TBA21–Academy is pleased to announce the reopening of its Venice venue, Ocean Space, with the exhibition Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, curated by Daniela Zyman, on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Commissioned by TBA21–Academy, the foundation that drives a rigorous art-
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Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation synthesizes three years of research to unfold one of the most extensive readings of the Anthropocene ocean to date. The project explores new ways of connecting research groups that address the oceans at a time of rapid change, linking science, arts, and politics by way of shared images, datasets, and narratives. The research project has unfolded over several years through interactions with hundreds of scientists, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations, scholars, activists, policymakers, and artists.
Oceans in Transformation re-
Oceans in Transformation aims to find different forms of collaboration to bring together things that we imagine are apart. The research project indicates how we need to imagine the oceans as a principal component of a living planet, limit human activity—fishing, transport, and extraction—in the high seas, and allow marine environments to regenerate. Solutions to face the threats facing the future of the oceans are known: what is missing is the imagination to act.
“We talk about the oceans as a plural. The diversity of the oceans is not only a multiplicity of different viewpoints. While there is only one vast body of water with interconnected circulations, human understanding is fragmented and scattered and produces a multiplicity of apparently incompatible oceans. Hence, the primary intention of Oceans in Transformation is to bring together as many of these modes of being of the oceans as we can and start forming a collaborative space.”
Addressing the changing habitats directly on the transforming waterline, sea-
“Attempting to visualize the planet from a post-
—Daniela Zyman, curator
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Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, commissioned by TBA21 Academy. Installation view at Ocean Space (work in progress). Photo: Territorial Agency.