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Oceans – Dialogues between ocean floor and water column

Ozeane – Dialoge zwischen Meeresgrund und Wassersäule

Exhibition by Armin Linke

6 July - 24 September 2017

within the Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans



For more than twenty years now, Armin Linke’s work has dealt with how mankind uses technology and knowledge to transform and develop the Earth’s surface to adapt it to humanity’s needs. His films and photographs are observations of the changes humans have made to the land, oceans, and biosphere.

In his new project, Oceans – Dialogues between ocean floor and water column, Linke dives into the fascinating worlds of the open ocean and the deep sea, in a historical moment when research about these realms has gained importance as never before. With camera in hand, he accompanied scientists, representatives of public research institutions, and other global actors to observe their different procedures and show the interconnections that affect all of their activities.

Oceans – Dialogues between ocean floor and water column will take the form of two multi-channel video installations designed to the architectural specifications of the Edith-Russ-Haus and will include scientific deep sea recordings and video interviews.

Oceans is an official project of the Year of Science 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, a programme of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The project was commissioned and co-produced by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary–Academy (www.TBA21.org). The exhibition at the Edith-Russ-Haus is supported by the Oldenburgische Landesbank AG (OLB) and the State of Lower Saxony.

The project has been realised in collaboration with Giulia Bruno (camera, editing), Giuseppe Ielasi (sound, editing), Renato Rinaldi (sound) and Kati Simon (project management). Special thanks to GEOMAR and MARUM, especially to Sarah Kaehlert and Nils Strackbein, for the valuable assistance with ROV Video Archive.


Oceans, Videostill © Armin Linke


Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans

Marine sciences are the topic of the science year 2016*17. Seas and oceans cover about 71 per cent of our planet.   They are a source of food, an economic space and they influence our climate – and they provide a habitat for plants and animals. Scientists have been exploring the oceans for hundreds of years, and yet they still are a mystery and, to a large extent, uncharted. The Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans is about the exploration and protection of the seas as well as about a sustainable usage. The Science Years are a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Science in Dialogue (WiD). As a key means of communicating research, the Science Years bring research into the public eye and support the dialogue between research and society. Science Year 2016*17 is supported by the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) as specialist partner.

About TBA21–Academy

TBA21–Academy is a site of cultural production and transdisciplinary research, initiated by Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Conceived as a moving platform on the oceans, it brings together artists, researchers, and thinkers from various fields concerned with today’s most urgent ecological, social, and economic issues. Through its expeditions on sea and land, the Academy seeks to reinvent the culture of exploration in the 21st century, while inciting knowledge creation, new modes of collaboration, and the coproduction of solutions for the pressing environmental challenges of today.


Armin Linke: OZEANE. Dialoge zwischen Meeresgrund und Wassersäule, 2017, Videostill. Courtesy of the artist und © ROV Video Archivmaterial: GEOMAR – Helmholtz Zentrum für  Ozeanforschung Kiel und MARUM – Zen­trum für Ma­ri­ne Um­welt­wis­sen­schaf­ten der Uni­ver­si­tät Bre­men.




Short Film Program: The Third Planet

Short Film Program: The Third Planet/Der dritte Planet

Wednesday, 06. September 2017, 19:00


Two award-winning documentaries that combine high-tech scrap collecting with religious practices.One was shot in the far north of Siberia, the other one in Ghana. An evening on the Anthropocene as well as documentary and dystopian science fiction.


 On the Third Planet from the Sun

 Pavel Medvedev, Russia 2006, 31 min, Russian with English subtitles



Lettres du voyant

Louis Henderson, France/Ghana 2013, 40 min, Englisch


Opening Hours and Guided Tours

The Edith-Russ-Haus opens during exhibition times daily without Monday between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free admission on every 4th Saturday of the month. Guided tours during exhibition times every Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. (in German language).

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