Not far from the S. Marco – S. Zaccaria stop, there is a global, artistic centre which promotes research and chains of support related to all the problems and sensitive issues regarding the ocean. It is a friendly place which encourages constructive exchanges between artists, academics, researchers and whoever wishes to share their visions.
We appreciate Ocean Space’s effort to the point that we are including this place in our Support [Inside] Venice Initiative, to which the space will offer tours, guided by their mediators, along two exhibition sections.
“Answer to the call” is the result of the research and observation journey of the artist Taloi Havini, which presents to us a soundtrack where she merges together subaqueous recordings, instrumental pieces and tribal chantings. The installation is therefore an artwork to listen to in the San Lorenzo church, Ocean Space’s site in the Castello district. While carried away by the rhythm of the drums, the melody of the pan flute and the voice of the ocean, we sit in the reproduction in scale of Taloi’s homeland: the shape is of the Buka island. The Soul Expanding Ocean #1: Taloi Havini will be on until October 17, 2021.
Along with the graphic elaboration of different information the second installation “Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation takes shape”. The recollected data (2017-2020) are exhibited in digital maps that show how strong human presence is on coasts and in the oceans of the whole world. The desired effect is a sensibilisation on the topic, achievable through the visual-aesthetic impact of the large number of dots, lines and layouts which indicate oil extractions, ecologic devastations, acts of piracy and intensive fishing activities. Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, curated by Daniela Zyman, will be on and visitable for free until August 29, 2021, and part of the installation can be found at the Biennale Architettura 2021.
Ocean Space demonstrates – through art, studies and digitalisation – how economic processes intertwine with ecological ones, inevitably changing the oceans, seas and coasts of our planet.