Territorial Agency, Oceans in Transformation


Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
From August 27, 2020 until November 29, 2020
Ocean Space - TBA21-Acacemy, Venice 
August 27–November 29, 2020


TBA21​–​Academy has reopened its Venice venue, Ocean Space, with the exhibition ​Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, c​urated by Daniela Zyman. Commissioned by TBA21​–​Academy, the foundation that drives a rigorous art-science practice and cross-disciplinary research to support action and ocean advocacy, the exhibition will inaugurates the second season at Ocean Space in Venice, striving to contribute to a gradual reawakening of Venetian cultural institutions.

Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation ​synthesizes three years of research to unfold one of the most extensive readings of the Anthropocene ocean to date. The project explores new ways of connecting research groups that address the oceans at a time of rapid change, linking science, arts, and politics by way of shared images, datasets, and narratives. Following seven spatial trajectories, the visualised data is displayed on thirty large screens inviting viewers to trace the impact of human activities on the oceanic system. The research project has unfolded over several years through interactions with hundreds of scientists, research institutions, intergovernmental organizations, scholars, activists, policy makers, and artists. 

Oceans in Transformation ​aims to find different forms of collaboration to bring together things that we imagine are apart. The research project indicates how we need to imagine the oceans as a principal component of a living planet, limit human activity—fishing, transport, and extraction—in the high seas, and allow marine environments to regenerate. Solutions to face the threats facing the future of the oceans are known: what is missing is the imagination to act. 

Curated by Daniela Zyman
Commissioned TBA21–Academy and co-produced with ​Luma Foundation
Supported by ​Lunu Solutions 
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.
Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationat Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, 2020. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformationis commissioned by TBA21−Academy and co-produced with Luma Foundation. Photo: Enrico Fiorese.