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Deep Sea Minding: A Desert In Pink

The Current II – Convening #2 led by SUPERFLEX


An Interspecies Gathering

With screenings, performances, lectures and conversations by Alex Jordan, Eva Hayward, Shanee Stopnitzky, Maureen Penjueli, Filipa Ramos, Dark Morph and other notables. 


TBA21–Academy presents the second convening led by SUPERFLEX, Expedition Leaders of The Current II, exploring a theme that they call Deep Sea Minding.

The inspiration and temporary venue for Deep Sea Minding, the second convening, is the desert, the driest of lands. The connection between the desert and the ocean is a journey in time. From the remembrance of a desert that was once submerged in water to a future when the depths of the sea will conquer it again. The sea awaits patiently for its return, and in the meantime, the Californian desert will remain the testimony to a changing reality tainted in shades of pink.

SUPERFLEX conceived Deep Sea Minding under the umbrella of TBA21–Academy’s three-year fellowship as a transdisciplinary research project merging art and science to engage with marine life at this crucial moment of our common history. As seawater level rises, fish will conquer our quotidian spaces and us, humans, are fully responsible to prepare our habitat for these future residents. A habitat to be imagined in pink, a colour that will attract coral polyps, facilitating the flourishing of a whole new ecosystem. When humans are long gone, fish will populate our homes. The focus of the research of the Deep Sea Minding project is to imagine and explore solutions for this sub-aquatic future.

Held in Coachella Valley, the second Convening will coincide with SUPERFLEX's presentation of Dive-In, a large outdoor cinema that will project marine scenes while expecting corals and fish to take over its porous pink structure. Commissioned by the Desert X biennial in collaboration with TBA21–Academy, Dive-In is the first large scale construction resulting from the Deep Sea Minding research.

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SUPERFLEX is a collective of artists founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Bjørnstjerne Christiansen and Rasmus Nielsen. Through a complex and diverse practice, SUPERFLEX challenges the role of the artist today and explores the nature of globalisation and the systems of power. Describing their work as tools, multiple areas of application or use are implied. SUPERFLEX’ practice is, as the name suggests, not bound to any form or context.

About The Current

TBA21–Academy’s The Current is concerned with the state of the ocean and the discourse around it and seeks to provide a platform for the cultivation of interdisciplinary thought, the exchange of ideas and new knowledge production. Organised in three-year cycles, the programme centres around annual expeditions at sea and land-based Convenings linked to the exploratory theme of each ocean encounter. Each cycle of The Current is led by one or more Expedition Leaders selected by the Academy, who in turn nominate Fellows–artists, curators, scientists, and other cultural actors–to join a collective research project unfolding over the three years. The Spanish curator Chus Martínez and Danish artist collective SUPERFLEX have been appointed by TBA21–Academy as Expedition Leaders of the second three-year cycle of The Current. Their projects will run in parallel from 2018 to 2020.

About TBA21–Academy

TBA21–Academy leads artists, scientists, and thought-leaders on expeditions of collaborative discovery. Founded by Francesca von Habsburg and led by Director Markus Reymann, the Academy is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of the ocean through the lens of art and to engendering creative solutions to its most pressing issues. TBA21–Academy commissions interdisciplinary research that catalyses engagement, stimulates new knowledge, and inspires artistic production. Established in 2011, the nonprofit’s programme is informed by a belief in the power of exchange between disciplines and in the ability of the arts as a vessel for communication, change, and action.

Commissioned and Produced by TBA–Academy. Led by SUPERFLEX. In collaboration with DESERT X and Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Spring.

Earlier Event: March 7
Parallel Project: Unsettled