As part of “Undercurrents: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art”exhibition
May 27  – June 19, 2010
The Whitney Museum of American Art at The Kitchen, NY, NY


Ocean Commons Entanglement Apparatus (in the absence of the concept of ‘Nature’) was commissioned by Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance as a mobile social sculpture that facilitates the creation of new stakeholders through innovative gathering and protecting of the oceans’ living resources.


OCEA(n) includes three mobile research platforms, each of which contain tools to engage a series of specific questions concerning monitoring, mapping and eating. Packed with nets, maps, tide books, a GPS-enabled computer and modular furniture, these provisional workstations fold into small, easily portable units. A video documenting this process can be found here.

This project emerged directly out of an interest in our brand of community outreach and development for “Working Waters.”


OCEA(n) is one of thirteen works presented in this year’s Whitney Independent Study Program exhibition called “UNDERCURRENTS: Experimental Ecosystems in Recent Art.” Organized by curatorial fellows Anik Fournier, Michelle Lim, Amanda Parmer and Robert Wuilfe, the exhibition is open from May 27th through June 19th, 2010, at The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, New York City)

Seafood Throwdown: June 5, 2010 noon to 2 p.m. Union Square Farmers Market


OCEA(n) is a collaboration between spurse and the Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. The project was developed as part of a New School for Social Research COLLAB Design Studio (George Bixby, Chris Hennelly, Kat Reilly, and Nadia Shazana), to enhance new paradigms in pedagogical thinking.The project received generous support from the Andrus Family Fund and LEF Foundation.


“Art Meets Ocean Meets Seafood Meets Local Food,” (NAMA, May 20, 2010)
“‘Undercurrents’ Makes an Ecological Museum out of New York City,” (Indypendent, June 2, 2010)


The exhibition catalog is published by the Whitney Museum of American Art in association with Yale University Press, and is available for purchase.

“How do we relate the ocean's ecosystems with our own? In the simplest sense, how are we part of the ocean? These are some of the questions we set out to explore with OCEA(n),” said Iain Kerr, one of the members of Spurse.