SECCMA Trust is pleased to present its inaugural exhibition Standardized Waters, a group show also featuring ARTWORKS Fellows Dimitra Dimopoulou and Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos.
Since ancient times, the oceans have been a source of chance as well as of fear. Their conquest promises for profit but implies great dangers. At times it was regarded wise to avoid leaving firm land categorically, as the ocean, the unfirm, was thought of as humanities’ antagonist per se.
Later, in the context of medieval maritime trade, risk was distinguished from hazards. While hazards were attributed to the environment, the gods, or the sea itself, risks were attributed to decisions. The exposure to risk is deliberately sought, whereas hazards are generally avoided.
This basic distinction can be understood as the foundation of today’s world-encompassing trading structures of which seafaring is still the fundamental component.
From the perspective of the office desks of shipping companies in Piraeus, London or Singapore the oceans are considered mere infrastructure. The risks that lie hidden beneath the water surface are carefully calculated, located and administered as insurables. The unfirm is rationalized and becomes an exchangeable commodity. Yet, whereas radiation leaks, refugee boats, floating plastic islands and giant oil-spills on rising sea levels have been factored in as standard and are generally understood as status quo, the oceans still hold surprises.
The impossibility to include the human factor, the calculator herself, in the equation makes for unknowns beyond calculability. The contingency of these unknowns is the defining factor of contemporary seascapes. The physics of water won’t allow for maritime pathways to be beaten paths.
Participating artists: Dimitra Dimopoulou, Florian Goldmann, George Tigkas, Jerome Aizpuro Suplemento, Krini Dimopoulou, Manolis Daskalakis Lemos, Vincent Grunwald.
The exhibition will open 04.05.2018 and will run through 02.06.2018.