The Sea Around Us

The Sea Around Us
In 1951, US marine biologist Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us was first published and it’s never been out of print since. For visual artist Tania Kovats, whose gaze has often returned to water and the oceans, Rachel Carson is one of the most important writers of the 20th century – a scientist, yes, but also a poet who captured the mystery of the world’s seas in her writing, beautifully expressing the speculation, adventure and, all too often, death. Today, major battles such as plastic pollution and refugee crises are keeping our oceans at the top of the news agenda. In this series of keynote interviews, Tania Kovats explores the complex relationship between the oceans and the humans who exploit them.

Jo Ruxton with Tania Kovats

Man and the Sea

Wednesday 22 August 12:30 - 13:30

Inspired by Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us, artist and guest selector Tania Kovats looks at how human exploitation of the oceans threatens the health of the entire planet. As the extent of plastic pollution becomes clear, filmmaker Jo Ruxton talks...

Maria Popova with Tania Kovats

Making Waves in the World

Wednesday 22 August 15:45 - 16:45

Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us has influenced and inspired a generation of environmentalists but its impact goes far beyond the green movement: it has been empowering artists and thinkers around the world for many years. Maria Popova, founder of...

Cristina Cattaneo, Barbie Latza Nadeau & Donal Ryan with Tania Kovats

The Sea's Sediments

Thursday 23 August 14:00 - 15:00

The sea holds tragic narratives and traces of migrants who have died while fleeing from war or poverty. As part of her series inspired by Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us, artist Tania Kovats meets Cristina Cattaneo, a forensic anthropologist whose...

J R Carpenter & Kathleen Jamie with Tania Kovats

Mother Sea

Thursday 23 August 19:15 - 20:15

Published in 1951, Rachel Carson’s The Sea Around Us remains essential reading. Although it describes the oceans from a marine biologist’s perspective, it's also renowned for its immersive prose, evoking the sea as a place of wonder and mystery....

Rose George, Maya Jasanoff & Djamila Ribeiro with Tania Kovats

The Restless Sea

Friday 24 August 14:00 - 15:00

Globalisation was made possible by the seafarers who exploited the oceans for trade. Artist Tania Kovats discusses the seas as a space for trading with Rose George, author of Deep Sea and Foreign Going, about the international shipping industry; US...