At the tipping point for oceanic ecologies today, Armin Linke documents the simultaneous fascination and alienation of modern technology used to map, visualise and exploit marine resources. Prospecting Ocean explores the technocratic entanglement of industry, science, politics and economy. This work is shown alongside a commissioned extension of the project featuring a selection of documents related to Italian and Turkish marine history. Assembled in collaboration with Prof. Emin Özsoy, the maps and books provide an insight into the scientific research on the Bosphorus conducted by Luigi Ferdinando Marsili (1658–1730), a scholar and natural scientist from Bologna, one of the founding fathers of modern oceanology.

Armin Linke (b. 1966, Milan, Italy) lives and works in Berlin, Germany. As a photographer and filmmaker, he explores the question of how humanity uses technologies and knowledge to transform the surface of the earth and adapt it to its needs. Recent solo exhibitions include Carceri d’invenzione, XXII Triennale di Milano, Milan (2019); Prospecting Ocean, CNR-ISMAR, Venice (2018); The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen, ZKM Karlsruhe, PAC Milano, Forum Ludwig Aachen, Centre de la photographie Genève (2015-2017). Recent group exhibitions include Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (2019); Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2019); Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest, Halle/Saale, Berlin, Hamburg (2017-2018).

EXHIBITED WORKS

Prospecting Ocean, 2018
Main Film: two-channel video installation, colour, sound, approx. 56’ loop
Courtesy the artist.
Commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy.
Presented with the support of La Quadriennale di Roma, Institüt für Auslandsbeziehungen and Italian Cultural Institute in Istanbul.
Teşekkürler Thanks to: Stefan Helmreich, Patrick Nason, Maureen Penjueli

Prospecting Ocean, 2018
Lectures: video installation on two monitors, colour, sound, 240’
Courtesy the artist.
Commissioned and produced by TBA21–Academy.
Presented with the support of La Quadriennale di Roma, Institüt für Auslandsbeziehungen and Italian Cultural Institute in Istanbul.

Camera: Armin Linke, Giulia Bruno
Sound recording: Renato Rinaldi, Armin Linke
Editing: Giulia Bruno, Giuseppe Ielasi
Color correction: Giulia Bruno
Sound postproduction: Giuseppe Ielasi
Typography animation: Mevis & van Deursen, Daria Kiseleva

(in conversation)
Nadia Pinardi from the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Bologna and Emin Özsoy, Professor at the Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, Istanbul Technical University, in conversation at the Marsili Museum of the University Library of Bologna,
Bologna, Italy, 26/6/2019
13’44”

(lecture)
Emin Özsoy, Professor at Eurasia Institute of Earth Sciences, İstanbul Technical University, at the Aula Magna of the University Library of Bologna,
Bologna, Italy, 26/6/2019
27’

Camera: Armin Linke, Giulia Bruno
Sound recording: Armin Linke
Editing: Giulia Bruno, Giuseppe Ielasi
Color correction: Giulia Bruno
Sound postproduction: Giuseppe Ielasi

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