TBA21–Academy is a contemporary art organization and cultural ecosystem fostering a deeper relationship to the Ocean through the lens of art to inspire care and action.

  • Oceans Rising

    Oceans Rising

    A Companion to Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation

    Daniela Zyman and TBA21

    Forty-one thoughtful contributions by artists, scholars, scientists, and ocean activists in response to the rapidly changing oceans.

    The ocean is rising and with it sea level, water temperature, acidity, algal blooms, and storm surges. Also on the rise are the metrics of accelerated human activity. How are we to fathom the political, aesthetic, and epistemological rise of the oceans from centuries-long invisibilization and forgetting? What ideas and memories do the oceans hold in their depth and reanimate, when the earth's ecosystems suffer? Asking different questions and using multiple registers of sensing expand the possibilities to engage with the oceanic at this precarious moment and rethink its relations to the terrestrial.

    Oceans Rising is a companion reader to Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, an independent oceanic research initiative commissioned by TBA21–Academy and operating out of Ocean Space in Venice. It offers forty-one thoughtful contributions by artists, scholars, scientists, and ocean activists in response to the rapidly changing oceans. Writing from places of conflict and concern, the contributions reveal the magnitude and urgency of ecological devastation, but more important, they provide alternative narratives that strengthen our knowledge communities and contribute to worldmaking practices from an oceanic perspective.

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  • Carsten Höller

    Carsten Höller


    Daniela Zyman and TBA21

    A catalogue as puzzling and conceptually elaborate as the exhibition it accompanies. This fully circular publication has no beginning or end, allowing for multiple points of entry and unconventional ways of reading--both from left to right and vice versa, as well as upside down and right-side up--seeking to interrupt learned behaviors and soliciting the reader's active engagement. It complements the exhibition as it unfolds a play of doubling and symmetry that references the exhibits both formally and in terms of content. This intertwining is also evident in the central text around which the catalogue pivots: a conversation between Carsten Höller—who gained academic experience in phytopathology before embarking on his artistic career--and the taxidermist Alfred Höller during the festival “#WWTBD—What Would Thomas Bernhard Do” at Kunsthalle Wien in 2013. Speaking about taxidermy (birds in particular) and the history of the origins of Thomas Bernhard's infamous novel Correction, which Bernard wrote in Alfred Höller's attic in 1974, the conversation examines conflicting areas between life and death, and between art and nature.

    Copublished with TBA21 on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition, July 10–January 4, 2015

    ContributorsAlfred Höller, Carsten Höller, Daniela Zyman

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