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In Conjunction with the 2017 UN Climate Change Conference, TBA21–Academy Mounts Cross-Disciplinary Program in Bonn, Germany, Interrogating the Impact of Ocean Conservation

Bonn, Germany

Held on November 10 at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Day-Long Program Challenges Perceptions and Focuses on Unconventional Solutions through Discussion, Performance and Film 

WHAT: OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 brings together some of the brightest minds in science, exploration and art to create a dynamic platform that transforms discussion into action. Held in partnership with COP23 – the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany – the day-long program, organized by TBA21–Academy at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, features thought-provoking dialogues, workshops, musical performances, and film exploring the urgent need for ocean conservation. Discussions will focus on how humanity adapts to and can mitigate climate change, and how Marine Protected Areas can often impede how traditional communities protect and interact with their sacred  lands and heritage, often obstructing a way of life established over generations. 

OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 marks the next event in the TBA21–Academy ‘Open Ocean Space’ series, which features responsive, collaborative, and innovative pop-up programming that connects a growing global community to ocean advocacy. Linked to timely and important current events, their most recent event in the series was held during the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference in June and coincided with World Oceans Day, capitalizing on the moment to maximize attention and awareness.  

WHO: Participants and presenters include Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) Founder and Executive Producer Francesca von Habsburg; TBA21–Academy Director Markus Reymann; Sculpt the Future Foundation Founder David Mayer de Rothschild; Paramount Chief of the Lau Islands, Chief Roko Sau; artist Armin Linke; Alligator Head Foundation Chair Dee Kyne; Alligator Head Foundation Youth Ambassador Wayne J; Loving Islands Founder Litia Kirwin; ARTPORT_making waves Co-Founder & Executive Director Anne-Marie Melster; filmmaker Lisa Rave, among others.

OPEN OCEAN SPACE X COP23 has been developed in association with ARTPORT_making waves Co-Founder & Executive Director Anne-Marie Melster. 

WHEN: Friday, November 10, from 10.30am – 5.00pm

ADMISSIONS: The event is free and open to the public.

SCHEDULE:

10:30 - 10:55  - WORKING FOR THE OCEAN: FROM ART COLLECTION TO ACADEMY TO ACTION 

Speakers: 

  • Francesca von Habsburg, Founder and Chairwoman, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
  • Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy

 

11:00 – 1.00 - CREATING A MOVEMENT: FROM THE INDIVIDUAL TO THE ORGANISATION

Speakers: 

  • Armin Linke, Artist & Fellow of TBA21–Academy’s The Current programme
  • Litia Kirwin, Social Entrepreneur & Founder Director of Loving Islands
  • Roko Sau, Paramount Chief of Totoya Province, Lau Islands
  • David de Rothschild, Explorer, Ocean Activist & Founder, Sculpt the Future Foundation
  • Wayne J, Youth Ambassador, Alligator Head Foundation

 

14:00 – 16:00 - THE IMPACTS OF ACTION: IS CONSERVATION A NEW FORM OF COLONIALISM? 

Speakers:

  • Lisa Rave, Filmmaker & Fellow of TBA21–Academy’s The Current programme
  • Litia Kirwin, Social entrepreneur & Founder Director of Loving Islands 
  • Francesca von Habsburg, Chairperson, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
  • Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation
  • Anne-Marie Melster, Co-Founder &  Executive Director of ARTPORT_making waves

 

16:00 – 17:00 - FILM: THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND

Curated by Vanina Saracino, commissioned by IKONO TV 

Featured artists:

  • Ursula Biemann
  • Isabelle Hayeur 
  • Michelle Claire Gevint 
  • Sara Tirelli 
  • Fiona Tan 
  • New Mineral Collective (Tanya Busse and Emilija Skarnulyte)

 

 

 

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Galapagos Fishes And Diver, 2013; photo credit: Jose Alejandro Alvares

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