social behaviour. 
 
Chus Martínez
A writer and curator head of the Institut Kunst in Basel. She is currently also an Expedition Leader of the second cycle of TBA21–Academy fellowship The Current.
 
Ingo Niermann
A writer and the editor of the speculative book series Solution. He is currently writing a Solution Oceans well as about to release the sequel of Army of Love, a film he did together with Alexa Karolinski, film director. 
 
Mathilde Rosier
An artist whose work deals with how modification in life can be achieved. Working in painting, performance and film, she is interested in ways of trespassing, of life interpenetrating mater and vice-versa. 
 
Georgia Sagri 
An artist who has been focusing on performances and installation work dealing with empathy, mimicry, and the potentiality of transformation, both in the social and the biological sense. 
 
Christina Samoka Eu Tony 
Comes from a volcanic island that is currently active. Manam Island is located 13 kilometres off the Northern coast of Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. She works with the community-based Bismarck Ramu Group in the campaign's program with the aim of creating spaces for resistance communities to come together and share their stories.


PROGRAMME


FRIDAY 28th September 
Day I. The Night of Ohs!
 
19:00 - Introduction
Markus Reymann & Francesca von Habsburg
 
19:20 - The Ohhhs! The Ways to Complain, Part I. A manifesto 
Chus Martínez
 
20:00 - Sex and the Seas or How We Are Not Able to Mate with the Sea, a Pity. Lecture
Marah Hardt
 
21:30 - The Creation of the Wave, Part I. Performance (approx. 30 minutes)
Georgia SagriSATURDAY 29th SeptemberDay II, The Day of the Ahs! 
 
11:00 - The Ways to Awe!, Part II. A manifesto
Chus Martínez 
 
11:30 - Sensing the Seas. Performance and screening 
Mathilde Rosier
 
12:00 - Merging With The Depths! Lecture
Diva Amon
 
12:30 - Three Proposals of Understanding All We Need to Change in Us to Become the Sea. Lecture
Ingo Niermann, Chus Martínez, Julieta Aranda
 
13:30  - Everybody Got a Little Voice to Address the Seas. Lecture
Christina Tony
 
14:00 BREAK 
 
15:30 The Day that Wood and Matter Wanted to Become Salt Water. 
Performance with music by Egon Elliut and dance by Cecilia Bengolea
Claudia Comte
 
16:30 - The Ways We Sing and Move to Become Ocean, the Ways We Remember to Be Ocean. Performance (approx. 120 minutes)
Donna Kukama
 
18:30 INTERVAL
 
19:00 - Sex and the Seas or How We Are Able to Mate with the Sea, a Luck!. Lecture
Marah Hardt
 
20:30 - The Creation of the Wave, Part II. Closing performance
Cecilia Bengolea


SATURDAY 29th September
Day II, The Day of the Ahs! 
 
11:00 - The Ways to Awe!, Part II. A manifesto
Chus Martínez 
 
11:30 - Sensing the Seas. Performance and screening 
Mathilde Rosier
 
12:00 - Merging With The Depths! Lecture
Diva Amon
 
12:30 - Three Proposals of Understanding All We Need to Change in Us to Become the Sea. Lecture
Ingo Niermann, Chus Martínez, Julieta Aranda
 
13:30  - Everybody Got a Little Voice to Address the Seas. Lecture
Christina Tony
 
14:00 BREAK 
 
15:30 The Day that Wood and Matter Wanted to Become Salt Water. 
Performance with music by Egon Elliut and dance by Cecilia Bengolea
Claudia Comte
 
16:30 - The Ways We Sing and Move to Become Ocean, the Ways We Remember to Be Ocean. Performance (approx. 120 minutes)
Donna Kukama
 
18:30 INTERVAL
 
19:00 - Sex and the Seas or How We Are Able to Mate with the Sea, a Luck!. Lecture
Marah Hardt
 
20:30 - The Creation of the Wave, Part II. Closing performance
Cecilia Bengolea


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