Oceans in Transformation

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.

Nick Axel
Nikolaus Hirsch
John Palmesino
Markus Reymann
Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
Daniela Zyman

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.

Emma McCormick-Goodhart
Underwater (Un)Sound
Margarida Mendes and João Martins
Muddying the Waters
Jeremy B.C. Jackson
Revaluing the Oceans
Mark Williams and Jan Zalasiewicz
Forest Gardens Beneath the Anthropocene Seas
Laleh Khalili
Shipping Oil
Nabil Ahmed
Infrastructural Snare
Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta
The Fisherman and the Scientist
Astrida Neimanis
The Sea and the Breathing
John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog
When Above
Nick Axel, Nikolaus Hirsch, John Palmesino, Markus Reymann, Ann-Sofi Rönnskog, and Daniela Zyman
Nabil Ahmed

Nabil Ahmed is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Academy of Fine Art, Architecture and Design faculty of Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and founder of INTERPRT, a research and design studio commissioned by TBA21–Academy that investigates environmental crimes.

Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta

Cresantia Frances Koya Vaka’uta is Director of the Oceania Center for Arts, Culture and Pacific Studies and the Pacific Heritage Hub, a UNESCO Project, at the Faculty of Arts, Law & Education, University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva.

Junyuan Feng

Junyuan Feng is an artist and writer based in Shanghai, currently a lecturer at Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts.

Jeremy B.C. Jackson

Jeremy Jackson is Senior Scientist Emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution and Professor of Oceanography Emeritus at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Laleh Khalili

Laleh Khalili is a Professor of International Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Her most recent book, Sinews of War and Trade, was published by Verso in 2020.

Alvin Li

Alvin Li is a writer, curator, and contributing editor of frieze, based in Shanghai, China. 

João Martins

João Martins is a member of the MAPA collective in Portugal, writing on issues of social and environmental equity, justice, and sustainability.

Anne McClintock

Anne McClintock is the A. Barton Hepburn Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. Her work examines the intersections between race, gender and sexualities; imperialism and globalization; visual culture and mass media; sexual and gender violence; and environmentalism and animal studies.

Emma McCormick-Goodhart

Emma McCormick-Goodhart is an artist, writer and researcher based between New York and London. She studied at the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths, and prior, founded an itinerant pedagogical program for the Institut des hautes études en arts plastiques (Paris) in New York City in 2014.

Margarida Mendes

Margarida Mendes is a researcher and curator, and is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Research Architecture, Goldsmiths. She is a founding member of the environmental movement Oceano Livre, a coalition of Portuguese NGOs working against deep sea mining.

Astrida Neimanis

Astrida Neimanis is a senior lecturer in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She is the Co-Convenor of the COMPOSTING Feminisms and Environmental Humanities reading and research group, as well as Co-Director of The Seed Box, and international Environmental Humanities Collaboratory at Linkoping University.

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog

John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog are architects and urbanists. They established Territorial Agency, an independent organization that combines architecture, analysis, advocacy, and action for integrated spatial transformation of contemporary territories. They are based in London, where they teach at the AA Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is Professor of Palaeobiology at the University of Leicester, and a former secretary and long-time member of the Anthropocene Working Group, where much of his work now focuses on quantifying human-induced changes to the biosphere. With Jan Zalasiewicz, he is the author of The Goldilocks planet (2012), Ocean Worlds (2014), and Skeletons: The Frame of Life (2018).

Jan Zalasiewicz

Jan Zalasiewicz is professor of paleobiology at the University of Leicester and Chair of the Anthropocene Working Group of the International Commission on Stratigraphy.

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