Oceans in Transformation, moderated by Nick Axel

The ocean is a sensorium: it records the transformations of the Earth in its complex dynamics, and it inscribes back into the forms of life its own cycles. Today, the global ocean is rapidly changing its circulations, energies, interactions, and ecologies. It is the most dynamic and sensitive component of our living planet, yet the most unknown. The ocean is in a new phase of its non-linear history, shaped by the intensification of the impact of human activities on the Earth System—the Anthropocene. The talk explores the award-winning project by Territorial Agency, commissioned by TBA21–Academy.

TERRITORIAL AGENCY is an independent organisation established by architects and urbanists John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Rönnskog. Territorial Agency combines contemporary architecture, art, spatial analysis, advocacy and action to promote comprehensive territorial transformations in the Anthropocene epoch. Their work focuses on the integration of science, architecture and art in the challenges posed by climate change. The work of Territorial Agency is grounded in extensive spatial and territorial analysis through remote sensing technologies. Its focus is on complex representations of the transformations of the physical structures of contemporary inhabited territories. Through its work, Territorial Agency engages different polities to re-evaluate the relations to the complex material, energy and information fluxes that mark contemporary territories.

(Nick Axel)[http://www.nickaxel.net] is an architect, editor, educator, and curator. As Deputy Editor of e-flux Architecture, he has overseen the development of the platform since its founding in 2016 and undertaken projects in collaboration with biennials, museums, universities, and other cultural institutions around the world. Nick is also Curator of Architecture at the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Center and Head of the Architectural Design department at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie.