Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: CANCELLED – Stefanie Hessler and Armin Linke, “Prospecting Ocean: Artistic Research in the Oceanic Anthropocene”

Ocean view at high tide with a clothing line

© Armin Linke, Sea level rise at Kulili Plantation Village, Karkar Island Papua New Guinea. Research and exhibition commissioned by TBA21–Academy

This event has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Please join us for a Rouse Visiting Artist lecture delivered by curator and writer Stefanie Hessler and photographer and filmmaker Armin Linke. Hessler and Linke will discuss their project Prospecting Ocean, which investigates the entanglement of industry, politics, culture, and economics at the frontier of ocean excavations through an innovative union of art and science.


Stefanie Hessler is a curator and writer. Her work focuses on interdisciplinary processes, long-term collaborations with artists and researchers from different fields, and systems, be they ecological, economic, or societal. She is the director of Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway.

Recent curatorial projects for TBA21–Academy include “Joan Jonas: Moving Off the Land II” at Ocean Space, Venice (2019); “Armin Linke: Prospecting Ocean” at the National Research Council – Institute of Marine Sciences, Venice (2018); “Fishing for Islands” at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2017); and “Tidalectics” at TBA21–Augarten, Vienna (2017). Other recent exhibitions include the 6th Athens Biennale “ANTI” (2018); “Sugar and Speed” at the Museum of Modern Art, Recife (2017); the 8th Momentum Biennial, Moss (2015); and “Outside” at Index – The Swedish Contemporary Art Foundation, Stockholm (2014); and the symposium “Practices of Attention” at the 33rd Bienal de São Paulo (2018).

Hessler has edited books like Life Itself, including 173 texts from different disciplines on the question of what life essentially is, published by Moderna Museet and Koenig Books (2016), and Tidalectics. Imagining an Oceanic Worldview through Art and Science, published by The MIT Press (2018). Her book Prospecting Ocean with a visual essay by Armin Linke and a foreword by Bruno Latour was published by The MIT Press in December 2019.


For over twenty years, Armin Linke has explored the question of how humanity uses technologies and knowledge in order to transform the surface of the earth and adapt it to its needs. His films and photographs document human-made changes on land, at sea, and throughout the entire biosphere. Linke was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts Program Cambridge, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe. Currently he is guest professor at ISIA, Urbino (IT) and artist in residence at the KHI Kunsthistorishes Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. In 2004, Linke’s installation Alpi on the contemporary Alpine landscape won a special prize for the best work in the section “Episodes” at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2019, with Image Capital, Linke gained the Kubus.Sparda Art Prize (DE). His installation Carceri d’Invenzione, conceived in collaboration with Giulia Bruno and Giuseppe Ielasi, and curated by Anselm Franke, was the official German contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival. His recent project Blind Sensorium. Il paradosso dell’Antropocene has been presented as part of the Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 program.

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