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
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.