Activities/Deep Sea Minding


19 Apr - 22 Dec Research

Deep Sea Minding
Photo: James White

In 2018 SUPERFLEX embarks on a three year research project, by taking on the role of Expedition Leaders in TBA21–Academy’s fellowship program The Current.

The deep sea is closer than ever. Global warming is causing an unprecedented rise in the sea level, which will drastically reshape our planet. Dry ecosystems, including human landscapes, will soon be submerged. Great migrations will happen, and all species will be forced to survive extreme changes in their habitats. As the water rises, molluscs, fish and algae will occupy our cities, homes and parking lots. Every object created by humans will potentially end up underwater: cars, televisions, fish bowls. When the depths of the sea finally reach the places that we have carefully designed and built, their original function and aesthetics will be lost. It is time to consider if water will then become a destructive force or an element of transformation. Apart from continuing to fight the causes of climate change, we should also prepare for the inevitable arrival of the ocean.

Commissioned by TBA21- Academy, Deep Sea Minding merges artistic and scientific research in an attempt to reach an alternative understanding of the marine species, which could ultimately affect the way we imagine and design our environments and objects. While generating relevant data and increasing awareness of rising sea levels, Deep Sea Minding proposes the creation of structures that could serve the needs and desires of both humans and marine creatures. In August, SUPERFLEX initiates the first of three expeditions to the South Pacific to test marine life responses to the nature of these designed structures.

From 2018 to 2020 SUPERFLEX will be  Expedition Leaders of TBA21–Academy’s three-year fellowship programme The Current. The first expedition aboard the M/Y Dardanella research vessel, brings a series of exploratory experiments to the uninhabited island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai, in the South Pacific. The island of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai emerged recently in the South Pacific, challenging the prevailing tendency of a world which is slowly sinking. The perfect location to explore the thin and ever-changing frontier between land and sea. A frontier which will be soon diluted by a vertical migration: bringing fish to occupy our homes and humans to mind the deep sea.


Dr Dayne Buddo
Ricardo Gomes
Francesca von Habsburg
Markus Reymann
Dr Barbara Imhof
Dr Alex Jordan
Jun Kamei
Maureen Penjueli
Johan Schneévoigt

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