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