What ideas and memories do the oceans hold in their depth and reanimate in response to the trembling of earth’s ecosystems? How to escape the silos of research and inquiry that narrow and fragment the knowledge of the oceans? Asking new questions and using multiple registers of sensing can lead to a revitalization of the ways humans engage with the oceans at this precarious moment and create new pathways for reparative justice. “Oceans Rising” is a companion reader to the research exhibition “Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation” commissioned by TBA21–Academy, an independent oceanic art-science initiative operating out of Ocean Space in Venice. The publication gathers forty-one thoughtful and generous contributions by artists, scholars, scientists, and ocean activists in response to the rapidly changing oceans.
“The oceans are changing very fast, yet knowledge of them is moving slowly and is enveloped in long-established forms of cultural separation and distinction between human activities at land and at sea.”
“Oceans Rising” is edited by Daniela Zyman. Published as a companion to “Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation” exhibition by Sternberg Press in 2021. Donated to the library by TBA21-Academy ❤️
Photos by Anna Iltnere / Sea Library