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TIDALECTICS / A DIFFERENT WAY OF ENGAGING WITH THE OCEANS AND THE WORLD WE INHABIT

Curated by Stefanie Hessler, Tidalectics presents thirteen artists whose distinctive works cast oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political and biological dimensions of the oceans, examining the effects of human-made issues,  such as climate change and sea-level rise, while reimagining human and “more-than-human” relationships. The exhibition features nine newly commissioned works, many flowing from the Academy’s expeditions in the Pacific Ocean, alongside exceptional pieces from the TBA21 collection.

It will be accompanied by a series of spoken word-performances every Friday on the TBA21–Ephemeropteræ stage in Augarten, co-curated by Boris Ondreička and Daniela Zyman with Stefanie  Hessler and Markus Reymann, episodes from a Tidalectics radio series in collaboration with NTS Radio, as well as a comprehensive publication. TBA21 chairwoman Francesca von Habsburg commented: “I have committed the work of TBA21 to the most pressing topics of today, not only in a descriptive fashion but by taking the language of art to concrete actions and solution finding. It’s a turning point for the foundation as it increasingly looks unashamedly at becoming an agent of change. We need to make peace with the oceans.”

Darren Almond A, 2002, Video still: ©Courtesy the artist and Jay Jopling, White Cube, London

Darren Almond A, 2002, Video still: ©Courtesy the artist and Jay Jopling, White Cube, London

Left: Atif Akin Tepoto Sud morph Moruroa, 2017 Poster and HD animation Right: Janaina Tschäpe & David Gruber Fictionary of Corals and Jellies, 2017 Blood, Sea, 2017 Watercolor pencil on paper 2 leporellos Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary-Academy, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection, Vienna, Courtesy the artist Copyright: © Installation view: Atif Akin, Tepoto Sud morph Moruroa, Janaina Tschäpe and David Gruber, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017 Photo: Jorit Aus

© Installation view: Atif Akin, Tepoto Sud morph Moruroa, Janaina Tschäpe and David Gruber, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017 Photo: Jorit Aus

The ocean covers approximately 72 percent of the earth’s surface, provides habitat for 90 percent of all life on the planet, and is responsible for every other breath we take. Yet we know more about our galaxy than this vital life support system: Tidalectics is an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit. Unbound by land-based modes of thinking and living, the exhibition is reflective of the rhythmic fluidity of water and the incessant swelling and receding of the tides Taking its title from a play on words by the celebrated Barbadian poet-historian Kamau Braithwaite, Tidalectics seeks to comprehend our histories as trajectories tossed by waves, from ocean crossings to systems of exchange, myths, and microbial origins. The exhibition will highlight 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, and ourselves – mostly land-dwelling humans – with the oceans and their many and diverse inhabitants.

TBA21–Academy director Markus Reymann commented: “This exhibition bears the fruits of an experiment that Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary embarked on in 2011: an explorational voyage that has become TBA21–Academy. This has led us not only to researching the Pacific Ocean at great lengths and engaging with local communities and organizations with our extraordinary participants, but it has also led to a program and commitment that transcends the exhibition space and brings our practice to science, conservation and exploration. This exhibition is the attempt to bring all of these influences together and share this newly gained oceanview and engagement with our TBA21 audience.”

Mixed media installation and CGI animation Dimensions variable Copyright: © Installation view: Susanne M. Winterling, Glistening Troubles, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017 Photo: Jorit Aust

Mixed media installation and CGI animation Dimensions variable. © Installation view: Susanne M. Winterling, Glistening Troubles, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017 Photo: Jorit Aust.

Stainless steel table, Aurelia aurita, aquarium with technique, single-channel video projection of Chironex, glass panel Table: 85 x 260 x 100 cm; tank: 80 x 80 x 80 cm; video: 5 min 14 sec Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy Copyright: © Installation view: Tue Greenfort, Tamoya Ohboya, Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, 2017 Photo: Jorit Aust

Stainless steel table, Aurelia aurita, aquarium with technique, single-channel video projection of Chironex, glass panel Table: 85 x 260 x 100 cm; tank: 80 x 80 x 80 cm; video: 5 min 14 sec Commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy.

Jana Winderen, Silencing of the Reefs, Photo: © Jose Alejandro Alvarez, 2013

Jana Winderen, Silencing of the Reefs, Photo: © Jose Alejandro Alvarez, 2013

SisselTolaas, TheArtist. Photo: © Daisy Ginsberg 2017

SisselTolaas, TheArtist. Photo: © Daisy Ginsberg 2017

JanaínaTschaepe, Fictionary of Corals and Jellies, Photo: © Courtesy the Artist, 2017

JanaínaTschaepe, Fictionary of Corals and Jellies, Photo: © Courtesy the Artist, 2017

Susanne M. Winterling, GlisteningTroubles, Contour8, Photo: ©Kristof Vrancken 2017

Susanne M. Winterling, GlisteningTroubles, Contour8, Photo: ©Kristof Vrancken 2017

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