Oceans – Dialogues between Ocean Floor and Water Column (2017), Armin Linke

Armin Linke’s works, films and photographs observe man-made changes to the biosphere. The German photographer and filmmaker examines the formation of the natural, technological and urban surroundings, perceived as a manifold realm of continuous interaction.

His video installation “Oceans” created in 2017 unveils the realm of the open ocean and the deep sea. It shows the artist’s exploration of the work of scientists. He reveals environmental management strategies, studies of minerals, complex processes of science and scientific working methods. But most significantly he concentrates on shading light on the value of human engagement for protecting one of our most precious resources, the Ocean. Recently the video installation was shown at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin accompanied by discussions with experts about the impact of human activity on the ocean floor and sound performances by artist colleagues. It was an official project of the Year of Science 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans, a program of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Armin Linke was born in 1966 and lives in Milan, Italy, and Berlin, Germany. He has exhibited extensively internationally, including shows at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (2000); Whitechapel Project Space, London, UK (2003); Tate Gallery, London, UK (2005); Venice Biennale (Art Biennale 2003, International Architecture Exhibition 2004 and 2006); Bienal de São Paulo (2002, 2008); and the Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Russia (2011). His work has also been screened internationally, including at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2005, 2010); 67th Venice International Film Festival (2010); and Visions du Réel, Nyon, Switzerland (2011).  Currently he is on faculty at the Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, Germany, and is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Visual Arts Program in Cambridge, MA.

For background information on the work and philosophy of the artist visit the artist’s website.

We are impressed by the work of Armin Linke and like to hear more of such projects presenting a critical perspective on human activities especially on water.

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