Ocean Week
A Contemporary Exploration
Explorers Club x TBA21-Academy

Monday, June 5, 2017, 2–6pm

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 2–4pm

The Explorers Club



During the first-ever United Nations Ocean Conference leading artists, scientists, explorers and conservationists will transform The Explorers Club into a place of collaboration, participation and inspiration through a dynamic cross-disciplinary program exploring the most pressing issues facing our ocean today. Organized by TBA21–Academy, and unfolding through four thematic sessions on June 5 and 6, A Contemporary Exploration reveals how alliances across disciplines and knowledge sharing can generate solutions for conserving and sustainably using the oceans.




Exploratory Themes
Art and Artists on the Ocean

Scientific Discoveries and Strategies for Change

Oceanic Stories and Narratives

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Session 1

2.00pm  | A Poetic Pacific Introduction – Rosanna Raymond, Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub

2.10pm  | The Explorers Club: Into The Future – Ted Janulis, President, The Explorers Club

2.30pm  | The Ocean As Narrative – Christopher Myers, Writer-Illustrator

2.50pm  | The Artist Through The History Of Oceanography – In conversation: D Graham Burnett, Amphibian, with Mark Dion, Artist

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Session 2

3.30pm  | A Poetic Pacific Interlude – Rosanna Raymond, Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub

3.35pm  | Implementing Strategies For Change – Panel discussion: Margaret Leinen, Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Neil Davies, Zoologist & Executive Director, UCB Gump Station; Dayne Buddo, Marine Biologist, Alligator Head Foundation; Françoise Gaill, Emeritus Research Director, CNRS. Chaired by Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation

4.25pm  | Seeing The Ocean: Marine Creatures Perspective – David Gruber, Marine Biologist & Professor, City University of New York

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Session 3

4.55pm  | A Poetic Pacific Interlude – Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub

5.00pm  | Art On The Ocean – Joan Jonas, Artist

5.15pm | Thomas Esang "Tommy" Remengesau, Jr, the President of the Republic of Palau

5.35pm  | The Art Of Exploration – Francesca von Habsburg, Founder & Chairperson, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)

5.55pm  | Climate Change And The Ocean – Walter Munk, Professor of Geophysics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

6.15pm  | Closing remarks – Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy 




TUESDAY, JUNE 6, 2017, 2 – 4pm

Exploratory Theme

Extraordinary Approaches to Explorations

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Session 4


2.00pm  | Welcome – Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation

2.10pm  | Ancestoral Knowledge In Modern Exploration – Dieter Paulmann, Chairman, Okeanos

2.30pm  | Broadcasting From The Field – Mark Dalio, Founder & Creative Alucia Productions

2.50pm  | Citizen Science Exploration – David Lang, Co-founder, OpenROV

3.10pm  | Inciting Knowledge Production – Markus Reymann, Director, TBA21–Academy

3.30pm  | Exploring Hope – Sylvia Earle, President & Chairperson, Mission Blue

3.55pm  | Closing remarks – Dee Kyne, Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation





South Pacific Migration Party
Sound installation of Blue Whale recordings by Peter Zinovieff – composer

The piece, a collaboration with curator and sound artist Andrew Spyrou, received its world premiere at documenta14 in Athens, Greece on 1st June 2017, and will be performed for a second time at TBA21 in Vienna on 16th June 2017. A physical release of the composition is forthcoming on The Association for Depth Sound Recordings.



Ocean SmellScape
03.2017: 10.5438700 / 84.4537700 / 10.5 / 84.5

by Sissel Tolaas – professional inbetweener, smell researcher and artist





The Explorers Club

46 East 70th Street

New York City

By Subway: Take Q to 72nd Street; or 6 to 68th Street.

By Bus: Take M98, M101, M102, M103 to 68th and Lexington; or M72 to 72nd Street and Madison.



The event is free and open to the public