Fishing for Islands
October 27-29, 2017 | Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin
Fishing for Islands

Fishing for Islands stirs up a wave of oceanic activities throughout the historic hall of the Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin. Within 36 hours, or three tidal cycles, the project invites visitors to hear from leading thinkers in the maritime field and delve into a series of performances, scents, and soundscapes – by renowned artists whose work is anchored in oceanic spaces – until the early morning hours.


Fishing for Islands launches in the evening on Friday, October 27, with an experimental ‘circus’ organized by Chus Martínez, including an artistic ballet conceived by Eduardo Navarro for two mimes and four mechanical hands. Saturday, October 28, includes a cross-disciplinary series of key lectures and panel discussions by Davor Vidas, Susanne M. Winterling, Trevor Paglen, Tamatoa Bambridge, and Lars Eckstein, who home in on questions of: legality and biodiversity; the effects of pollution on ecological balance and migration; as well as traditional ways of protecting the oceans. Saturday evening is animated by a series of sound performances by renowned artists including Jana Winderen, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, and Peter Zinovieff, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in soundscapes of the sea until the early hours of the next morning.

Throughout the weekend, the hall features artist installations and projects that offer new perspectives on the ocean, including: storytelling by Christopher Myers; a complex 'smellscape' by Sissel Tolaas that infuses the air with the scents of the ocean; a floating sculpture by Tue Greenfort, recalling the otherworldliness of jellyfish; and new video installation by Armin Linke exploring the ocean floor of the deep sea.


Curated by Stefanie Hessler, Chus Martínez, and Markus Reymann


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This event is part of a research and exhibition project of the Nationalgalerie, supported by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation) as part of the ”Museum Global” initiative.


Armin Linke’s work “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 TBA21–Academy. Armin Linke’s installation was realized in collaboration of the Edith-Russ-Haus for Media Art.


Additional support by Art Institute, FHNW Academy of Art and Design in Basel.


Hamburger Bahnhof
Invalidenstraße 50-51
10557 Berlin

For directions see here


October 27 – 29, 2017
Fri 27.10.17 / 18:00 – 22:00
Sat 28.10.17 / 15.00 – 23:59
Sun 29.10.17 / 00.00 – 06.00


Tamatoa Bambridge
Lars Eckstein
Jelena Glazova
Tue Greenfort
Francesca von Habsburg
Matthias Haeckel
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Stefanie Hessler
Katherine Houghton
Ferkel Johnson
Kai Kaschinski
Jacob Kirkegaard
Armin Linke
Tiphanie Mall
Chus Martinez
Christopher Myers
Eduardo Navarro
Trevor Paglen
Markus Reymann
Silent Rocco
David Rothenberg
Andrew Spyrou
Sissel Tolaas
Sebastian Unger
Davor Vidas
Shabnam Virmani
Jana Winderen
Susanne M. Winterling
Kateryna Zavoloka
Peter Zinovieff


Food and drinks are available for purchase at a food truck by Electric Espresso.

We hope you stay until late and are providing bean bags for you to lie down on. Feel free to bring your own blankets!