• Skye Morét during The Current II, Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean, TBA21–Academy, Ocean Space, Venedig, 2019, photo: Enrico Fiorese

  • Alexander Tarakhovsky in conversation with Chus Martínez, The Current II, Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean, TBA21–Academy, Ocean Space, Venedig, 2019, photo: Enrico Fiorese

  • Marzia Rovere in conversation with Chus Martínez, The Current II, Convening #2: Phenomenal Ocean, TBA21–Academy, Ocean Space, Venedig, 2019, photo: Enrico Fiorese

Phenomenal Ocean

A podcast series produced by the Art Institute and TBA21–Academy.

It seems hard to believe how much circumstances have changed since the Summer School and convening in Venice last September. At that time, we were thinking about the podcast series as a format for meaningful support, a way of granting access to those who were absent. Now, presence, being together, and enjoying a gathering seem like some of the greatest gifts reality could give to us. For this reason, the podcast not only represents an opportunity to look at our very recent past, but also to come closer to the idea of a shared public life.

We have been collaborating with TBA21–Academy for some years now in our common pursuit of a non-binary understanding of the coexistence of culture and nature, of us and the ocean. This podcast series should therefore be viewed as the beginning of a series of humble but meaningful audio and video productions that address these very issues. Now that we are so worried about our own existence, we should also consider the existence of other non-human forms of life. Now that we are so anxious about our future, we may be able to understand the fear held by nature, by the oceans, by all those that have felt threatened by our actions. We really hope you enjoy this series and we are looking forward to providing further content and artistic input on the matter very soon here and via social media channels as well as the Ocean Archive by TBA21–Academy.


Phenomenal Ocean
Corona Under the Ocean

Corona Under the Ocean is a podcast series exploring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis on ocean research, as well as its effect on the ocean itself. Using the practice of storytelling, the ten chapters (episodes 6 –15) present conversations between writer and curator Sonia Fernández Pan and guests from various disciplines. The series offers a transoceanic perspective emerging from the fields of marine science, postcolonial studies, speculative histories, and political imagination.


7 Corona Under the Ocean: We are Ocean Life

This episode, featuring marine biologist Marah J. Hardt, is dedicated to the vitalism and resilience of the ocean. Outlining her personal journey as a researcher, Marah J. Hardt provides a propositional critique of our relationship with the maritime environment, present but not always visible on a global scale. Understanding ocean research as a necessarily interdisciplinary practice, her scientific practice highlights the importance of storytelling as a tool for dissemination of ideas. In We are Ocean Life, she not only reminds us that all forms of life, including human life, come from the ocean, but also brings us closer to the amazing and exciting sexuality of fish.


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6 Corona Under the Ocean: Oceanizing History

The first episode of the series Corona Under the Ocean is dedicated to Oceania. Did you know that the Pacific Ocean was named so by Ferdinand Magellan, referring to his feeling that the sea was dull over there? In this conversation Greg Dvorak, Professor of International Cultural Studies at Waseda University in Tokyo, reflects on how the colonizer’s view has affected the region and, on how the word indigenous needs to gain even more political meaning.


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5 Facts and Fiction

Our nature inclines us to listen to stories, not to lists, charts, and equations. To change our mind, we need a compelling narrative that turns obstacles into challenges and chances into hopes. The role of art is to foster that transformation, but also to spoil it wherever it’s lame.

Listen to Chus Martínez in conversation with artists Lena Maria Thüring and Teresa Solar.

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4 Law of the sea

If it’s already difficult to protect nature in our own country, how do we protect nature in the extraterritorial sea? And who is there to protect the nature—and the people—of a country that is disappearing into the sea?

Listen to Chus Martínez in conversation with Francesca Mussi, a researcher in international law.

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3 Challenging the Format

Science has to generate output. Art has to cater to an audience. Could art and science join forces to free science from definite outputs and art from definite audiences? Or would art then also be measured by its outcome and science by its audience?

Listen to Chus Martínez in conversation with artists Julieta Aranda, Marco Roso, and Elena Mazzi.

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2 The Beginning of the Line

We affirm ourselves as the center of evolution by saving it from our own destruction. Our new heroism is to keep things, at best, as bad as they are. What does good even mean? We are the joke of evolution—and nobody’s laughing.

Listen to Chus Martínez in conversation with marine scientist Skye Morét and writer Ingo Niermann.

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1 Not Enough Data

We can’t exist beyond nature but science can? Now that we’re doomed, can we at least free science from us? Is the era of a true, posthuman science about to begin or will science be destroyed by our vain efforts to save ourselves?

Listen to Chus Martínez in conversation with marine scientist Marzia Rovere and geneticist Alexander Tarakhovsky.

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Introduction: The Disaster Is Behind Us

We tried to free ourselves from nature but exploited it to the point of self-destruction. Nature seems to have brought us back, but we actually never left. We just forgot about nature—including our very own.

Listen to Chus Martínez, head of the Art Institute in Basel, Markus Reymann, director of TBA21–Academy, and marine scientist Skye Morét.

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Credits

Production: Art Institute and TBA21–Academy

Episodes 6 – 15
Recording and editing: Sonia Fernández Pan and guests 
Final editing: Elena Zieser
Voice-over: Nathan Johnson
Music: Stephen McEvoy

Introduction and episodes 1 – 5
Author of connecting text: Ingo Niermann
Speaker: Bettina Wiehler
Sound track: Sound from All Bleeding Stops Eventually, a series of six videos created by Will Benedict, produced by DIS.ART and commissioned by TBA21–Academy
Editing and Sound design: Elena Zieser
Recording: Phoenix

Research team Art Institute: Marion Ritzmann, Alice Wilke
Producer and Program Coordinator TBA21–Academy: María Montero Sierra
Technical Support and recording: Esther Hunziker, TBA21-Academy, Mark Ferkul
Press and communication: Anna Francke, Katarina Rakuscek
Graphic Design: Ana Domínguez Studio

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