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TBA21 First Convening In Jamaica

4 years ago

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary has announced the first ever TBA21 The Current Convening, to be held at the newly inaugurated independent art venue _space in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 2015 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) redirected its programming towards climate change, with a focus on the oceans. The foundation initiated its triennial project: The Current, during the climate change conference COP21 in Paris. The Current is a three-year exploratory fellowship program based in the Pacific. It aims to literally take creative practice out of the studio, to take science out of the lab, and to take all participants out of their comfort zones. Working collaboratively across disciplines in new and unpredictable environments, the program merges the diverse approaches of curators, artists, scientists, and researchers, encouraging them to find innovative ways of approaching and thinking about and addressing climate change. Participants are challenged to create and experiment with diverse processes of knowledge production and transfer, which then form the basis of a Convening. A tailor-made tool for commissioning and disseminating ambitious and unconventional projects beyond traditional art categories, The Current embraces the notion of the journey as a goal in itself.

A selected group of participants (Fellows) joins an expedition on the research vessel Dardanella, led by three curators (expedition leaders). The Current’s first expedition was guided by Ute Meta Bauer (Founding Director of the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore), who took a team of artists and researchers to Papua New Guinea in the autumn of 2015. In the next expedition, the Swiss curator Damian Christinger embarks on a voyage to French Polynesia in June 2016. Each voyage concludes with a convening, a public presentation informed by the participants’ experiences at sea. These gatherings offer unprecedented opportunities to share joint fieldwork, bringing together artists, scientists, and local stakeholders who share a commitment to exploring the consequences of climate change.


Elena Scarpa

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