Pacific Expedition

Installations & Readymades, Pazific-Expedition (2019)

During his participation in the 6-week Pacific Ocean crossing on board of the German Research Vessel SONNE from Vancouver (CAN) to Singapore (2019), Roman Kroke realized a number of  participative Installations, documented in the video below: “Lift to the Ocean Bed” (minute 05:45-08:08), “Empty Flag fraught with Stories” (minute 07:50-08:40), “Perfume Machine Room Guts“ (minute 08:41-09:33). The expedition was also the source of his two readymades “Chameleon Skin” (minute 27:50-32:50) and “Identity Bricolage” (minute 39:50-43:08) as well of the concept for the future installation “Drop it – DropUS” (minunte 13:36-22:02; 43:10-50:28). For instance, in the installation “Lift to the Ocean Bed” he attached two of his canvasses to the “legs” of the Multicorer, a scientific sampling instrument, which thus travelled over 5000 meter deep to the Pacific Ocean ground. During their “lift” they were firstly soaked with all segments of the water column; arriving at the sea bed, they then “postmarked” the sediments into their linen fabric. These canvasses, thus enriched by “material stories” (German pedagogic concept of “Stoffgeschichten”), shall become part of Roman Kroke’s future installation BIOUNITY PUZZLE (planned for 2020). All these works were exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Vojvodina, Novi Sad/Serbia (September 2019) and on the interdisciplinary climate festival LA FESTA DEL PAESAGGIO in Montalcino/Italy (October 2019).

These artistic concepts shall be integrated into Roman Kroke’s future artwork BIOUNITY PUZZLE for which he is currently doing a final research on whale sharks in Pintuyan/Philippines, in cooperation with the organisation LAMAVE.