LAURA ANDERSON BARBATA
Born in Mexico City, works in Brooklyn and Mexico City. Since 1992 she has worked primarily in the social realm, and has initiated projects in the Amazon of Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway and the USA. Among them is her ongoing project The Repatriation of Julia Pastrana, initiated in 2004, which resulted in the successful removal of the body of Julia Pastrana from the Schreiner Collection in Oslo to be repatriated and buried in Sinaloa, Mexico, Pastrana´s birth state. The project continues with an upcoming publication and Opera. She is also known for her project Transcommunality (ongoing since 2001), with traditional stilt dancers: The Brooklyn Jumbies from New York, West Africa and the Caribbean, and los Zancudos de Zaachila, from Oaxaca, Mexico. This project has been presented at various museums, public schools and avenues, among them The Museum of Modern Art New York; The Modern Museum Fort Worth Texas; Museo Textil de Oaxaca, México; Museo de la Ciudad de México; BRIC, New York and Rutgers University, among others. Her drawings, photographs, and projects have received awards by the Institute of Bellas Artes FONCA, The Lindbergh Foundation, The Carnival Comission of Trinidad and Tobago and The New York Foundation for the Arts.
Marine Biologist, Alligator Head Foundation
Dr. Dayne Buddo is a Marine Biologist with a primary focus on marine invasive alien species and marine protected areas. He currently holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree in Zoology and Botany (UWI – 1999) and a Doctor of Philosophy degree (UWI-2009) in Zoology – Marine Sciences. Dr. Buddo has served the University of the West Indies as Lecturer and Academic Coordinator since 2009, and has been stationed at the UWI Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory and Field Station with responsibility for Marine Research and Teaching.
In 2014, he led the establishment of the UWI’s 3rd marine laboratory (Alligator Head Marine Lab) in Portland, Jamaica and also serves as its Research Director. He also serves on the Board of Advisers for the Alligator Head Foundation and is the Marine Conservation Adviser for TBA21 Academy.
His work on Invasive Species has advanced the nation’s and region’s efforts in controlling the invasive lionfish and also the management of ballast water from shipping in the region.
D GRAHAM BURNETT
D. Graham Burnett works at the intersection of historical inquiry and artistic practice. He is interested in experimental/experiential approaches to textual material, pedagogical modes, and hermeneutic activities traditionally associated with the research humanities.
Graham’s recent (collaborative) performances and exhibitions include: “The Work of Art Under Conditions of Intermittent Accessibility” (Palais de Tokyo, Paris); “The Trochilus Exercise” (Asian Arts Theater, Gwangju, South Korea); “Boğaziçi Rolls” (SALT-Galata, Istanbul), “The Ketchem Screen” (Manifesta 11, Zurich), and “Schema for a School” (2015 Ljubljana Biennial).
Graham trained in the History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, and teaches at Princeton. He is an editor at the Brooklyn-based Cabinet magazine, the author of a number of books (including Trying Leviathan, and The Sounding of the Whale), and an associate of the research collective ESTAR(SER).
Founder & Creative Director, Alucia Productions
Mark Dalio is the Founder and Creative Director of Alucia Productions, a production company with the mission to create world-class media that educates and inspires people to connect to the oceans.
The work of Alucia Productions has been featured in a wide range of media formats from TV to VR and Giant Screen. More recently, Alucia Productions was involved in an oceans-focused episode of Years of Living Dangerously and in the filming of a segment for Leonardo Dicaprio’s Before the Flood, both of which aired on the National Geographic channel. The company has recently announced the launch of two virtual reality experiences -- Atomic Ghost Fleet and Cocos: Shark Island on Sony Interactive Entertainment’s innovative PlayStation®VR.
Mark believes that there has never been a more exciting time to bring people together for a global conversation about our oceans through the engagement of quality media in multiple formats, and he hopes to achieve this through Alucia Productions.
Zoologist & Executive Director, UCB Gump Station
Neil Davies is Executive Director of the University of California’s Gump South Pacific Research Station in Moorea, French Polynesia - host of the only coral reef site (MCR-LTER) in the U.S. National Science Foundation's Long Term Ecological Research network. He is a Senior Fellow at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science where his research focuses on sustainability science. Davies received his Ph.D. in evolutionary genetics from University College London. He is an Associate Researcher with the Biodiversity Institute of Oxford, and serves on the boards of the National Association of Marine Labs, the Tetiaroa Society, and the Genomic Standards Consortium. He is co-author of the book “Biocode: The New Age of Genomics” (Oxford University Press, 2015).
Mark Dion is a New York-based artist whose work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world. “The job of the artist,” he says, “is to go against the grain of dominant culture, to challenge perception and convention.”
Appropriating archaeological field ecology and other scientific methods of collecting, ordering, and exhibiting objects, Mark creates works that question the distinctions between ‘objective’ (‘rational’) scientific methods and ‘subjective’ (‘irrational’) influences. He frequently collaborates with museums of natural history, zoos, and other institutions mandated to produce public knowledge on the topic of nature. By locating the roots of environmental politics and public policy in the construction of knowledge about nature, Mark questions the authoritative role of the scientific voice in contemporary society, tracking how pseudo-science, social agendas, and ideology creep into public discourse and knowledge production.
His most recent large-scale public projects include "The Amateur Ornithologist Clubhouse," a Captain Nemo-like interior constructed in a vast gas tank in Essen, Germany, and "Den," a large-scale folly in Norway's mountainous landscape.
In October 2017, The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston will host "Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st Century Naturalist", the largest American Survey to date of the artist’s work.
President & Chairperson, Mission Blue
Sylvia A. Earle is a National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence, Founder of Mission Blue, Founder of Deep Ocean Exploration and Research Inc. (DOER), Ocean Elder, Advisory Council Chair of the Harte Research Institute and former Chief Scientist of NOAA.
As the author of more than 200 publications and leader of more than 100 expeditions with over 7,000 hours underwater, Dr. Earle focuses her research on the ecology and conservation of marine ecosystems and development of technologies for access to the deep sea. She is the subject of the Netflix film, Mission Blue, and more recently, Sea of Hope.
Dr. Earle’s hope, as expressed in her TED wish, is – “ I wish you would use all means at your disposal—films, expeditions, the web, new submarines—to create a campaign to ignite public support for a global network of marine protected areas; Hope Spots large enough to save and restore the blue heart of the planet.”
Emeritus Research Director, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Françoise Gaill is a marine biologist with a solid background in the field of biodiversity and marine ecosystems. At the CNRS, Françoise took responsibility for scientific direction in the field of ecology and environmental sciences in a sustainable development context.
Françoise has an interdisciplinary background in natural sciences, from taxonomy to ecology, with a specific interest in the fields of biophysics and cell biology. She has knowledge in working at sea with various vessels, developing technical aspects for monitoring, in situ and in vivo, the behaviour of marine organisms relative to their environment, and working with certain species of interest (Ascidians, Molluscs, and their associated microorganisms).
Françoise is now involved in French and international strategies relative to various aspects of the oceans, especially climate and biodiversity. These initiatives include the Joint Programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), and the United Nations BBNJ process.
Marine Biologist & Professor, City University of New York
David Gruber is Professor of Biology at City University of New York, Baruch College and The CUNY Graduate Center; Emerging Explorer at the National Geographic Society; and Research Associate in Invertebrate Zoology at the American Museum of Natural History.
David’s research pertains to marine biology, photosynthesis genomics and biofluorescence on coral reefs and he has developed a “Shark-Eye” camera to gain a shark’s perspective of their marine environment. Most recently, David has been utilizing Next-Generation genomic sequencing, novel soft robotics, and low-light imaging platforms to investigate deep marine life in the most non-invasive means possible. He and his collaborators have discovered scores of novel fluorescent compounds from marine animals. Several of these compounds have been deployed as tools to study cancer drugs and to understand the brain.
David is committed to communicating science to the general public and his writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Nature Medicine, Harvard University Press and The Best American Science Writing. David completed a PhD in biological oceanography from the Rutgers University Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences. He also holds a Masters of Environment Management from Duke University and MS in Journalism from Columbia University.
FRANCESCA VON HABSBURG
Founder & Chairperson, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21)
Francesca von Habsburg founded Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) in 2002. TBA21 is a cultural agency committed to building communities and creating spaces of encounter in all its activities.
Francesca has engaged her foundation to exclusively address the urgent issues of our time with a particular focus on the oceans. As a philanthropist and private collector she has understood that the choices she can make with her work can be deeply personal, and can reflect her personal commitment to becoming an agent of change. She believes that the arts help us feel what science enables us to understand.
An experienced diver, an amateur explorer, and an individual with insatiable curiosity, Francesca has become a strong advocate of ocean conservation. She collaborates with numerous universities and conservation institutes through the TBA21–Academy and its exploration program entitled The Current, led by Academy Director Markus Reymann.
President, The Explorers Club
Theodore P. "Ted" Janulis serves as the 43rd President of The Explorers Club, elected in March, 2015. Active in pursuing his passion for ocean exploration, Janulis was selected as the 1981 Rolex/Our World Underwater Scholar, giving him the opportunity to work with leaders in ocean exploration. He also participated in a number of expeditions including a US Geological Survey to the Marquesas Keys, and a search of one of Piet Heyn's ships off Bimini Island. Not long after, he joined an expedition to the Northwest Passage to document the wreck of the HMS Breadalbane, one of the many ships lost in the search for Sir John Franklin and his crew. More recently, Janulis co-led an Explorers Club Flag Expedition to the Gardens of The Queen Marine Reserve in Cuba.
A graduate of Harvard College, Janulis received his MBA from Columbia Business School and has since spent 30 years in the financial services industry, currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of CRT Capital LLC, an independent institutional broker-dealer based in Stamford, Connecticut and New York City.
Joan Jonas is a New York-based artist who has exhibited and performed her work at museums and large-scale group exhibitions internationally, including documenta 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 13; the 2008 Sydney Biennial; the 2008 Yokohama Triennial; Taipei Biennial; and the 28th Sao Paolo Biennial.
She has recently presented solo exhibitions at Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri; National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik; DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art, Montreal; Fundación Botín, Santander; NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore; HangarBicocca, Milan; MIT List Center for Visual Arts, Cambridge; Malmö Konsthall, Malmö; CCA Kitakyushu, Japan; Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; CCA Wattis Institute, San Francisco; and the United States Pavilion for the 56th Edition of the Venice Biennial.
Chairperson, Alligator Head Foundation
Dee Kyne is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur who has worked throughout the world in a number of sectors at leadership levels, including health, the environment, and the arts. She has held 5 CEO-ships and founded one movement and three social-change organizations. Four years ago, Dee became an Earth Rights Walker and walked 4500 miles to support a Law to End Ecocide, the fifth law against peace that’s being sought to be enshrined at the UN in the Rome Statute.
Two years ago, Dee founded “The One Love One Step Walk”, crossing Jamaica through the Blue Mountains east to west with 14 local people. Dee’s most recent walk in May, 2017 “One Love One Step Walk 2: For the Oceans” saw 20 community members walk the entire coastline of Jamaica while holding council on the road. It focused on plastic pollution and connecting the work of the 16 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
As well as being Chair of the Alligator Head Foundation, Dee works to use her experience and matrix of connections to support and walk beside other Earth Rights Walkers, social entrepreneurs, and changemakers in the regenerative economies of the future.
David Lang is the co-founder of OpenROV, makers of underwater drones, and OpenExplorer, a digital field journal. He is a TED Senior Fellow, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, and an advisory board member for NOAA's Ocean Exploration program. He is also the author of Zero to Maker.
As co-founder of the underwater robot maker OpenROV, David Lang can report from the front lines of the growing citizen science movement. His products enable a community of citizen ocean explorers, just as many other amateur enthusiasts around the globe use unprecedentedly powerful, cheap technologies (and the scientific method) to explore the natural world .
Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Margaret Leinen is an award-winning oceanographer and an accomplished executive with extensive national and international experience in ocean science, global climate and environmental issues, federal research administration, and nonprofit startups. She is a researcher in paleo-oceanography and paleo-climatology. Her work focuses on ocean sediments and their relationship to global biogeochemical cycles and the history of Earth’s ocean and climate.
In July 2013, Margaret was appointed the eleventh director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, the foremost environmental research institution that addresses the most pressing environmental problems facing our planet, provides the knowledge necessary to address these challenges, and teaches the next generation of science leaders.
She also serves as UC San Diego’s vice chancellor for marine sciences and dean of the School of Marine Sciences.
Margaret is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the Geological Society of America, and has been awarded Distinguished Alumni Awards from all three universities she attended as a student, University of Illinois, Oregon State University, and University of Rhode Island.
Professor of Geophysics, Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Walter Munk is a Physical Oceanographer and Geophysicist whose career, spanning eight decades, includes contributions to our understanding of ocean currents, tides and deep ocean mixing, wind waves, tsunamis and seismic waves, and rotation of the Earth. His pioneering work in Acoustic Tomography made it possible to measure ocean temperature and currents by means of acoustics.
He has been at Scripps Institution of Oceanography since 1939, where he created the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics in 1962 and, with Damien Leloup, founded the Scripps Center for Marine Archaeology at UC San Diego in 2015. His early work on wave predictions in World War II, in collaboration with Harald Sverdrup, led to the first successful Allied offensive of the war in northern Africa (Oran).
Throughout Munk’s career, he has worked closely with the Navy and has the singular honor of holding the Secretary of the Navy Chair in Oceanography for the past 35 years. His career keeps taking him back to the study of waves; Munk is currently attempting to learn more about the physics of wind drag on the ocean, a central problem of physical oceanography. He is also focusing on climate change with emphasis on sea level rise.
Christopher Myers is an artist and writer who lives in New York. While he is widely acclaimed for his work with literature for young people, he is also an accomplished fine artist who has lectured and exhibited internationally.
His practice can be divided into two categories: work by his own hands that lives in the syncretic, the hybrid, and the improvised; and collaborations with artisans from around the globe, extending the conversation of cultural movement across continents and artistic milieus.
Myers is currently exhibiting a series of embroideries crafted with Vietnamese embroiderers based on the lyrics of Lil Wayne, at the Ljubljana Biennial in Slovenia.
Dieter Paulmann is the founder and chairman of the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea. Since 2007, Dieter has been working with navigators and voyaging societies across the Pacific to develop and build a fleet of traditionally designed double hulled sailing canoes outfitted with modern technologies including solar panels and coconut oil-fueled engines.
Today, Dieter and Okeanos are actively taking steps to implement a pan-Pacific network of fossil fuel free sailing canoes to support the region’s cultural, sustainable development while providing much needed inter-island transportation of passengers, food, medicine, supplies and disaster relief.
Acti.VA.tor, SaVAge K'lub
Sistar S’pacific aka Rosanna Raymond is an innovator of the contemporary Pasifika art scene, a long-standing member of the art collective the Pacific Sisters, and founding member of the SaVAge K’lub. Over the past twenty years, Rosanna's activities have made her a notable producer of and commentator on contemporary Pacific Island culture in Aotearoa, New Zealand; the UK; and the US. She specializes in working within museums and higher education institutions as an artist, performer, curator, guest speaker, poet, and workshop leader.
A dynamic artist, Rosanna’s work is consistent in its celebration of Mana Moana and the engagements it invokes and evokes; whether between museum collections and contemporary Pacific art or museums and urban spaces.
Rosanna is an Honorary Research Associate at the Department of Anthropology and Institute of Archaeology at University College London and has been awarded a Chester Dale Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum in New York this year.
Markus Reymann is Director and Co-founder of TBA21–Academy. Between July 2011 and today, Markus has initiated and conducted numerous expeditions; each trip designed as a collaboration with invited artists, scientists and thinkers who are eager to embark on oceanic explorations and surface insights from within these watery expanses. Inspired by this unusual encounter with both human and natural elements, the Academy commissions ambitious projects informed by the itinerary of the research vessel Dardanella.
In December 2015 at COP21, Markus announced TBA21–Academy's fellowship programme The Current.
Professional inbetweener, smell researcher and artist
Based in Berlin, Sissel Tolaas has a background in chemistry, mathematics, linguistics, languages, and art from the universities of Oslo, Warsaw, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Oxford.
Since 1990, Sissel has worked actively and concentrated on the topic of SMELL within different sciences, fields of art and design, and other disciplines. With the support of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. (IFF), Sissel established the SMELL RE_searchLab, Berlin in January 2004. Her research has won recognition through numerous national and international scholarships, honors, and prizes.
Sissel has completed 52 City SmellScape research projects of, for, and with major cities all over the world, including Paris, Oslo, Cape Town, and Istanbul. She is currently working on Auckland, Nuuk, and Calcutta.
Sissel has built up several smell archives and is currently working on an archive of The World Oceans and one on the morbidity and decay of Detroit. Since 2014, Sissel has taken part in several start-ups in the field of the senses. She just launched the world's first Smell Memory Kit and is currently building several other devices and sense tools.
Peter Zinovieff devoted much of his earlier life to the art of sound. From 1952 to 1958, he spent time at Oxford studying and researching in Geology and Petrology. In 1969, Peter founded Electronic Music Studios, which designed and built a number of synthesizers, including the famed Synthi100 and VCS3.
Peter restarted his career as a composer in 2010 using modern computer techniques. In 2010, he was commissioned by TBA21 to create a computer piece called Bridges to Somewhere and Another to Somewhere Else for The Morning Line sculpture in Istanbul.
Peter continues to compose pieces, including Good Morning Ludwig (also commissioned by TBA21) for spatialized sound at ZKM 2011, Jolly for Delia, and South Pacific Migration Party.