The Sea is History: Art and Black Atlantic Cultures

A Symposium around the work of Frank Bowling

Sonia Boyce, J. Michael Dash, Okwui EnwezorEllen Gallagher, Isaac Julien, Courtney J. MartinMark Nash, David Scott, Allison Thompson

Film screenings
Isaac Julien, Paradise Omeros, 2002, 20 min
Steve McQueen, Ashes, 2014, 10 min

Friday, October 20, 2017
11 am – 7 pm


Welcome and Introduction
Okwui Enwezor, Director Haus der Kunst
 Session 1
Mappa Mundi: The Discursive Nets of the Caribbean Sea

- David Scott, Professor and Chair of Anthropology (Columbia University, New York) and President of Small Axe Inc:
"The Archaeology of Ourselves"
J. Michael Dash, Professor of French Literature, Thought and Culture (New York University):
"L'ivresse du sensible: Reading Surfaces with Edouard Glissant"

- Moderated by Mark Nash, Independent Curator and Writer, London

Lunch break

Film Screening
Steve McQueen, Ashes, 2014, 10 min        

Session 2
Crossings: Film, Narrative and the "Black Atlantic" Cultural Matrix
- Isaac Julien, Artist and Filmmaker, London
Courtney J. Martin, Deputy Director and Chief Curator (Dia Art Foundation, New York): 
"They've all got Painting: Frank Bowling's Modernity and the post-1960 Atlantic"

- Moderated by Okwui Enwezor    

Coffee Break

Session 3
Traveling Light: Re/figuring the "Black Atlantic"
- Sonia Boyce, Artist, London
"From the substrate to the riverbed"
- Ellen Gallagher, Artist, Rotterdam and New York
"Are we Obsidian?" 
- Moderated by Allison Thompson, Head of the Centre for the Visual and Performing Arts (Barbados Community College)

Film Screening
Isaac Julien, Paradise Omeros, 2002, 20 min


Admission: 5 €
The symposium will be held in English.
With thanks to ICF International Curators Forum for the support of the symposium. 
Additional thanks to an anonymous supporter and David A. Bailey.