Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea

We proudly announce Stef Veldhuis‘ participation in the exhibition Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea at MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon. Stefs project Sound of the North Sea, commissioned by the Embassy of the North Sea in 2019 will be presented in the exhibition.

Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea

The exhibition Aquaria – Or the Illusion of a Boxed Sea reflects on the possibilities and new questions that arise when rethinking our relationship with the marine world. Aquaria are devices that organise and represent marine life; they are complex systems which, in the paradigm of modernity and urbanisation, embody the transformation of nature into culture, with the help of technology and capital. This separation of culture as an entity divorced from the organic-natural world, stems from scientific and rational attempts to categorise and organise. However, these sorts of constructs that divide culture from nature are no longer convincing in the context of a new climate regime which appeals to new narratives that go beyond the hierarchies built around mankind and its exploration of resources and bodies.

Curated by Angela Rui, the exhibition path unfolds through 11 installations by artists, designers, filmmakers, composers and researchers, each offering different points of view to emphasise how the ways of understanding the marine environment were once envisaged and how they should be reconsidered today.

Includes projects by Revital Cohen & Tuur Van Balen, Julien Creuzet, Simon Denny, Marjolijn Dijckman & Toril Johannessen, Michela de Mattei, Alice dos Reis, Eva Jack, Joan Jonas, Armin Linke, Superflex and Stef Veldhuis.


MAAT – Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, Lisbon

18 March 2021 — 6 September 2021

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