Guided tour of the exhibition »Tidalectics«

Jana Winderen, Silencing of the Reefs, 2015 Photo: Jose Alejandro Alvarez

The exhibition »Tidalectics« at TBA–Augarten, Vienna, is presenting 13 international artists whose distinctive works cast oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political and biological dimensions of the oceans – some by examining the effects of man-made issues such as climate change and sea-level rise, others by creating human and »more-than-human« relationships. Curated by Stefanie Hessler, the exhibition features nine newly commissioned works, some of which were created during TBA Academy expeditions to the Pacific, as well as outstanding works from the TBA21 collection.

»Tidalectics« takes an oceanic worldview and attempts to conceive an alternative form of engaging with oceanic living spaces. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition reflects the rhythmic flow of the water and the incessant swelling and receding of the tides. Taking its title from a play on words by the Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, »Tidalectics« seeks to comprehend history as something shaped by waves, embracing ocean crossings and systems of exchange, myths and microbial origins. The exhibition highlights processes of cultural adaptation and material change, presenting a rich framework for understanding the coalescing polarities of contemporaneity and history, science and poetics, routes and roots, as well as ourselves – mostly land-dwelling humans – and the oceans and their great diversity of inhabitants.

Artists: Atif Akin, Darren Almond, Julian Charrière, Em’kal Eyongakpa, Tue Greenfort, Ariel Guzik, Newell Harry, Alexander Lee, Eduardo Navarro, Sissel Tolaas, Janaína Tschäpe & David Gruber, Jana Winderen, Susanne M. Winterling

The TBA21 Academy is a place of cultural production and transdisciplinary research, initiated by TBA21. It is conceived as a floating platform for the oceans, bringing together artists, scientists and other thinkers from different spheres to investigate the most pressing ecological, social and economic issues of our time.

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