Sep 132016

New Ocean Happening on Catalina Island

First weekend in November
Catalina Casino, Avalon, California

The New Ocean Happening, directed by Doug Aitken and Cyrill Gutsch, brings together creative pioneers and environmental visionaries to focus on the critical issues of our time and concerns for our oceans. Unfolding against the backdrop of the City of Avalon on Catalina Island, within the stunning architecture of the Catalina Casino built in 1929, Parley for the Oceans invites to this high-energy, cross-disciplinary event respected artists, scientists, explorers, and musicians to start a living dialogue about the oceans: its meaning, future, and current state. Via live stream, the conversations and encounters they generate will be shared with a global audience, creating a cultural and ecological convergence driven by the goal of ocean preservation.

Parley for the Oceans is the New York-based organization and global network where creators, thinkers, and leaders raise awareness for the beauty and fragility of our oceans and collaborate to end their destruction. Founded in 2012 by Cyrill Gutsch, Parley believes the power for change lies in the hands of the consumer, and the duty to empower them lies in the hands of the creative industries. Artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, designers, journalists, architects, inventors, and scientists have the tools to mold reality and reshape our future on this planet. To succeed, we must synchronize the economic system of humankind with the ecosystem of nature. With a focus on ocean plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change, and deep sea exploration, Parley implements comprehensive strategies to ensure we are fast enough to meet the ultimate deadline, before we lose a treasure we have only just started to explore and still don’t fully understand: the fantastic blue universe beneath us—the oceans. To learn more about Parley for the Oceans, visit:

The above material was provided by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA)


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