Art and Oceans: KIT at the Starmus Festival

June 15, 2017 - 22:36 -- admin

Trondheim Academy of Fine Art contributes to the Starmus Festival
June 18-23

What can be the role of art and the work of artists when it comes to addressing global challenges regarding the future of the oceans? Uncertainty, complexity, and fluidity within ocean research are challenging the borders of conventional forms of knowledge production. It opens up opportunities for interventions carried out within new alliances of agencies and collaborations. The production of knowledge across different fields of artistic practices and scientific research creates new understandings of the world we live in. This will allow us to shape a future that is both, better and to be shared.

Over the past months, the artists Armin Linke and Giulia Bruno have documented activities in the ocean research laboratories of NTNU and SINTEF. Their artwork Oceans is part of NTNU’s artistic research project Divisions and commissioned by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) - Academy, an itinerant site of cultural production and interdisciplinary research on the oceans. It marks the beginning of a long-term collaboration between the Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU’s strategic research area Ocean and TBA21-Academy.

TBA21 chairwoman Francesca von Habsburg and Markus Reymann, director of TBA21-Academy are going to visit Trondheim next week in order to present their work and participate in a series of panel debates at the Starmus Festival.

Out of the blue: Art and science for oceans futures
Panel discussion with Francesca von Habsburg and Markus Reymann, moderated by Florian Schneider
Trondheim Spektrum (Klostergata 90)
Starmus Festival Pass required

Starmus Marine Day
Art and Oceans: Linking Science to Society
Professor Florian Schneider, Trondheim Academy of Fine Art, NTNU; Francesca von Habsburg, Founder and Chairwoman of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy.
Kunnskapssenteret (Olav Kyrres gate 17), Auditorium KA 12
Free entrance

Panel discussion including Markus Reymann, Torsten Wiesel, Alexandra Witze, Susan Bailey, Claude Nicollier, David Eicher
Starmus Festival Pass required

Founded by Francesca von Habsburg and drawing on her experience as a producer of cross-disciplinary art installations and socially engaged cultural programming, TBA21–Academy leads artists, scientists, and thought-leaders on expeditions of collaborative discovery. Its 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. Established in 2011, the 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 13 artists whose work reveal diverse perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the ocean, recently opened in the foundation’s headquarters in Vienna.


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