Ingo Niermann
Sea Lovers (2020) and Wet Gods (2020)

Sea Lovers. Commissioned by TBA21–Academy. Written and directed by Ingo Niermann.

Sea Lovers
Ingo Niermann with Ana Maria Millán, Roman Bayarri, Ville Haimala, Franziska Aigner & Dan Bodan
HD, 2020, ca. 15 min.
Commissioned by TBA21–Academy
Written and directed by Ingo Niermann

Featuring performances by Ana María Millán and the fellows of The Current II, Expedition #2: The Solomon Exercises, led by Chus Martínez.
Filmed and edited by Roman Bayarri with additional footage by Pierre Beltran (drone and underwater) Ana-Maria Millan (dog, worms), Daniel Patterson (dolphins), Francesca Thyssen-Bornemisza (octopus).
Score: Spoken and sung by Franziska Aigner and Dan Bodan. Produced by Ville Haimala

Large parts of the sea are used in a similar fashion to the countryside. Still, its liquidity and enormous size sustain substantial differences. The oceans slip away from national and personal liability. The video Sea Lovers portrays a group of people who train for a more intimate relation with the ocean. They try to learn to enjoy not just the cute and the intelligent but also the gloomy and the uncanny. By means of exercise and technology, they work towards a sea of love where all creatures help and celebrate each other. 

Wet Gods
Ingo Niermann, Eduardo Navarro & Esther Hunziker
HD, 2020, five loops
Commissioned by TBA21–Academy

Directed by Ingo Niermann Drawings by Eduardo Navarro Animated by Esther Hunziker
Wet Gods is a series of fantastical sea creatures, drawn by Eduardo Navarro and animated by Esther Hunziker, that populate the sea of love.

Both Sea Lovers and Wet Gods are based on the book “Solution 295-304: Mare Amoris” by Ingo Niermann with Marah J. Hardt and Eduardo Navarro (Sternberg Press, 2020).
Ingo Niermann is a German writer, artist, and the editor of the speculative book series Solution from which he recently co-edited Solution 275–294 Communists Anonymous. He is currently writing Solution Oceans and is about to release the sequel of Army of Love, an expanded film he made with director Alexa Karolinski.
Sea Lovers and Wet Gods were featured at the exhibition Countryside, The Future,
Feb 20, 2020 - Aug 1, 2020
Guggenheim Museum, New York