Dr. Tamatoa Bambridge focuses his current work on land and sea governance and their impacts on adaptation and resilience. He uses the anthropological methods of long-term presence in the field and language to express people’s engagement and desagreement about space and time governance. His longstanding commitment to understanding how resources have traditionally been managed in Polynesia has lead to the publication of The rahui in 2016 by the Australian National University Press. A scientist with training in legal anthropology, Dr. Tamatoa Bambridge is research director at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) working in a laboratory of marine biology in Moorea.
Lars Eckstein is Professor of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures outside of Britain and the US at the University of Potsdam, Germany. His research interests include postcolonial and decolonial theory, literary and cultural memories of empire, and the study of global popular cultures. Among his publications are Re-Membering the Black Atlantic (Brill 2006), Reading Sony Lyrics (Brill 2010), and a range of edited works, most recently Postcolonial Piracy (Bloomsbury 2014, ed. with Anja Schwarz) and Postcolonial Justice (Brill 2016, ed. with Anke Bartels, Nicole Waller and Dirk Wiemann). He is co-spokesperson of the German Research Foundation Research Training Group (Graduiertenkolleg) Minor Cosmopolitanisms.
Jelena Glazova is a sound/visual artist and poet based in Riga, Latvia. She works in interdisciplinary areas of contemporary art, combining image, poetic text, experimental sound and installation. Her sphere of activity in experimental music is noise ambient, drone, minimalist music, often constructed from processed vocals. She performed at experimental music and sound art festivals, such as Noise and Fury (Moscow, Russia), Sound around Kaliningrad (Kaliningrad, Russia), Poetronica (Moscow, Russia), electronic music festival Art's Birthday (Stockholm, Sweden), Vilnius Noise Week (Vilnius, Lithuania), music festival Skaņu Mežs (Riga, Latvia) and others, was guest composer at EMS Stockholm, WORM Rotterdam, etc. Jelena is the author of 2 books of poetry, her poetic texts are translated into English, Swedish, Finnish, Polish, Estonian languages.
Tue Greenfort’s interdisciplinary practice deals with issues such as the public and private realms, nature and culture. Interweaving these subjects with the language of art he formulates a multi-faceted critique of today's dominant economic and scientific production. Intrigued by the dynamics in the natural world, Greenfort’s work often evolves from ecology and its history, including the environment, social relations, and human subjectivity.
Tue Greenfort (*1973 in Holbaek / Denmark) lives and works in Berlin where he is represented by Johann König. As a participant in dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, Greenfort was co-curator of an archive on multi-species co-evolution, The Worldly House. He has had extensive solo presentations at Berlinische Galerie (2012), South London Gallery (2011), Kunstverein Braunschweig (2008) and Secession, Vienna (2007). He has participated in numerous international exhibitions at institutions including Kunstverein Hannover (2011), Royal Academy of Arts, London (2009), Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm (2009), the Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples (2008), Skulptur Projekte Münster (2007) and Witte de With, Rotterdam (2006). Among his publications the most comprehensive, Linear Deflection, was published by Walther König in 2009.
Francesca von Habsburg
Francesca von Habsburg founded Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in 2002. TBA21 is a cultural agency committed to building communities and creating spaces of encounter in all its activities.
Francesca has engaged her foundation to exclusively address the urgent issues of our time with a particular focus on the oceans. As a philanthropist and private collector she has understood that the choices she makes with her work can be deeply personal, and can reflect her personal commitment to becoming an agent of change. She believes that the arts help us feel what science enables us to understand.
An experienced diver, an amateur explorer and her insatiable curiosity have led her to become a strong advocate of ocean conservation. Francesca collaborates with numerous universities and conservation institutes through the TBA21–Academy and its explorer program entitled The Current, led by Academy Director Markus Reymann.
Matthias Haeckel’s marine research work comprises the understanding of early diagenetic processes in the marine environment with a focus on the global carbon cycle, cold vent & gas hydrate systems, the determination of fluid & gas sources, and the assessment of the response of the marine environment to anthropogenic activities, such as deep-sea mining, subseafloor CO2 storage, and gas hydrate production. His main research tools are fieldwork and numerical simulations of the data, including the development of transport-reaction and thermodynamic model codes. In recent years this work has been complemented by high-pressure lab experiments and the application of molecular spectroscopic techniques, such as Raman microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. The lab work focuses on the study of gas hydrate kinetics and coupled hydro-chemo-geomechanical behaviour of marine sediments.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff
Carl Michael von Hausswolff has, since the end of the 70s, worked as a composer and as a visual artist. He has exhibited at dOCUMENTA, the biennials in Venice, Moscow, Liverpool, Istanbul, Sarajevo etc and with TBA21 in Istanbul, Marrakech and Lima. His music has been played in festivals such as Sonar (Barcelona), CTM (Berlin), L’audible (Paris), el niche Aural (Mexico City), MUTEK, (Montreal) etc. and released works on record by labels like RasterNoton (Berlin), Touch (London), Laton (Wien), iDeal (Göteborg) and MonoType (Warszaw). He collaborates with Leif Elggren, Thomas Nordanstad, Leslie Winer, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Jim O'Rourke.
Carl Michael von Hausswolff's new piece created for Fishing for Islands is entitled "Ocean Dome Revisited" and is partly composed with the use of sounds from the oceans and sea mammals and partly improvised using sine wave oscillators.
Stefanie Hessler is the curator of TBA21–Academy. Recent projects for TBA21–Academy include Tidalectics at TBA21–Augarten (through November 19, 2017); The Current Convening #2, co-curated with Ute Meta Bauer and Cesar Garcia in Kochi, India; and the conference Design of the Seabed, co-curated with TBA21–Academy director Markus Reymann at the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial, Turkey (both 2016). Hessler is the co-founder of the art space Andquestionmark in Stockholm (with Carsten Höller). Recent curated projects include Sugar and Speed at the Museum of Modern Art in Recife, Brazil (2017); Winter Event – antifreeze at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago, Chile and Flora in Bogotá, Colombia (2015/16); the 8th Momentum Biennial in Moss, Norway (2015); and Outside at Index and Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden (2014). Hessler regularly writes for art publications, such as ArtReview and Mousse Magazine, and is currently editing the publication Tidalectics, which will be published by MIT Press in spring 2018.
Katherine Houghton is a senior research associate in the Ocean Governance Group at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam. Katherine Houghton is a researcher in international environmental law and the law of the sea. She is specialized in the challenges surrounding the development of new technologies for the protection of the marine environment and works at the interface between international law and politics. Houghton is currently funded by the German Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt) for research on deep seabed mining.
Ferkel Johnson is a mime, circus artist and clown from Berlin, Germany. After graduating from the Academy for performing arts in Berlin „Die Etage“ with a diploma in Pantomime he has worked in various fields of the performing arts. Crossing boundaries and genres Ferkel Johnson's oeuvre covers contemporary circus, conceptual mime as well as underground backyard cabarets. When he is not touring the world or producing shows with his own company Ferkel Johnson and the Others, Ferkel Johnson can be found on one of the many stages of Berlin where he is at home.
Jacob Kirkegaard is a Danish artist and composer who works in carefully selected environments to generate recordings that are used in compositions, or combined with video imagery in visual, spatial installations. His works reveal unheard sonic phenomena and present listening as a means of experiencing the world. Kirkegaard has recorded sonic environments as different as subterranean geyser vibrations, empty rooms in Chernobyl, Arctic calving glaciers and tones generated by the human inner ear itself. Kirkegaard has presented his works at galleries, museums and concert spaces throughout the world, including MoMA in New York and Mori Art Museum in Japan, and his work is represented in the permanent collection of LOUISIANA - Museum of Modern Art in Denmark. Kirkegaard's sound works are released on the TOUCH (UK), Important Records (USA) & Posh Isolation (DK) labels.
Armin Linke (born in 1966, lives in Milan and Berlin) is a photographer and filmmaker combining a range of contemporary image-processing technologies to blur the border between fiction and reality. His artistic practice is concerned with different possibilities of dealing with photographic archives and their respective manifestations, as well as the interrelations and transformative forces between urban, architectural or spatial functions and the human being interacting with these environments. His work was presented at Haus der Kulturen der Welt Berlin, ZKM Karlsruhe, PAC Milan, Kunsthalle Wien, Venice Architecture Biennale, MAXXI Rome etc. He was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts Program Cambridge, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe.
Tiphanie Kim Mall works primarily with video and photography. Mall develops a fragile editorial language that articulates her observations and perceptions of everyday life. In a recent video Mall follows elderly people in shopping malls; in another silent HD-video work Mall filmed a group of teenage girls practicing a dance routine in a workshop organized by the artist herself. Further works are Erdbeeren (2013 —2016) consisting of a number of customised screens, each with more than seven hours of footage showing strawberry plants in Mall’s own garden over the course of one night.
Born in Spain, Chus Martínez has a background in philosophy and art history. Currently she is the Head of the Institute of Art of the FHNW Academy of Arts and Design in Basel, Switzerland. Before she was the Chief Curator at El Museo Del Barrio, New York. She was dOCUMENTA (13) Head of Department, and Member of Core Agent Group. Previously she was Chief Curator at MACBA, Barcelona (2008–2011), Director of the Frankfurter Kunstverein (2005–08) and Artistic Director of Sala Rekalde, Bilbao (2002–05).
Christopher Dean "Chris" Myers is an American writer and illustrator of children's books. In 1998, Myers won a Caldecott Honor for his illustrations in Harlem.The following year, he wrote and illustrated Black Cat, a book that received a Coretta Scott King Award (2000).
He is widely acclaimed for his work with literature for young people, and is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally.In addition to writing and illustrating his own stories, Myers often illustrates books written by his father Walter Dean Myers. Some of Christopher's books feature lies and tall tales.
Eduardo Navarro (1979) lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Eduardo’s works always revolve around relations. Can we re-imagine how our energy relates to that of the sun? To a volcano? Can we turn into a horse and return to our human nature cured from any form of solipsism? Can we be a turtle? For this project, Eduardo created four mechanically moving hands, identical to our own, with a mirror surface. These hands belong to two mimes that mimic the Oceans, creating a ballet.
Trevor Paglen's work deliberately blurs lines between science, contemporary art, journalism, and other disciplines to construct unfamiliar, yet meticulously researched ways to see and interpret the world around us. His work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions at numerous national and international venues, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Vienna Secession, Fondazione Prada (Milan), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 2018 he will have survey exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Museo Tamayo (Mexico City), and he will launch an artwork into outer space with the Nevada Museum of Art. In October 2017 Paglen was awarded the prestigious Mac Arthur Fellowship.
Markus Reymann is Director and Co-founder of TBA21–Academy. Between July 2011 and today, Markus Reymann has initiated and conducted numerous expeditions; each trip is designed as a collaboration with invited artists, scientists and thinkers who are eager to embark on oceanic explorations. Inspired by this unusual encounter with both human and natural elements, the Academy commissions ambitious projects informed by the itinerary of the research vessel Dardanella. In December 2015 at COP21 Markus Reymann announced TBA21–Academy's latest programme The Current - the exploratory soul of TBA21 that was conceived to raise awareness about today's most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues. Through its expeditions on sea and land, the Academy seeks to redefine the culture of exploration and discovery in the 21st century.
Silent Rocco is a Berlin based mime artist. He's been dedicated to this art form for more than 20 years. After moving to Berlin to study mime professionally in 2003, he co-founded his company Metroccolis in 2006 and created various nonverbal acts and theatre productions, with guest performances in China, Thailand, Russia, Iraq, Korea and all over Europe. Since 2017, he has been working solely under his artistic moniker Silent Rocco, focusing on extraordinary movement qualities merged with charisma and sensitivity to create his signature mime style.
Rothenberg has performed and recorded on clarinet with Pauline Oliveros, Peter Gabriel, Ray Phiri, Suzanne Vega, Scanner, Iva Bittova, Elliott Sharp, Markus Reuter, and the Karnataka College of Percussion. Rothenberg is the author of "Why Birds Sing", book and CD, published in seven languages and the subject of a BBC television documentary. He is also the author of numerous other books on music, art, and nature, including "Survival of the Beautiful", about aesthetics in evolution, and "Bug Music", about how human love of repetition and rhythm may have come from insects. He worked on the film Song from the Forest and is in production on Nightingales in Berlin, based on his upcoming book. Rothenberg is distinguished professor of philosophy and music at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Andrew Spyrou is a curator, writer, sound artist and former maritime lawyer based between London and Athens, Greece. In 2011 Andrew established the record label The Association for Depth Sound Recordings, working closely with artists operating in unusual and experimental ways within the field of electronic music. The most recent collaboration for the label is a sound work by synthesizer pioneer Peter Zinovieff, composed purely using hydrophone recordings of blue whales, which received its world premiere at dOCUMENTA(14) in Athens. In September this year, Andrew curated the exhibition Echogeographies: Explorations into Urban Sonics at ATOPOS CVC, Athens. He attended the most recent TBA21-Academy expedition, to Fiji and Tonga, with Danish artists Superflex, collecting a series of field recordings and considering the impact of deep sea mining on the South Pacific region.
Sissel Tolaas is a contemporary Norwegian installation artist most widely known for her work with odours.
Born in 1959 in Stavanger, Norway, Tolaas was educated at the West Norway Art Academy in Bergen (now part of the KHiB), as well as art academies in Poznan, Warsaw, and Oslo. She has lived and worked in Berlin since 1986. Her early installation works were composed of sculptural and photographic elements that changed over time due to the integration of chemical processes such as oxidation or the impregnation of materials with soil, salt, water, or chemicals.
Sebastian Unger leads ocean governance research at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS). He has 12 years of experience in international marine policy and science. Unger is a frequent speaker at international ocean governance events and lectures on marine conservation at Potsdam University. Sebastian is co-founder of the Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance (PROG) with UN Environment and IDDRI and established the Potsdam Ocean Governance Workshops series. Before joining the IASS Sebastian was appointed Deputy-Secretary of the OSPAR Commission, the international convention for the protection of the North‐East Atlantic, where he was directly involved in the creation of the world’s first network of marine protected areas on the High Seas.
Davor Vidas is Research Professor in International Law and Director of the Law of the Sea Programme at the Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Norway. He is a member of the Anthropocene Working Group (of the International Commission on Stratigraphy) since 2009, and is the Chair of the Committee on International Law and Sea Level Rise at the International Law Association (2012 –present). During the course of the past 25 years, he has initiated and led several major research projects on international law and interdisciplinary approaches to ocean issues, and is currently the Principal Investigator for an international research project on “Climate Change and Sea Level Rise in the Anthropocene: Challenges for International Law in the 21st Century”. Professor Vidas is the author or editor of ten books on the law of the sea, and also serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal monograph series Brill Research Perspectives on the Law of the Sea and of a popular-science book series Anthropocene, both launched in 2017.
Shabnam Virmani is a filmmaker and singer from India and director of the Kabir Project at the Srishti design institute in Bangalore. Stung by religious riots in her country in 2002, she set out on a series of journeys in quest of the 15th century mystic poet Kabir, exploring how his songs speak to questions of identity, religion, nationalism, impermanence and orality. Struck by the power and contemporary relevance of the poetry of Kabir and other mystics, Sufis and Bauls - the Kabir Project team has now been working for over 14 years in curating it through films, music CDs, books, festivals, workshops and an upcoming web archive. Inspired by the inclusive spirit of folk music, Shabnam took up playing the 5-stringed tambura herself and performs a wide repertoire of folk songs of mystic poets.
Jana Winderen is an artist educated in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London with a background in mathematics, chemistry and fish ecology from the University of Oslo. Jana focuses on audio environments and ecosystems which are hard for humans to access, both physically and aurally. Her activities include immersive multi-channel sound installations and concerts that have been performed internationally in major institutions and public spaces in America, Europe and Asia. Winderen lives and works in Oslo. In 2011 she won the Golden Nica, Ars Electronica, for Digital Musics & Sound Art. She is currently showing the multi-channel audio installation bára, a commission by TBA21 Academy for the exhibition Tidalectics in Vienna (2017) and Rats - secret soundscapes of the city, commissioned by the Munchmuseum on the move / NyMusikk in Oslo (2017). Recent works include Transmission commissioned by the V-A-C foundation for Geometry of Now, Moscow (2017), Spring Bloom in the Marginal Ice Zone for the Sonic Acts festival, Amsterdam (2017). Earlier works include the large multichannel installation DIVE in Park Avenue Tunnel, for New York Department of Transportation, Ultrafield for MoMA in New York and Watersignal for the Guggenheim museum/Unsound festival. Jana was recently an artist-in-residence at the TBA21 Academy, and releases her audio-visual works on Touch.
Susanne M. Winterling
Susanne M. Winterling born and living in Rehau, works across a range of media to explore the sentient economy, digital cultures and the social life of materials in the environment. Winterling’s practice reflects upon political as well as aesthetic entanglements and power structures among human/animal/matter. Forms and materials narrate about species and the elements in today’s challenging geopolitical context. She also remains focused on historical feminist practices and the commons and puts a spotlight on different forms of knowledge through embodiment and cosmologies. She pingpongs the art of conversation on pandorasbox.susannewinterling.com. With an emphasis on enhancing our perceptual consciousness, Winterling undertakes affective and material-based research that highlights the subjective interaction and diffraction between producers, viewers, materials and species in our ecology.
Zavoloka is Ukrainian experimental music composer, sound artist and graphic designer from Kyiv. Zavoloka mainly explores digital and analogue sound and collaborates with Kotra, Laetitia Morais visual artist, she was invited by Aphex Twin to support his live shows. She took part in many international cross-genre art projects, made sound for installations, soundtracks for films. She is also a graphic designer for almost all releases for the record label Kvitnu. Zavoloka performs at many international music festivals, various concert halls, clubs, contemporary art museums, theatres and open-air.
Born 1933, Peter Zinovieff composes using sampled sounds: in this case recordings of a Blue Whale off the coast of Chile. His last piece was a cello concerto with Lucy Railton. He is especially interested in meaningful methods of scoring new computer technology to incorporate detailed scaling structures.