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.

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 transdisciplinary scholar and writer. He leads INTERPRT, an environmental justice project that investigates and advocates for the criminalization of ecocide under international law.

Charmaine Chua

Charmaine Chua is Assistant Professor in the Department of Global Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research and teaching interests are in technologies of globalization, global political economy, infrastructure studies, empire and imperialism, and ocean studies.

Jeremy 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.

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.

Margarida Mendes

Margarida Mendes is a researcher and curator based between Lisbon and London, and 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.

Peter Sipeli

Peter Sipeli is a published poet, spoken word performer, and storyteller. He manages The Poetry Shop, Fiji, and established the online art publication ARTtalk.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams is a professor of palaeobiology at the University of Leicester. He is a member of the Stratigraphy Commission of the Geological Society of London, and leads the paleoclimate team of the British Geological Survey.

Jan Zalasiewicz

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

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