The exhibition, curated by Ute Meta Bauer, is focusing on large-scale human interventions in oceanic ecospheres with contributions by 12 artists, filmmakers, composers, and researchers who engage with both the long cultural histories of Pacific Ocean archipelagos and their current conditions.
Conceived as part of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy’s (TBA21–Academy) “The Current”, an ongoing research initiative into pressing environmental, economic, and socio-political concerns, NTU CCA Singapore’s Founding Director Professor Ute Meta Bauer was invited to lead the project’s first cycle of expeditions from 2015–17. The featured contributors in The Oceanic are “The Current Fellows” who joined the expeditions on TBA21–Academy’s vessel Dardanella to Papua New Guinea (2015), French Polynesia (2016), and Fiji (2017).
- Lisa Rave, Europium, 2014, still from HD video, sound, 21 min. Courtesy the artist