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TBA21-Academy: A Contemporary Exploration at World Oceans Week - June 5 & 6

As part of our first-ever World Oceans Week, leading artists, scientists, explorers, and conservationists will transform The Explorers Club into a place of collaboration, participation, and inspiration through a dynamic cross-disciplinary program exploring the most pressing issues facing our oceans today.

Organized by TBA21–Academy, and unfolding in four thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, “A Contemporary Exploration” reveals how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions in conserving and sustainably using the oceans.

Included with the presentations are two experiential sense installations: Sissel Tolaas, the contemporary Norwegian installation artist most widely known for her work with odors, is presenting “Oceanic Scentscape” that allows attendees to experience the “scents” of the oceans; also, Peter Zinovieff, the synthesizer pioneer, will be presenting his “Sound Installation” of Blue Whale recordings.

These sessions are free of charge and open to the public, with no sign-up required.

MONDAY, June 5th, 2 – 6pm

Art and Artists on the Ocean

2.00pm  | A Poetic Pacific Introduction – Rosanna Raymond, Artist-Curator-Performer

2.05pm  | The Explorers Club and the Oceans: Past, Present and Future – Ted Janulis, President, The Explorers Club

2.20pm  | The Ocean As Narrative – Christopher Myers, Writer-Illustrator

2.35pm  | The Artist Through The History Of Oceanography – In conversation: D Graham Burnett, Historian-Writer, with Mark Dion, Artist

[3.00 – 3.30pm : break]

Scientific Discoveries and Strategies for Change

3.30pm  | A Poetic Pacific Introduction – Rosanna Raymond, Artist-Curator-Performer

3.35pm  | Implementing Strategies For Change – Panel discussion: Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institute of Oceanography; Neil Davies, Zoologist; Dayne Buddo, Lead Scientist, Alligator Head Foundation; Françoise Gaill, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS. Chaired by Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation

4.15pm  | Seeing The Ocean: A Turtle’s Perspective – Dave Gruber, Marine Biologist

[4.30 – 5.00pm : break]


Oceanic Stories and Narratives

5.00pm  | A Poetic Pacific Introduction – Rosanna Raymond, Artist-Curator-Performer

5.05pm  | Art On The Ocean – Joan Jonas, Artist

5.20pm  | The Ocean Space – Francesca von Habsburg, Founder & Chairperson, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)

5.35pm  | Climate Change And The Ocean – Walter Munk, Professor of Geophysics, Scripps Institute of Oceanography

[6.00pm : closing remarks – Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy]

TUESDAY, June 6th, 2 – 4pm

Extraordinary Approaches to Explorations

2.00pm  | Monaco Explorations

2.15pm  | Contemporary Polar Explorations – Fabricia Giradeau, ARC

2.30pm  | Broadcasting From The Field – Mark Dalio, Founder & Creative Director, Alucia Productions

[2.45 – 3.15pm : break]

3.15pm  | Citizen Science Exploration – David Lang, Co-founder, OpenROV

3.30pm  | Inciting Knowledge Production – Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy

3.45pm  | Exploring Hope – Sylvia Earle, President / Chairperson, Mission Blue

[4.00pm : closing remarks – Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation]


•  Sound installation of Blue Whale recordings by Peter Zinovieff
•  Oceanic scentscape by Sissel Tolaas

Part of World Oceans Week at The Explorers Club

Published by : Explorers Club Staff

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