Art and the Ocean

TBA21-Academy The Current Convening #2

13–15 December 2016

Fort Kochi, Kerala, India

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna, presents TBA21-Academy The Current Convening #2 on the occasion of the opening of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016.

Convening #2 is a three-day program profoundly dedicated to the oceans. It aims to reexamine and unfold questions arising from the ethics of exploration, the rights of nature and the international law of the sea, processes of image and knowledge making, collaborative modes of exchange, as well as sharing poetic approaches to currents and flows of water across cultures. We invite you to participate in this engaging program of structured conversations, workshops, performances, talks, and screenings convened by The Current expedition leaders Ute Meta Bauer and Cesar Garcia and TBA21-Academy curator Stefanie Hessler.

The Convening takes the form of an archipelago of processes sited throughout Fort Kochi. The Cochin Club functions as a central hub encouraging unique moments of daily encounter among The Current Fellows, local participants, and visiting guests. Expanding beyond the hub, the Convening is nested in the city’s urban spaces, in the central Vasco de Gama Plaza, in the spice market, in its museums, and on the shores of the sea. Kochi’s maritime history and narratives shaped by trade, migration, and travel at sea, alongside contemporary concerns such as dredging and labor conditions, resonate in today’s cultural consciousness in the city and form the discursive background for the Convening.

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