TBA21–Academy Radio


What can we ask the Ocean? In the sonic explorations of TBA21–Academy Radio, we dive deep into conversations about art, culture, the Ocean, equality, imagination and community, as well as music curated around the stories of our human and non-human collaborations.

TBA21–Academy Radio is created and curated by TBA21–Academy and Ocean Space.
Magical Fresh & Salty Conversations is TBA21–Academy’s podcast series exploring ecological and magical perspectives on bodies of water.

This series of conversations reflects on the anthropogenic transformations of marine ecosystems, leaning on the innovative trajectories of science, technology, and art. Through performance, expeditions, sound, film, and image-making, the contributing artists engage with the underwater world in encounters with scientists and thinkers, proposing a world re-imagined from within the waters. Whether in the fictional, scientific, or science-fictional realm, an interspecies future lies ahead of us.

Magical Fresh & Salty Conversations is produced by TBA21–Academy with the support of STARTS, an initiative by the European Commission.

Editor at large: María Montero Sierra 
Sound edited by: Elena Zieser 
Produced by: Miriam Calabrese, María Montero Sierra, Katarina Rakušček, and the artists.
Aridity Lines is a five-episode podcast series commissioned by TBA21–Academy and co-produced with Radio Ma3azef. Conceived by Reem Shadid and Barbara Casavecchia as part of The Current III: “Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (after Etel Adnan),” the series invokes the local ecological knowledge that delicately treads the porous borders between its land and water bodies around the Mediterranean sea. By scientific definition, an aridity line is a line that connects all points with the same average amount of annual rainfall. We are taking this drifting threshold that traverses times and human-made borders as a magnifying lens to read through the social, environmental, cultural, and geopolitical impacts of climate change.

Edited and hosted by Reem Shadid 
Introduction and credits voice-over: Jinane Chaaya
Sound editor: Moe Choucair
Produced by María Montero Sierra

Aridity Lines is commissioned by TBA21–Academy and co-produced with Radio Ma3azef. It was conceived by Reem Shadid and Barbara Casavecchia as part of The Current III: “Mediterraneans: ‘Thus waves come in pairs’ (after Etel Adnan).”
Ocean Wants is a series of ten podcasts commissioned by TBA21–Academy that playfully explores how nonhumans could like our planet to be. In each episode, writer Ingo Niermann meets with an expert from a different field to ask: What would a given species come up with if it could be as dominant as humans have been? What if fish, whales, octopuses, jellyfish, corals, algae, or extremophiles claimed to rule the world? What is their ideal environment and which role could human myths, habits, and technologies play in satisfying their needs? 
Ocean Wants confronts humanity with creatures that speculatively mirror its hubris. All are inhabitants of the sea—the vast and most neglected and alien part of our environment. It is here where humanity is meant to overcome its superiority complex.

Contributors: Marah J. Hardt, Alex Jordan, Lisa-ann Gershwin, Danna Staaf, David Gruber, Eva Hayward, William Ruddiman, David Pearce, Diva Amon.

Conceived, hosted, and edited by Ingo Niermann
Music composed and arranged by Ville Haimala
Intro read by Joan Jonas
Credits read by Staci Bu Shea
Sound edited by Robin Michel
Produced by Ingo Niermann and María Montero Sierra

Ocean Wants is a podcast series commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy.
Corona Under the Ocean is a podcast series exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis on ocean research, as well as its effect on the ocean itself. Using the practice of storytelling, the ten chapters present conversations between writer and curator Sonia Fernández Pan and guests from various disciplines. 

As part of the third and final voyage of TBA21–Academy’s The Current II fellowship cycle Spheric Ocean: Life For Beginners led by Chus Martínez, the series offers a transoceanic perspective, emerging from the fields of marine science, postcolonial studies, speculative histories, and political imagination

Contributors: Carola Rackete, Elizabeth Povinelli, Camila Marambio, Filipa Ramos, Astrida Neimanis, Tabita Rezaire, Cynthia Chou, Marah J. Hardt, Greg Dvorak.

Editor: Sonia Fernández Pan

A podcast series produced by TBA21–Academy and the Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.
Phenomenal Ocean is a podcast series produced by the Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel and TBA21–Academy. The recordings for the podcast were made in Venice during TBA21–Academy, The Current II, Summer School and Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean both led by Chus Martínez.

This series invites you to contemplate the future: Can what is necessary be as well pleasurable? Can a radical transformation, following the principles of feminism, anti-racism, and anti-fascism be easier than we think and closer than we expect?

Contributors: Lena Maria Thüring, Teresa Solar, Francesca Mussi, Julieta Aranda, Marco Roso, Elena Mazzi, Skye Morét, Ingo Niermann, Markus Reymann, Marzia Rovere and Alexander Tarakhovsky.

Curator: Chus Martínez

A podcast series produced by TBA21–Academy and the Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.
Nowtilus: Stories from an urban lagoon in the 21st century is a programme of research and investigation into voices revealing a Venice that is, first and foremost, a lagoon in relation to the existence of its inhabitants. Over the course of eight podcast episodes, Nowtilus takes listeners on a journey of discovery and dialogue between different stories related to the sustainability of the lagoon, the city's resilience and the reversal of generalities and trivialisations about one of the most unique, and at the same time popularised, city in the world: Venice.

Contributors: Tiziano Scarpa, Sara Marini, Nicola di Croce, Mariateresa Sartori, Luigi Cavaleri, Sabina Rizzardi, Shaul Bassi, Michele Savorgnano, Luigi Divari and Matteo Stocco, Alice de Santillana, Marcantonio Brandolini, Elena Tramontin & Silvio Testa.

Curators: Enrico Bettinello and Alice Sartori

Nowtilus is brought to you from Ocean Space, Venice​.

Tidalectics is an experiment to formulate an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, this series reflects on the rhythmic fluidity of water and the incessant swelling and receding of the tides.

Contributors: Carl Michael Von Hausswolff, Eduardo Navarro, Ana Vaz & Nuno da Luz, Nabil Ahmed, Mario García Torres, Jana Winderen and Susanne M. Winterling.

Curator: Stefanie Hessler

A radio series produced by TBA21–Academy and NTS Radio.