BY THE SEA is a body of video works which explore the ocean as a source of fascination and fear, of life and greed. Since ancient times our relationship to the sea is contradictory. In the premodern world, humans encountered the endless sea in awe and in fear. The ocean, as calm and peaceful it might appear on some days, was experienced as a dangerous environment full of mythical sea creatures and threats. Today, the ocean has long been demystified. Not the ocean is primarily a threat to the human being, but the human being is a threat to the ocean by reason of extractivist practices and global warming. Today we find beauty in the marine landscape which we gradually destroy.
BY THE SEA investigates the relationship between humans and oceans in several chapters. The first chapter addresses our perception of the sea as a place of longing. For generations, people have enjoyed travelling to coastlines for contemplation and relaxation. We enjoy being close to water, listening to the sound of rolling waves. But our fascination for the ocean collides more and more with a certain amount of discomfort because we are aware of the harm we do to oceanic ecosystems.
2021. video installation on 7 screens (loop), sound.