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Artists, Scientists, and Explorers Collaborate In Cross-Disciplinary Program Fostering Ocean Literacy and Participation on June 5 and 6

New York, NY
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Organized by TBA21–Academy in Conjunction with The Explorers Club Two-Day Program of Discussions, Performances, and Installations Stimulate New Dialogues about the Ocean as a Source of Inspiration and Discovery


WHAT: During the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference and coinciding with World Oceans Day, leading artists, scientists, explorers and conservationists will transform The Explorers Club into a place of collaboration, participation, and inspiration through a dynamic cross-disciplinary program exploring the most pressing issues facing our oceans today.  Organized by TBA21–Academy and curated by TBA21–Academy director Markus Reymann, “A Contemporary Exploration” unfolds in thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, revealing how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions in conserving and sustainably using the oceans. A program schedule is available at

WHO: Participants and presenters include Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) founder Francesca von Habsburg, Explorers Club president Ted Janulis, the President of the Republic of Palau Thomas Esang "Tommy" Remengesau, Jr., artists Joan Jonas and Mark Dion, geophysicist Walter Munk, citizen science champion David Lang, marine biologistsSylvia Earleand David Gruber, oceanographer Margaret Leinen, among many others. 

Two art installations specially conceived for this event – a sound installation of Blue Whale recordings by synthesizer pioneer Peter Zinovieff and an oceanic scentscape by Sissel Tolaas – immerse visitors into the scents and sounds of the ocean throughout the two-day conference.  

WHEN: Monday, June 5, 2017, 2 – 6pm 

Exploratory themes include oceanic exploration through the lens of the arts and scientific discoveries and strategies for change

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 2 – 4pm

Exploratory themes include extraordinary new approaches to oceanic expeditions and explorations


TBA21–Academy leads artists, scientists, and thought-leaders on expeditions of collaborative discovery. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of our ocean through the lens of art and to engender creative solutions to its most pressing issues.  The itinerant Academy commissions interdisciplinary research that catalyzes engagement, stimulates new knowledge, and inspires artistic production. Founded in 2011, our nonprofit’s program is informed by a belief in the power of exchange between disciplines and in the ability of the arts as a vessel for communication, change, and action. TBA21–Academy’s first exhibition, Tidalectics, presenting thirteen artists whose work reveal diverse perspectives on the cultural, political and biological dimensions of the oceans, recently opened in the foundation’s headquarters in Vienna. 


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