The Ocean After Nature: Book Launch and Screening
Friday, August 5, 2016
Reception at 5:30pm
Screening at 6:00pm
South Street Seaport Museum
209 Water Street
New York, NY 10038
FREE and open to the public
In this special book launch event on the East Coast, ICI will present its latest publication, The Ocean After Nature, alongside a screening of Allan Sekula and Noël Burch’s The Forgotten Space. The film, featured in the exhibition, looks at the ocean in its contemporary and invisible role as a buttress of global capitalism. Focusing on the harbors of Los Angeles, Rotterdam, Bilbao, and Hong Kong, it shows how cargo containers have transformed maritime shipping into an instrument of labor exploitation and environmental devastation.
The Ocean After Nature considers the ocean as a site reflecting the ecological, cultural, political, and economic realities of a globalized world through the work of twenty artists and collectives. These internationally established and emerging artists explore new ways of representing the seascape as a means to identify and critique the various interrelated and chaotic systems of power, such as land-sea divides, the circulation of people and goods, and the vulnerabilities of our ecosystems. Featuring work in a wide variety of media—including photography, video, sculpture, music, and design—the exhibition proposes that seascapes do not only reflect power but can be instruments of power themselves.
The Ocean After Nature is edited by curator and ICI Director of Exhibitions Alaina Claire Feldman and has been designed by Geoff Kaplan / General Working Group. The Ocean After Nature includes new contributions by Negar Azimi, Ursula Biemann, Yonatan Cohen and Rafi Segal, María del Carmen Carrión, Övül O. Durmusoglu, Kodwo Eshun, Patrick Flores, Ed Halter, Ebony L. Haynes, May Joseph, Amanda Parmer, Lisa Le Feuvre, Lucy R. Lippard, Andrey Misiano, Allan Sekula and Noël Burch, Lanka Tattersall, Virgil B/G Taylor, Jordan G. Teicher and Sarah Wang.
The exhibition includes art works by Ursula Biemann, CAMP, Yonatan Cohen & Rafi Segal, Mati Diop, Maria D. Rapicavoli, Drexciya, Peter Fend, Manuel Gnam, Renée Green, Peter Hutton, Hyung S. Kim, An-My Lê, Manny Montelibano, Deimantas Narkevičius, the Otolith Group, Ulrike Ottinger, Carissa Rodriguez, Allan Sekula & Nöel Burch, Supersudaca and UNITED BROTHERS.
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Allan Sekula and Nöel Burch’s The Forgotten Space is courtesy of Icarus Films.