The Sea Around Us 

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Susanne M. Winterling. Installation view. Gravitational currents & the life magic, Empty Gallery, Hong Kong.

John Akomfrah (GH/GB), Forensic Oceanography / Forensic Architecture (GB), Shaun Gladwell (AU), Karen Power (IE), Susanne M. Winterling (DE).


The Sea Around Us is an ambitious, large-scale group exhibition that explores our complex relationship with the ocean through installation, film, participation and sound. John Akomfrah’s epic 2015 film Vertigo Sea and two video-investigations by Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture bookend a conversation on humankind’s interactions with the sea; while Susanne M. Winterling’s planetary opera in three acts, divided by the currents (2018) and planetary loop of gravitation (2018) create a sensual, immersive and intimate moment to explore the relationship between marine ecology, climate change, and the Capitolocene through an ecological worldview. The show is accompanied by a new music performance and sound installation by composer and sound artist Karen Power, and a specially commissioned essay, It Dazzles me Slowly, by artist Rosie O’Reilly (IE).

Rosie O’Reilly, It Dazzles me Slowly, 2020.

Rosie O’Reilly Performance Lecture

Rosie O’Reilly Performance Lecture

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This exhibition is sponsored by Hazelwood House, Sligo, with additional support from Goethe Institut Irland, Ecclesiastical Insurance, and the Arts Council Music Project Award.

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