Markus Reymann was trained as an actor and successfully performed on screen and on stage for many years, and in major productions. He joined TBA21 in 2011. With TBA21 Chairperson and Founder Francesca Habsburg, he co-founded TBA21 Academy where he subsequently took on the role of a director. As a central programming unit of TBA21, the Academy provides a moving platform of cultural production and interdisciplinary exchange within TBA21. Between July, 2011 and today, Reymann initiated and conducted numerous expeditions. Each trip is designed as a collaboration with invited artists, scientists and thinker's 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 Reymann announced TBA21-Academy's latest program The Current. The Current is the exploratory soul of TBA21. It was conceived to raise awareness for today's most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues. Through its expeditions on sea and land, The Current seeks to redefine the culture of exploration and discovery in the 21st century.