The speakers will share their experience of the first cycle of research trips to the Pacific Ocean archipelagos as part of TBA21–Academy The Current, giving background into how the exhibition project evolved out of these journeys. The insights into the expeditions will give further context to the works in the show, while presenting broader vision of The Current.
Ute Meta Bauer (Germany/Singapore) is the Founding Director of the NTU CCA Singapore and Professor, ADM, NTU. For more than 25 years, Bauer has worked as a curator of exhibitions and presentations on contemporary art, film, video and sound, with a focus on transdisciplinary formats and publishes regularly on artistic and curatorial practice and education. Bauer is an expedition leader of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Academy (TBA21–Academy) The Current (2015-2017) exploring the Pacific Archipelago and oceanic littorals that are most impacted by climate change and human interventions in their environments.
Markus Reymann (Germany/United Kingdom) is the Director of TBA21–Academy. Reymann was trained as an actor and successfully performed on screen and on stage for many years, and in major productions. He joined TBA21 in 2011 and subsequently cofounded TBA21–Academy with TBA21 Chairperson and Founder Francesca von Habsburg. As a central programming unit of TBA21, the Academy provides a moving platform of cultural production and interdisciplinary exchange. Since 2011, Reymann initiated and conducted numerous expeditions, each trip designed as a collaboration with invited artists, scientists, and thinkers eager to embark on oceanic explorations. The Academy commissions ambitious inspired by these unusual encounters.
Newell Harry (Australia), of South African and Mauritian descent, has for over a decade drawn from an intimate web of recurring travels and connections across Oceania and the wider Asia-Pacific, to South Africa’s Western Cape Province, where the artist’s extended family continues to reside. From Pidgin and Creole languages to modes of exchange in the “gift economies” of the South Pacific, Harry’s interests often culminate in culturally “entangled” installations. Selected exhibitions include Tidalectics, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art 21, Vienna (2017); Endless Circulation: Tarrawarra Biennial, curated Victoria Lynn & Helen Hughes, Tarrawarra, Victoria (2016); The 56th Venice Biennale: All the Worlds Futures (2015);Suspended Histories, Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam (2013); Rendez Vous 11 & 12, Institut d’Art Contemporain, Villebanne (2011) and South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2012); Untitled (12th Istanbul Biennial) (2011); The 17th Biennale of Sydney: The Beauty of Distance, Songs of Survival in a Precarious Age (2010); and The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Before and After Science (2010).