Fishing for Islands – A Weekend of Oceanic Performances & Panels

© Markus Reymann, TBA21–Academy. 

From 27 until 29 October 2017, TBA21–Academy presents the project “Fishing for Islands” in association with the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. The title is based on a Polynesian creation myth, according to which the archipelagos’ islands were fished out of the sea. Within 1.5 days, i.e. three tide cycles, the project comprises a diverse programme of oceanic activities with performances, lectures and film installations in the historic hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin.

The programme, curated by Stefanie Hessler and Markus Reymann, begins on Friday, October 27 with an experimental ‘circus’ organized by Chus Martínez. It is followed on Saturday, 28 October by panels and lectures featuring artists, curators, scholars, and other thinkers who engage with oceanic space. Questions of legality and biodiversity will be discussed, as well as the consequences of pollution on ecological balance and traditional methods of protecting the oceans.

Throughout the weekend, performative interventions and artists’ installations will open up new perspectives on traditional and mythological dimensions of the oceans, as well as on infrastructure and migration. Among them are the installation “Dræbergople” (2017) by Tue Greenfort and the video installation “Oceans – Dialogues between Ocean Floor and Water Column” (2017) by Armin Linke, which shows recordings from scientific studies conducted in the deep sea up to 5000 meters below sea level. A series of sound performances from artists like Jana Winderen, Peter Zinovieff and Carl Michael von Hausswolff invites visitors on Saturday evening to immerse themselves in the soundscape of the sea until the early hours of the next morning.

Oceans is an official project of the Year of Science 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, a program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project was commissioned and co-produced by Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary –Academy (TBA21), Vienna. Additional support by Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.

“Fishing for Islands” arose from the programme of TBA21–Academy, which was founded in 2011 as a mobile site for cultural production and hosts artists, scholars, and other thinkers on board the ship Dardanella. The Academy’s expeditions led to some of the most remote regions in the Pacific. Using an interdisciplinary approach, the Academy’s programme promotes the responsible treatment of the oceans. “Fishing for Islands” addresses precisely this issue.

“Fishing for Islands“ succeeds the conference “The idea of the Global Museum“ in December 2016 forming the public starting point of a long-term research and exhibition project conducted by the entire curatorial team of the Nationalgalerie at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart  Berlin. Both events perceive themselves as the prologue of the exhibition “Global Resonance: Revisions of a Collection (working title)” taking place from 23 March - 19 August 2018 at Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. Covering the majority of the exhibition space of Hamburger Bahnhof the show will survey the collection of the Nationalgalerie - Staatliche Museen zu Berlin regarding its international and trans-cultural ties. The research and exhibition project “Global Resonance: Revisions of a Collection (working title)” is funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, as a part of the initiative “Global Museum”.

Opening: Friday, 27 October 2017, 6 – 10 pm
27 October 2017, 6 pm – 29 October 2017, 4 am
Address: Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50/51, 10557 Berlin

Admission to „Fishing for Island“ is free.

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