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Courtesy of Tue Greenfort
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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)

14 DECEMBER 2019 from 3 pm to 8 pm (free entrance)
Location: State Studio Berlin, Hauptstraße 3, 10827, Berlin
– short film program in the basement, curated by Julia Moritz and Anne-Marie Melster,
with films by Ursula Biemann, Forensic Oceanography, Tue Greenfort, Michelle-Marie Letelier, Parvathi Nayar, Ana Vaz, Susanne M. Winterling, Marina Zurkow.
– the current exhibition of State Studio will be open to the public
– workshop for high school students upon pre-registration, offered by Christian Rauch (Director State Studio)
– from 6 pm on film screening of Lisa Rave’s “Inhale. Exhale. Ocean” (2019) with an introduction by the artist
– followed by dialogue situations and a bar and open exchange from 7:30pm onwards

What does the ocean mean for people in Berlin? How is the situation as regards its health? And what can we do to protect and preserve the ocean? These are the questions we are asking ourselves this fall and winter in the program series WE ARE OCEAN together with scientists, artists and cultural workers and hogh school students. The main goal of the ARTPORT_making waves initiative is precisely this exchange, the networking and understanding of various professional actors and the young generation of a city in order to raise awareness of issues relating to the climate protection of the oceans and to discuss options for action. For the fourth and final event in the State Studio Berlin, an independent project space for art and science, we are presenting for the first time in full length the film “Inhale. Exhale. Ocean “by the Berlin-based artist Lisa Rave, created during a series of workshops with students. In the afternoon before the screening Christian Rauch (Director State Studio) will conduct a final student workshop, which will formulate future scenarios for the climate protection of the oceans. The students will present their findings following the film presentation in three short interviews with one member of the WE ARE OCEAN team, one each of the participating educators and the audience, and formulate further questions for the project to continue elsewhere. Afterwards, the bar of the State Studio invites for a more informal exchange. Throughout the duration of the event, the basement features the approximately one-hour program of artistic short films on the theme of the sea and ecology, poetry and politics in the loop, which was put together specifically for WE ARE OCEAN. We are looking forward to your visit!

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: Markus Reymann (Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary), Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Alfred-Wegener-Institut), Michelle-Marie Letelier (Artist), Lisa Rave (Artist), Dr. Thierry Pérez (Labex-OT-Med/Institut Pythéas), school student Jay Pauls (Barbara-Zürner-Oberschule Velten) + one student from the Schule am Berlinickeplatz Berlin (moderated by Anne-Marie Melster and MR (IASS Potsdam).
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: Prof. Dr. Antje Boetius (Alfred-Wegener-Institut), Sebastian Unger (IASS Potsdam), Markus Reymann (Thyssen Bornemisza Art Contemporary), Dr. Lukas Köhler (MdB), 2 students from Schule am Berlinickeplatz and Barbara-Zürner-Oberschule Velten (moderated by Anne-Marie Melster and MR (IASS Potsdam).
Special events: discussions, film screenings.
Location: Futurium Berlin, Alexanderufer 2, 10117

31 OCTOBER 2019 (open to the public)
Title: We are Ocean @ Bodenproben
When: Thursday, 31 October 2019, 7-9 pm
What: Interactive panel and film program around the topic of deep seabed and soil.
Participants: Uwe Gössel (curator, Berlin), Armin Linke (artist, Berlin), Lisa Rave (artist, Berlin), Torsten Thiele (scientist, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies Potsdam).
Film Program: Lisa Rave: “Europium” and the WE ARE OCEAN curated film program with videos by Ursula Biemann (CH), Forensic Oceanography (GB), Tue Greenfort (DK), Michelle-Marie Letelier (CHI), Parvathi Nayar (IN), Ana Vaz (BR), Susanne M., Winterling (D), Marina Zurkow (US)
Moderated by: Anne-Marie Melster (executive director ARTPORT_making waves), Dr. Sven Sappelt (director CLB Berlin)
Location: Collaboratorium im Aufbauhaus CLB Berlin, Prinzenstraße 84.2, 10969 Berlin (Germany)

BERLIN & BRANDENBURG (WORKSHOP IMAGES)

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

Stadt und Land: Zimmer, Kuche, Bad, Berlin
Stiftung Berliner Sparkassen
50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Alfred-Wegener Institut logo
Montessori-Hort-Schule-Kita
Barbara-Zurner-Oberschule-Velten
Schule-Am-BerlinckeplatzDerPfad-in-die-Verantwortung

VENICE (EVENTS CALENDAR)

01-05 APRIL 2020, 6-7:30 pm (open to the public)
Event: workshops conducted by 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

Alfred-Wegener Institut logo

MARSEILLE (EVENTS CALENDAR)

11-19 JUNE 2020, 6-7:30 pm (open to the public)
Event: workshops conducted by the artist Marc Johnson
Title: “Draw me a whale, a walrus and a clownfish!”
Participants: to be confirmed
Special events: open air film screenings, art performance, panel discussions
Location 1: Station Marine d’Endoume, Chemin de la Batterie des Lions, 13007  
Location 2: the IUCN World Congress 2020 (to be confirmed), Palais des Congrès Marseille Chanot, 114 Rond-Point du Prado, 13008  

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

Alfred-Wegener Institut logo

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)