The Oceanic is an exhibition
The Oceanic is an exhibition focusing on large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres, featuring 12 artists, filmmakers, composers, and researchers who engage with both the long cultural histories of Pacific Ocean archipelagos and their current conditions.
As part of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy’s (TBA21–Academy) The Current, an ongoing research initiative that looks into environmental, economic, and socio-political concerns, NTU CCA Singapore Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer was invited by the foundation to lead the first cycle of expeditions from 2015–17. The featured contributors in The Oceanic are The Current Fellows who joined these expeditions to Papua New Guinea (2015), French Polynesia (2016), and Fiji (2017).
Stemming from this first cycle of The Current, The Oceanic asks questions related to the ecological crises affecting the ocean and its littorals: Who are the regulators of the ocean? Why should communities who only contribute to one percent of the global carbon footprint be among the first ones fatally affected by rising sea levels? Are the economic benefits of land and seabed mining shared with communities directly affected by these activities? Who owns the ocean?
From 25 to 27 January 2018, as part of the exhibition and on the occasion of Singapore Art Week 2018, the Centre will host The Current Convening #3, organised by Markus Reymann, Stefanie Hessler (Director and Curator, TBA21–Academy, respectively) and Ute Meta Bauer. This three-day event will focus on the modalities of exchange, shared responsibilities, as well as the ownership/rights of nature and cultures.
The Oceanic marks the start of NTU CCA Singapore’s new overarching topic CLIMATES. HABITATS. ENVIRONMENTS., which will inform and connect the Centre’s various activities—ranging from research to residencies and exhibitions—for the next three years.
Image credit: Lisa Rave, Europium, 2014, still from HD video, sound, 21 min. Courtesy of the artist.
December 8 (Friday) 7:00 pm - March 4 (Sunday) 9:00 pm
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore @ Gillman Barracks
Block 43 Malan Road, Singapore 109443