Ocean Space, presented by TBA21-Academy, in Venice, is seeking to mend and redefine our relationship with the ocean; it is like a collective therapist’s couch for humanity to testify, to come to terms with our treatment of the seas. Situated in an ancient Venetian church, the Church of San Lorenzo, which had been mostly abandoned for over one hundred years, it is a space where scientists and artists alike can come together and form a call to arms on behalf of the world’s oceans.
Just in time for the Venice Biennale, the inaugural exhibition by Joan Jonas, “Moving Off the Land," is a mesmeric celebration of the world underwater, with performative visual pieces that exist at the nexus of scientific and artistic inquiry. The artist traveled with oceanographers the world over, collecting video footage and research to inform her body of work, which is an intimately realized and boldly executed multimedia series that brings to light questions of biological intent, reminders of our own connection to the ocean a la Origin of Species.
From the ocean we came, and to it we shall return — the least we can do is treat it with respect.
office spoke with co-founder and director of TBA21-Academy Markus Reymann about the goals of the space and Jonas' exhibit.