A Sea of Labour

The Sea is Glowing - Hito Steyerl: Liquidity Inc., 2014. HD video file, single channel in architectural environment. Duration: 30:15 min. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020. Film still © Hito SteyerlHito Steyerl: Liquidity Inc., 2014. HD video file, single channel in architectural environment. Duration: 30:15 min. Courtesy the artist, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and Esther Schipper, Berlin. © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn, 2020. Film still © Hito Steyerl

Anchored at Exportdrvo building from 20 August to 31 October, 2020,  The Sea is Glowing is the central exhibition of the Dopolavoro flagship of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture program. Featured in this international group exhibition which deals with the invisible economies linked to the sea, world-respected artists in their works deal with unusual and radical phenomena, from strange online shops to the empires of amateur pornography and other golden coasts.
Curated by Inke Arns (DE), PhD, the exhibition presents the works of 15 European and global artists and groups: Aram Bartholl (DE), Ursula Biemann (CH), DISNOVATION.ORG (FR/PL), Jacob Hurwitz-Goodman / Daniel Keller (US), Steffen Köhn (DE), Lawrence Lek (GB), Rebecca Moss (GB), Jenny Odell (US), Elisa Giardina Papa (IT), Lisa Rave (DE), Marie Reinert (FR), Tabita Rezaire (GF), RYBN (FR), Sebastian Schmieg (DE), and Hito Steyerl (DE).
The exhibition will open on Thursday, 20 April, 2020, at 8 pm. After the opening, visit the exhibition until September 13th everyday from 5 to 9 pm, and from 14 September to 31 October everyday from 11 pm to 9 pm.

The admission fee is 30 kuna (admission is free on the opening night).

Exhibition is organized by Drugo more in collaboration with Goethe-Institut Kroatien.

In the geographical sense, Europe is a maritime continent, and the sea has always fundamentally shaped its entire development: considering the ratio of the length of the coast to the total land surface, Europe has more contact with the sea than any other continent. For Rijeka, the port, as well as the sea, is not only a place of the loading and unloading or the arrivals and departures of boats. The port is the heart of the city and symbolically important for the identity of the city. This is why the sea, and new forms of work and economy which are connected to the sea, are extremely important for both Rijeka and Europe.

The exhibition The Sea Is Glowing looks at new invisible economies connected to the sea – in the ocean, like deep sea mining, at the sea shore, like offshore tax havens, and on the sea, like ultra-libertarian sea-steading start-ups. All of these activities are part of new economies that involve new kinds of labour, like outsourced micro-work, global logistics, or new kinds of capital circulation, happening in places like freeports. Harbour cities like Rijeka are of particular interest for these kinds of economies because of their (at times) special taxation model. In addition, the deep sea is a ‘new frontier’ in the quest for resources. The artists in the exhibition The Sea Is Glowing look at weird Amazon shops, externalized data-cleaning work, deep sea mining, rising sea levels, hidden offshore paradises, empires of amateur pornography and other lucrative shores. In short: A sea of labour.




The exhibition is curated by Inke Arns (DE), PhD, who is famous for her work in media art. She is the director of the Dortmund Hartware MedienKunstVerein (HMKV) organisation and the curator of numerous international exhibitions that have been shown around Europe and the world – from Berlin, Glasgow and Warsaw, from Ljubljana and Nova Sad, all the way to Moscow, Tel Aviv and Hong Kong. Arns is the author of numerous articles on media art and net culture, and editor of exhibition catalogues. Books include Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) – an analysis of their artistic strategies in the context of the 1980s in Yugoslavia (2002), Net Cultures (2002), Objects in the mirror may be closer than they appear! The Avant-Garde in the Rear-View Mirror (2004). www.inkearns.de
Inke Arns talking about her trip to Nigeria

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