November 10, 2017 | Kunstmuseum, Bonn
OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 brings together some of the brightest minds in science, exploration and art to create a dynamic platform that transforms discussion into action. Held in conjunction with COP23 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany – the day-long program, organized by TBA21–Academy at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, features thought-provoking dialogues, workshops, musical performances and film.
10:30 - 10:55
Francesca von Habsburg, Founder and Executive Producer, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) and Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy , kick off OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 with their personal story of how art has become a lense to witness and reflect upon the many stresses the ocean is under.
11:00 - 13:00
It doesn’t matter who you are, everybody has it in them to do extraordinary things! Individuals who have dedicated their talents and work to bringing about positive change for the Ocean will share perspectives that will challenge each of us to reconsider what the ocean means to us and the role we can play in its conservation.
The session will be kicked off by a performance by youth ambassador for the Alligator Head, Wayne J and moderated by TBA21–Academy Director Markus Reymann.
13:00 – 14:00
Food will be served in the foyer space in front of the auditorium.
A workshop led by Litia Kirwin, Social Entrepreneur and Founding Director, Loving Islands will take place in the foyer too.
14:00 – 15:30
Many ecosystems were protected in the past by peoples who planned for the generations who followed them, their livelihoods based on fisheries and agricultural systems that were already sustainable. Indigenous peoples ravaged by colonialism, and the laws of greed and growth are now asked to protect what they have always protected and refrain from living as they have always lived. Is this a new form of soft-colonialism?
Conversation moderated by TBA21–Academy Director Markus Reymann, followed by an introduction to the Ocean Space, Venice by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Founder and Executive Producer Francesca von Habsburg.
15:30 – 17:00
The Impossibility of an Island brings together a selection of artists’ films addressing the human-made planetary destruction through geographically distant stories, deeply connected by two major liquid forces: oil and water. One narrative addresses the rising level of planetary waters that is quickly erasing lands and coastlines, forcing entire communities to migrate, as well as the destructive consequences of plastic and other debris drifting throughout the ocean’s surface. The second addresses the issue of fossil fuels, whose massive extraction is running geology backwards by bringing a substance to the surface, that took the planet millions of years to bury, and whose combustion is reinserting polluting elements into the atmosphere at unprecedented speed. Oil and water as liquid forces equally connect and divide peoples and territories on the physical, economical and social level. They set the basis of modern narratives of conquest and colonization, and ultimately shape the intangible battlefield of a struggle for the increasingly scarce resources on the planet.
Featured artists: Ursula Biemann, Isabelle Hayeur, Michelle Claire Gevint, New Mineral Collective (Tanya Busse and Emilija Skarnulyte), Sara Tirelli and Fiona Tan.
Curated by Vanina Saracino, Independent Curator & Film Programmer
TBA21–Academy leads artists, scientists, and thought-leaders on expeditions of collaborative discovery. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of our ocean through the lens of art and engender creative solutions to its most pressing issues. Our ocean-going Academy commissions interdisciplinary research that catalyses engagement, stimulates new knowledge and inspires artistic production. Founded in 2011, our nonprofit’s program is informed by a belief in the power of exchange between disciplines and in the ability of the arts as a vessel for communication, change, and action.
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