“WE ARE OCEAN, Vancouver”

Artists: T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas.

Commissioned by the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, ARTPORT_making waves invited the Canadian artists T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas to work with Vancouver school students from October 2020 until summer 2021. The project is an artistic contribution to the Preparatory Phase of the UN Decade Of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

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WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver is an interactive journey created by ARTPORT_making waves commissioned by Vancouver Biennale delivered by the Vancouver artists T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas where students of British-Columbia will reflect on the effects of climate change on the ocean and how this is affecting the ecosystems and the indigenous culture of the land of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh & Musqueam First Nations through activities based on the First People Principles of learning and on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) principles. Students will go through four modules of learning available on an application adapted for remote learning and in-class instruction. Through the modules of instruction, students will learn about the relationship of our local indigenous people with the ocean, the Pacific Northwest diversity of life and the ecosystems, climate change and ocean health and shorelines. Artists T’uy’t’tanat Cease Wyss and Olivier Salvas will be hosting a podcast (available on the app, online and on all streaming platforms) where they will be addressing the topics in each module and where they will be connecting with the participating students and classrooms. Students and teachers are encouraged to submit work samples that will be added to the app and discussed in the podcast as a way to create a virtual community of learners amongst all participants. In the Spring of 2021, all participants will take part in a year-end art project on the theme of giving back to the ocean inspired by local indigenous practices.

WE ARE OCEAN Vancouver is part of the international program WE ARE OCEAN which aims at reflecting upon several questions regarding the cause and effects of the man-made alteration of the ocean. It will illustrate how we all, citizens of every country, both cause and are impacted by the state of the ocean but are also potential contributors to positive change. WE ARE OCEAN acts in an inclusive way by actively integrating visitors and participants in the discussions to search for bottom-up initiatives towards political change.

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