The Current II: Phenomenal Ocean. Featuring Ocean Archive
Convening #2 led by Chus Martínez
September 28, 2019
Ocean Space, Venice

Chus Martínez in conversation with Elens Mazzi at TBA21–Academy The Current II, Chus Martínez, Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean at Ocean Space, Venice, 2019. Photo: Enrico Fiorese
Will Benedict, DIS.ART, All Bleeding Stops Eventually, 2019, video still. Commissioned by TBA21–Academy, presented during The Current II, Chus Martínez, Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean, TBA21–Academy at Ocean Space, Venice, September 2019.
TBA21–Academy's The Current II, Chus Martínez, Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean at Ocean Space, Venice, 2019. Photo: Enrico Fiorese
Ocean Space Venice

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?

A day on ideas that contribute to the invention of a new language about the Ocean, one that includes pedagogy, structural changes, science, and hopefully some joy. 

Ocean Space has as its primordial aim to enhance—through a dialogue between art, science, advocacy, and activism—the process and the demands of becoming Earth. 

To this process belongs not only action and a sense of urgency, but also philosophy, art, and defining culture, so that it encompasses scientific thinking and analysis, political thought, community concerns, and justice in all its complex forms. 

If you are around Venice on the 28th of September, please join us. We are celebrating a convening, a gathering of different voices and ways of thinking about the tools, laws, actions, and experiences we need to discuss and take into account in order to generate change. The day will be structured as a series of interviews with experts, scientists, artists, musicians, and activists on the tools we need to perform better. Performing is a better word that doing. Performing includes the body, and it includes the Ocean itself as a performer. 

For instance: How to move away from familiar patterns of exclusion and domination? Does the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report truly contribute to changes in policy? Is there a way to face such devastating facts while thinking deeply about the difference in carbon footprint between richer and poorer nations? As philosopher Rosi Braidotti writes, is it really fair to speak of the climate emergency crisis as a “common human concern”? Isn’t it problematic to accept a negative formation of humanity as a category that stretches to all human beings, all other differences notwithstanding? How are we to contribute to qualitatively different planetary relations?

These questions will form a conversation in a broadcast-like situation intended to share them with you wherever you are, via a live stream that will later be uploaded onto an online platform called the Ocean Archive. We will also be talking about this, forms of sharing and inviting many to participate in thinking; the role education plays, how online media may be turned into hubs for sharing ideas, arguments, artworks, facts and writing of communities otherwise apart just because of the nature of culture today, the logic of disciplinary thinking. With the help of DIS, we produced a movie and a setting in the space to introduce all those questions, to host our guests, and to welcome you.

The motive of the day: to think how the language that presents us with separate worlds of interests and realms creates a barrier to reflect on the fact that we are all living in the same defenceless planet. 

—Chus Martínez

Commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy. Supported by Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.
Ocean Space, Venice
Chiesa di San Lorenzo
Castello 5069, Venezia
Carsten Anikdal
Julieta Aranda 
Amanda Coulson
Elena Mazzi
Skye Morét
Francesca Mussi
Katrin Niedermeier
Ingo Niermann
Alexander Tarakhovsky
Lena Maria Thüring
Tabita Rezaire
Marzia Rover
Teresa Solar
Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

with a special contribution by
Niño de Elche
 Introduction CHUS MARTÍNEZ

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in Changing Climate.

Chapter 1: Framing and Context of the Report
11:30 am A few words with research fellow FRANCESCA MUSSI 
11:40 am A few words with artist JULIETA ARANDA
12 am A few words with New York-based art collective DIS — (MARCO ROSO)

Chapter 2: High Mountain Areas
12:20 am A few words with FRANCESCA MUSSI
12:30 am Video Intermezzo: TABITA REZAIRE, Deep Down Tidal, 2017
12:50 am A few words with artist ELENA MAZZI

Chapter 3: Polar Regions
1:10 pm A few words with FRANCESCA MUSSI
1:20 pm A few words with the students of Summer School #2
1:40 pm Video Intermezzo: KATRIN NIEDERMEIER, transarcadia, 2018

Chapter 4: Sea Level Rise and Implications for Low Lying Islands, Coasts and Communities
1:45 pm A few words with FRANCESCA MUSSI
1:55 pm A few words with writer INGO NIERMANN

2:15 pm BREAK

3:30 pm A few words with geneticist ALEXANDER TARAKHOVSKY

Chapter 5: Changing Ocean, Marine Ecosystems, and Dependent Communities
3:50 pm A few words with FRANCESCA MUSSI
4 pm A few words with scientist MARZIA ROVERE
4:20 pm A few words with scientist SKYE MORÉT
4:40 pm Video Intermezzo: LENA MARIA THÜRING, Gardien de la paix (GPX) , 2011
5 pm A few words with artist LENA MARIA THÜRING

Chapter 6: Extremes, Abrupt Changes and Managing Risks
5:20 pm Interview with FRANCESCA MUSSI
5:30 pm A few words with artist TERESA SOLAR
5:50 pm Video Intermezzo: KHADIJA VON ZINNENBURG CARROLL, Te Haa Kui o Tangaroa, 2019
Amanda Coulson, A Message From Inside The Rain, Bahamas

6 pm Performance by artist NIÑO DE ELCHE