Oceans in crisis in conjunction with Eco Visionaries
December 6, 2019
Royal Academy of Arts, London

Territorial Agency—Oceans in Transformation commissioned by TBA21-Academy. The Black Atlantic is operative in the intensifications of the extractive activities in its waters. Bathymetry and fishing data in the mid-Atlantic. © Territorial Agency

TBA21–Academy is pleased to announce the panel discussion "Oceans in Crisis" with architects Territorial Agency (John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog) at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, held in collaboration with the exhibition Eco-Visionaries, curated by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado. The panel opens up a conversation across multiple fields of research, engaging with spatial, poetic, imaginative and scientific explorations, addressing the world’s oceans. The renowned paleobiologist and conservationist Jeremy B. C. Jackson, artists Anjalika Sagar (The Otolith Group) and Ayesha Hameed are invited to imagine alternative ecological futures for the oceans, in a discussion moderated by TBA21–Academy director Markus Reymann

Territorial Agency will share some of their long-term research on the material, technological and ecological changes affecting the ocean’s sensitive ecosystems, resulting from the intensification of human activities. Together with their co-panellists they will untangle a series of paradigmatic oceanic sites in transformation, urging us to rethink the complex relation between ocean and land. Violent oil and gas extraction on the continental shelves, sea-level rise, Exclusive Economic Zones, overfishing, intensified shipping, dead zones, and the depletion of the seabed, to name only a few anthropogenic intrusions – are affecting the lives of billions of humans and innumerable other forms of life. 

"Oceans in crisis” inquires into the entangled processes of the Anthropocene in order to decipher ecocidal and necropolitical instances, calling for collaborative analysis and deep care. The panel discussion places into proximity scientific reasoning and aesthetic sensitivities, data-driven capacities and situated knowledges, traumatic pasts and scenarios of atrophy and dying inscribed in the oceanic space.

In partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts, London. 
Royal Academy of Arts
London, United Kingdom
Territorial Agency is an independent organisation that promotes and works for sustainable territorial transformations. They work on comprehensive projects for the strengthening of regional performance and in the organisation of seminars, workshops, exhibitions and public events as a process of building capacity to innovate.