Human impact on the Earth is usually narrated as a story of terrestrial and atmospheric modifications, with a focus on stratigraphic markers. Yet what is ultimately at stake in the Anthropocene is the health of our aqueous planet. While sea level rise has become the most alarming and acknowledged harbinger for oceanic catastrophe, a host of invisible and slow processes forcing marine degradation are undertheorized and often experienced and spoken for by different actors and research disciplines.

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Singapore, 2030 A tropical storm is brewing. A group of anonymous hackers recently leaked confidential government documents showing that...
Emma McCormick-Goodhart
[audio ARC_OIT_EM_A3] Frequency Fishing It’s only when we dive that we understand. —Pak Harun Mohamad 1 “[To] get a sense...
Margarida Mendes and João Martins
The Azores archipelago has long been considered a site of geostrategic relevance for geopolitical and resource exploitation due to its natural...
Jeremy B.C. Jackson
The oceans throughout history provided seemingly inexhaustible fish for people brave and skillful enough to exploit them. Whenever fish catches...
Mark Williams and Jan Zalasiewicz
Earth’s oceans are a permanent feature of its surface. They are visible, even though very faintly, six billion kilometers away in deep space. On a...
Laleh Khalili
Flying above oceanic anchorages near the world’s largest oil ports reveals a tangle of all sorts of cargo ships waiting to bunker (refuel), as...
Nabil Ahmed
In March 2019, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) acquired a leaked letter that would signal a new stage in their struggle...
Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta
monster From monstrum, monere : to show, warn, or remind by which gods give notice of calamity Hence: monstrous premonition...
Astrida Neimanis
The Weather As an embodied experience and agentic force, weather moves, scars, imprints. Our armpits dampen in response to the heat; our jaws...
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
0000 The horizon is the interception of sight with the surface of the planet. It is a space that marks both a position and a transient flux:...
Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Palmesino, Markus Reymann, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, and Daniela Zyman
Oceans in Transformation is a collaboration between TBA21–Academy and e-flux Architecture within the context of the eponymous exhibition at...
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Nature & Ecology
Subject
Water & The Sea, Climate change, Extractivism, Pollution & Toxicity, Anthropocene

Oceans in Transformation is a collaboration between TBA21–Academy and e-flux Architecture within the context of the eponymous exhibition at Ocean Space in Venice by Territorial Agency and its manifestation on Ocean Archive.

Contributors
  • Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Palmesino, Markus Reymann, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, and Daniela Zyman Editorial
  • John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog When Above
  • Astrida Neimanis The Sea and the Breathing
  • Anne McClintock Monster: A Fugue in Fire and Ice
  • Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta The Fisherman and the Scientist
  • Nabil Ahmed Infrastructural Snare
  • Laleh Khalili Shipping Oil
  • Mark Williams and Jan Zalasiewicz Forest Gardens Beneath the Anthropocene Seas
  • Jeremy B.C. Jackson Revaluing the Oceans
  • Margarida Mendes and João Martins Muddying the Waters
  • Emma McCormick-Goodhart Underwater (Un)Sound
  • Junyuan Feng and Alvin Li Four Cautionary Tales from the Future Asian Metropolis
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