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Courtesy of Tue Greenfort
Title: Coral Fresh Color, photo edition

WE ARE OCEAN is an official project contributing to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. An interdisciplinary art project to raise awareness about our interdependence with the ocean in three European cities: Berlin, Venice and Marseille from 2019 to 2020.

WE ARE OCEAN gathers institutions, cultural practitioners, policymakers, the youth and the general audience to discuss solutions for improving ocean health and reducing the human impact on the environment. Our contribution aim to stimulate educational and behavourial change among young people and adults through art and scientific programs including workshops, panel discussions, scientific interventions, art performances and film screenings.

WE ARE OCEAN draws inspiration from Epeli Hau’Ofa‘s works “We are the ocean” which is a collection of essays, fiction and poetry by the Tongan writer and ethnographer. His work challenges dominant discourses about Oceania and prescriptions for its development. We acknowledge his work as a source of inspiration and a guide for our mission throughout the project such as the creation of alternative perspectives and solutions to implement climate action and the full integration of indigenous worldviews in the art, science and education.

United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development

BERLIN & BRANDENBURG (EVENTS CALENDAR)

06 August 2019 – 06 September 2019
Event: Scientific-artistic-curatorial workshops
Title: “WE ARE OCEAN_WIR SIND MEER”
Participants: Oscar Schmidt (IASS Potsdam), Lisa Rave (artist Berlin), Julia Moritz & Anne-Marie Melster (ARTPORT_making waves), students
Location 1: Montessori Schule Niederbarnim, Brandenburg
Location 2: Barbara-Zürner-Oberschule Velten, Brandenburg
Location 3: Schule am Berlinickeplatz, Berlin

30 SEPTEMBER 2019, 6-8 pm (only for MRF participants)
Event: Interactive Intervention 
Title: “WE ARE OCEAN_making waves: A floating conversation on ocean awareness and action”
Participants: students of the Barbara-Zürner-Oberschule Velten, Brandenburg
Special event: film screening
Location: Marine Regions Forum, Vienna House Hotel Andel’s, Berlin

01 OCTOBER 2019, 11 am-1pm (only for MRF participants)
Event: Panel Discussion
Title: “Can the arts mobilize young audiences regarding ocean conservation?” 
Participants: N/A
Special event: N/A
Location: Marine Regions Forum, Vienna House Hotel Andel’s, Berlin

02 OCTOBER 2019, 6-7:30 pm (open to the public)
Event: Interactive Intervention
Title: “WE ARE OCEAN_making waves. A floating conversation on ocean awareness and action”
Participants: students of the Schule am Berlinickeplatz Berlin
Special events: discussions, film screenings.
Location: Futurium Berlin, Alexanderufer 2, 10117

31 OCTOBER 2019 (open to the public)
Event: to be announced.
Title: N/A 
Participants: N/A
Special events: N/A
Location: CLB Berlin, Oranienstraße 142, 10969

15 DECEMBER 2019 (open to the public)
Event: to be announced
Participants: N/A
Special event: N/A
Special events: N/A
Location: State Studio Berlin, Hauptstraße 3, 10827

BERLIN & BRANDENBURG (WORKSHOP IMAGES)

The “WE ARE OCEAN” program in Berlin & Brandenburg is supported by

VENICE (EVENTS CALENDAR)

Due to the current COVID-19 situation we have postponed our activities at Ocean Space to October 2020. Details will be published during summer.(open to the public)
Event: workshops conducted by Territorial Agency, the artist John Palmesino
Title: “WE ARE OCEAN”
Participants: to be confirmed
Special events: dialogue discussions, film screenings.
Location: TBA21-Academy Ocean Space, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, Venice

The “WE ARE OCEAN” program in Venice is supported by

MARSEILLE (EVENTS CALENDAR)

WE ARE OCEAN Marseille will happen in August and September 2020 as part of manifesta13 and in January 2021 as part of the IUCN World Congress and Espace Générations Nature. Details will be published during the summer.(open to the public)
Event: workshops conducted by the artist Marc Johnson and consecutive interventions with the school students “Théâtre Corallien”
Title: “Draw me a whale, a walrus and a clownfish!” Participants: school students of the Ëcole de la Roseraie, Endoume, Marseille
Special events: open air film screenings, art performance, panel discussions

Location 1: Station Marine d’Endoume, Chemin de la Batterie des Lions, 13007   (19 September, 8 – 10:30 pm)

Location 2: Théâtre Sylvain, Chemin du Pont, 13007 Marseille (15 September 2020, 3 – 5 pm)

Location 3: Plage du Prophète,  178 Corniche du Président JFK, 13007 Marseille as part of Ciné’Ma Plage, Surfrider Foundation (09 September 2020, 8 – 10:30 pm)

Location 4: the IUCN World Congress 2020 and Espace Génerations Nature, Palais des Congrès Marseille Chanot, 114 Rond-Point du Prado, 13008  (January 2021)

The “WE ARE OCEAN” program in Marseille is supported by

THE “WE ARE OCEAN” CURATORS

Anne-Marie Melster
Anne-Marie Melster

Artistic Director and Coordinator

Julia Moritz
Julia Moritz

Co-Curator of the film program

Vanina Saracino
Vanina Saracino

Curator film program Marseille

THE “WE ARE OCEAN” COMMISSIONED ARTISTS

Portrait of the Artist Lisa Rave
Lisa Rave

Commissioned Artist (Berlin)

Portrait of the Artist John Palmesino
John Palmesino

Commissioned Artist (Venice)

Portrait of the award-winning artist, filmmaker, writer Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson

Commissioned Artist (Marseille)