If you are in the New York City area, please come by the New Museum on February 17th. As part of the triennial exhibit, the video artist’s group, Inhabitants, has invited me to speak about seabed mining. The event will be from 3-5pm with speakers, open discussion, and the unveiling of new videos on seabed mining.
Mining the Deep Sea Frontier, organized by Inhabitants with Margarida Mendes
The New Museum and Inhabitants with Margarida Mendes present Mining the Deep Sea Frontier, a two-session program addressing the global turn towards blue economy and the new horizon of deep sea extractivism, which has been called a new gold rush. Mining the Deep Sea Frontier challenges the arguments defended by the mining industry by presenting counterarguments from environmental activists, deep sea life experts, scientists, and NGOs. This program will explore practical questions about law and policy-making and awareness towards marine conservation, as well as the images of the deep sea and what constitutes frontier imaginaries.
Inhabitants is a website and online video channel for exploratory video and documentary reporting, founded in New York in 2015 by visual artists Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva.
For the 2018 Triennial, Inhabitants has created a new web series, What is Deep Sea Mining? (2018), with Margarida Mendes, a curator and activist from Lisbon and a founding member of the Oceano Livre Environmental Movement against deep sea mining. In two episodes, Episode 1: Tools for Ocean Literacy and Episode 2: The Blue Economy, a New Gold Rush?, they delve into deep sea mining, a new frontier of mineral extraction at the bottom of the ocean. The series is also available on inhabitants-tv.org, the New Museum website, and other media channels.
Support for public programs is provided, in part, by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Full support for 2018 Triennial: “Songs for Sabotage” can viewed here.