AQUARIA. Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea
MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology)
Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea reflects on the possibilities and new questions that arise when rethinking of our relationship with the marine world could come up against. Aquaria are devices that organise and represent marine life, they are complex systems which, in the paradigm of modernity and urbanisation, embody the transformation of Nature into Culture, with the help of thanks to the support of Technology and Capital.
This separation of culture as an entity divorced from the organic-natural world derives from scientific and rational attempts to categorise and organise. Today, such constructs that divide culture from nature no longer come across as convincing: the new climate regime calls for new narratives that go beyond the hierarchies which revolve around man and his exploitation of resources and bodies.
As part of the exhibition, a film commissioned to Armin Linke, which was realized entirely behind the scenes at Lisbon Oceanarium, examines the multidimensionality of aquatic architecture, in which the wonders of nature are displayed through hidden, well-orchestrated technology.
→ AQUARIA is curated by Angela Rui with exhibition design by 2050+ the studio headed by Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, and graphic design by studio òbelo.
→ the exhibition features a newly commissioned film by Armin Linke fully realized inside the backstage of the Lisbon Oceanarium thank to this unprecedented collaboration with the museum.
→ the public program to include a collaboration with TBA21–Academy.