Columbia GSAPP / Arthur Ross Gallery
March 26 – June 27
The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) is pleased to present Prospecting Ocean by Armin Linke, a multimedia artistic research project that investigates how the convergence of scientific research, legal frameworks, and economic interests affect the oceans. It features archival material, photographs, and filmed interviews with biologists, geologists, policymakers, legal experts, and activists, as well as behind-the-scenes footage and documentation at leading oceanographic research institutions and at sea. For his exhibition at Ross Gallery, Linke is developing a new “chapter” of his project that draws upon his research at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University in New York and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery presentation of Prospecting Ocean is organized by Columbia GSAPP and TBA21–Academy, and is co-curated by Irene Sunwoo, GSAPP Director of Exhibitions, and Stefanie Hessler, Director of Kunsthall Trondheim. It is a continuation of the exhibition Prospecting Ocean, curated by Stefanie Hessler for TBA21–Academy at the Institute of Marine Sciences in Venice, Italy (2018), commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy.
About Armin Linke
For over twenty years, Armin Linke has explored the question of how humanity uses technologies and knowledge in order to transform the surface of the earth and adapt it to its needs. His films and photographs document human-made changes on land, at sea, and throughout the entire biosphere. Linke was Research Affiliate at MIT Visual Arts Program Cambridge, guest professor at the IUAV Arts and Design University in Venice and professor for photography at the University for Arts and Design Karlsruhe. Currently he is guest professor at ISIA, Urbino (IT) and artist in residence at the KHI Kunsthistorishes Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut. In 2004, Linke’s installation Alpi on the contemporary Alpine landscape won a special prize for the best work in the section “Episodes” at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2019, with Image Capital, Linke gained the Kubus.Sparda Art Prize (DE). His installation Carceri d’Invenzione, conceived in collaboration with Giulia Bruno and Giuseppe Ielasi, and curated by Anselm Franke, was the official German contribution to the XXII Triennale di Milano, Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival. His recent project Blind Sensorium. Il paradosso dell’Antropocene has been presented as part of the Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 program.