Phenomenal Ocean
Podcast, 2019-2020

A podcast series produced by the Art Institute and TBA21–Academy

The recordings were made in Venice during TBA21–Academy 2019, The Current II, Summer School and Convening #2 both led by Chus Martínez

Can what is necessary be pleasurable as well? Can a radical transformation, following the principles of feminism, anti-racism, and anti-fascism eventually be easier than we think and closer than we expect?

The Current II, Summer School #2 was a week-long workshop with students from the Art Institute in Basel and The School for Curatorial Studies in Venice. The workshop focused on the appropriation of the topic Phenomenal Ocean through texts, body work, art, discussions, and meetings with different protagonists, activists, and artists on site. Followed by The Current II, Convening #2, a day of ideas for a new ocean language in response to the IPCC Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, presented by TBA21–Academy. Led by Chus Martínez, Expedition Leader of The Current II, the second of three annual Convenings exploring the theme “Spheric Ocean.”

The Summer School and the Convening were both located at Ocean Space in Venice, a venue that has as its primordial aim to enhance—through a dialogue between art, science, advocacy, and activism—the process and the demands of becoming Earth.

To this process belongs not only action and a sense of urgency, but also philosophy, art, and defining culture, so that it encompasses scientific thinking and analysis, political thought, community concerns, and justice in all its complex forms.

Production: Art Institute and TBA21–Academy
Author of connecting text: Ingo Niermann
Speaker: Bettina Wiehler
Soundtrack: Sound from "All Bleeding Stops Eventually", a series of six videos created by Will Benedict, produced by DIS.ART and commissioned by TBA21–Academy
Research team Art Institute: Marion Ritzmann, Alice Wilke
Producer and Program Coordinator TBA21–Academy: María Montero Sierra
Editing and Sounddesign: Elena Zieser
Technical Support and recording: Esther Hunziker, TBA21-Academy, Phoenix, Marion Ritzmann, María Montero Sierra
Press and communication: Anna Francke
© Art Institute HGK FHNW in Basel and TBA21–Academy