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The Ocean as a Creative Experience
Architecture, Art, and Music

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ISBN 9789814968577
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
196 Pages 98 Color & 16 B/W Illustrations

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The new book by artist, diver and editor-in-chief of an underwater magazine Jürgen Claus is a milestone among the books dedicated to the planet sea. It is the knowledgeable overview, created from facts and experiences, of three creative areas that have never before been described in context. Marine architectures from both the Pacific and Atlantic regions have now moved from vision to reality. Whether it is a sail-shaped architecture in Nouméa or a whale-shaped one in the Arctic region. A special attention is paid by Prof. Claus on a post-disaster architecture. Younger readers are encouraged to design such metabolic buildings themselves.

That the seascape has also become a fluid studio for visual artists may come as a surprise. The works of art, some of which the author has experienced first-hand, have intertwined with an ecological, sustainable way of working. And this is also true to a special degree for the sound artists. They realize their sonic worlds with recordings from the sounding world underwater, a concert hall of hitherto unknown dimensions. Claus's experience as a professor of media art with students flows into the description of multimedia or media-related ocean installations. Here the book becomes a stimulus for realizing one's own experiences.

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Jürgen Claus lives and works in Aachen (Germany) and Baelen (Belgium). He studied theater, art history and philosophy at LMU University in Munich, Germany. Claus was a research associate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a professor of media art at the Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in Cologne, Germany. His work includes paintings, films, light, solar installations, and underwater art. He is also a prolific writer on art, whose theoretical works have sold over 100,000 copies. ""Jürgen Claus is the first to look at the ocean not from the point of view of a scientist, but from that of an artist,"" writes Michel Ragon. In his book, Claus combines professional experience as an inventor of fascinating underwater artworks and films, as editor-in-chief of a diving magazine, with a wide-ranging field of novel marine architectures, marine art and sound worlds in the oceans. The ocean architect Jacques Rougerie characterized him as follows: ""You were one of the very first to believe in arts under the sea and above all to develop them. Today, this is becoming a reality. You are a true visionary for me."


"Astronomers, like all humans, think a great deal about seas and oceans. There are waves in plasmas, in galaxies. The search for extraterrestrial life of our kind begins with the search for water and oceans. We haven’t found many yet, and it will take millennia before Jürgen Claus will be able to build and live in harmony with our oceans, as reviewed in depth in this book. This book is an act of optimism that reviews the work of artists and architects internationally who have begun to design and build habitats or the future postdiluvian civilizations. A must-read as part of adapting to accelerating climate change."

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Roger Malina, University of Dallas, Texas, USA

"The artist Jürgen Claus is considered to be one of the pioneers of media art. His greatest achievements include, not only the introduction of the issues of ecology to art, but also an extension of the field of artistic activity to the seas and oceans. His underwater happenings and exhibitions made (art) history."

Frank-Thorsten Moll, Director, IKOB, Eupen, Belgium