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Who Speaks for the Oceans?

Ursula Biemann, Acoustic Ocean, 2018, Video installation, 18:50

Ursula Biemann, Acoustic Ocean, 2018, Video installation, 18:50. Courtesy the artist and Video Data Bank.


September 22, 2023–January 27, 2024

Main Galleries and Studio Gallery

This exhibition proposes new and challenging ways to shift our understandings of and relationships to whales and other nonhuman animals. Through interdisciplinary artworks in video, installation, painting, tapestry, music, performance, and more, Who Speaks for the Oceans? analyzes epistemological and historical knowledge built around what we think we know about life in the ocean through the charismatic “whale song.” As we approach a crucial moment concerning the condition of our planet, listening to whale vocalizations and other marine creatures can bring us closer to understanding their needs and encouraging action toward healthier stewardship of the oceans.  


This exhibition was organized by Alaina Claire Feldman, Director and Curator of Mishkin Gallery, Baruch College; David Gruber, Distinguished Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences, Baruch College; and Jennifer Seas, Director and Chief Curator of the Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University. 


Featuring: Ant Farm, Ursula Biemann, Else Bostelmann, Myrlande Constant, Jacques Cousteau and Louis Malle, Pia Dehne, Miho Hatori, Amber Hawk Swanson, Will E. Jackson, Joan Jonas, Jenny Kendler and Andrew Bearnot, Dominique Knowles, Chris Marker and Mario Ruspoli, and Roger Payne   



Fall Exhibition Cycle Opening Reception & Live Performance 

Tarble Family Days

Immigration Imagination: Concepts for Immigration Reform 

Art Speaks! W/ Hadley Clark 

Noontime Talks 

Do Whales Dream of Electric Human? Performance by Miho Hatori

2023 Camille Compo Lecture: Amber Hawk Swanson

Alvin Lucier's Vespers: A Collaborative Performance

Who Speaks for the Oceans? Closing Reception and Live Performance

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Tarble Arts Center

2010 9th St.
Charleston, IL 61920

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