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By Rimini Protokoll
(Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel)

Schlossmuseum / 08. Sep. 2020 till 20. Feb. 2021


by Rimini Protokoll (Haug, Kaegi, Wetzel)

Duration of the exhibition: 8 September 2020 – 20 February 2021

Jellyfish have existed on this earth for over 670 million years - and just about everything that harms our ecosystem fosters their existence. The number of jellyfish is increasing worldwide. For this reason, biologists have repeatedly made the same prediction: When everything else has perished, jellyfish will be the sole survivors.

The reasons for this are predominantly man-made. Overfishing of the oceans is disrupting the delicate ecological balance, and stocks are collapsing. This is also causing a decline in the number of predatory fish, which previously limited the jellyfish population. Global warming, which has been progressing at an ever faster pace since industrialisation, prolongs the breeding season of jellyfish, while many fish suffer from the lower oxygen content of the water. "Dead zones" caused by pollution and acidification of the oceans are a veritable El Dorado for jellyfish. The voracious predators disrupt the marine food chain considerably through their feeding behaviour, which has implications not only for other sea creatures but also for mankind. In recent years, jellyfish blooms have threatened to destroy local fish stocks in Japan and South Australia. Monumental 'jellyfish blooms', i.e. the mass appearance of large swarms of jellyfish, are becoming increasingly common. These not only pose a danger to nature and the animal world, but also to ourselves. The Swedish nuclear power plant in Oskarshamn, for instance, had to shut down three reactors in 2013 after a jellyfish invasion had blocked the pipeline of the cooling system.

The Australian marine biologist and jellyfish expert Lisa-Ann Gershwin comments: "We find ourselves in the crazy, unexpected and incomprehensible situation of having to compete with jellyfish. And they are on the point of winning." The audio-visual experience in the Schlossmuseum confronts visitors* with these fascinating creatures and forces them to address the apocalyptic struggle for survival that we are facing today. Observing the Cnidaria closely ultimately unmasks the observers themselves, inciting them to self-reflection and hopefully to a change in their way of thinking. For the most efficient weapon against the destruction of mankind continues to be its intellect.  

The installation win > < win was produced in 2017 by CCCB (Barcelona) in co-production with FACT+BLUECOAT+RIBA NORTH (Liverpool), as part of the exhibition "After the End of the World" (curated by José Luis de Vicente).

Concept, direction and composition: Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi, Daniel Wetzel
With: Jamileh Javidpour (Geomar Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research)
Daniel Strozynski (Berlin Zoological Garden | Berlin Aquarium  | Tierpark Berlin)
Lisa Ann Gershwin (Author of "Stung! On Jellyfish Blooms and the Future of the Ocean“, Hobart, Australia)
Boris Koch (Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research)
among others.

Sound synchronisation: Andreas Mihan

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