The Model has created a digital experience of ‘The Sea Around Us while the exhibition is closed to the public

From The Sea Around Us exhibition catalogue
by Emer McGarry

The Sea Around Us 

John Akomfrah (GH/GB), Forensic Oceanography and Forensic Architecture (GB), Shaun Gladwell (AU), Karen Power (IE), Susanne M. Winterling (DE)

Curated by Emer McGarry

The sea offers us the idea of the infinite, the unknowable. A huge expanse that invites us to wonder about the limits of our world and reality. The sea has been a source of inspiration to artists, thinkers and writers for hundreds of years – its sometime serenity juxtaposed with its sublime terrifying power. The sea’s seemingly inexhaustible abundance and the promise of what lies beyond, have invited humankind to strike out in exploration in an effort to understand its vastlessness, and to enrich themselves with the knowledge, sustenance and treasure they find out there.

The sheer immensity of the sea, means it cannot be seen as a clear-cut theme or topic that can be easily explained or understood. It has many aspects, and our relationship with it is complex and contradictory. The sea is a channel that enables communication and trade, and that casts knowledge and ideas up on many distant shores. While the sea is a source of life and abundance, it is also a graveyard, not only for ancient civilizations, but for the many who bravely risk its depths in search of peace today. Life within the sea, which once seemed so limitless, has fallen victim to the actions of the Anthropocene age, and the effects of this are becoming more scientifically clear all the time.

The works in this exhibition invite the viewer to consider the sea as a setting where a multiplicity of mostly unseen and unknown dramas are played out, dramas that are at times non-human and at times inhumane. Through these visual and sound-based works, we invite you to contemplate the ebb and flow of the ocean, and humankind’s multi-faceted relationship with it.

The show is accompanied by a new music performance and sound installation by composer and sound artist Karen Power, and a specially commissioned essay by artist Rosie O’Reilly (IE).

Emer McGarry, curator, 2020

The Model has created a digital experience of The Sea Around Us while the exhibition is closed to the public