Atolls and Lagoons, Expedition
October 17 – November 2, 2014

Photo: Ocean Ramsey.

This voyage brought TBA21–Academy Fellows and team members together in Fiji for an intensive period of research and concept development informed by the underwater topographies of the nation’s atolls and lagoons. We welcomed back the artist Janaina Tschaepe, Marine Biologist and conservationist Ocean Ramsey and Photographer/Videographer Juan Oliphant. We were also very happy to welcome on board a new Fellow: Artist Rasmus Nielsen from the Danish Artist Collective SUPERFLEX.
Fiji is located in the southwestern Pacific about 3.200 miles southwest of Honolulu and about 1.970 miles northeast of Sydney. The archipelago consists of about 332 islands and 500 islets and is of volcanic origin. Viti Levu and Vanua Levu are the two major islands. More than 400 species of coral form Fiji’s spectacular reefs. Fiji is often called the ‘Soft Coral Capital of the World’. Due to the rich nutrients streaming up from the Tonga Trench, Fiji is also home to a complex and great variety of Marine Life. Furthermore Fiji is also internationally known for its excellent surf spots.