• What is Deep Sea Mining? Episode 4: A Deep Sea Mining Glossary

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    For the last two years we have been investigating deep sea mining, in an effort to both inform about and help to preempt this, for now hypothetical, industry. The jump from speculation to reality is, however, short. One could say that there is no deep sea mining industry. Rather, what is being pushed is a discourse, a language, and an imaginary (a speculation), creating the conditions for financial interests to establish this new economic frontier as unavoidable.

    Throughout this period of investigation, talking to different sources and reading from articles and documents ranging from economics and mining to biology and geology, we stumbled upon certain, key words, terms, and concepts. Depending on who spoke them, however, their meaning shifted. They were polymorphic terms, open to the interpretation of different stakeholders of deep sea mining or its opponents.

    This episode is a tentative and brief glossary of terms invoked in debates around deep sea mining. We wrote them based on interviews with various of our sources, as well as official industry media, legal definitions and dictionary entries. We hope they reveal something about how deep sea mining is a contested, polyphonic site, with the future of the seabed and its ecologies up for grabs.

    What is Deep Sea Mining? is developed in collaboration with Margarida Mendes, curator and activist from Lisbon, Portugal, and founding member of Oceano Livre environmental movement against deep sea mining. What is Deep Sea Mining? is a web series commissioned by TBA21–Academy. 

    Acknowledgements: Matt Gianni, Ann Dom, Alexandre Monnin, Katherine Sammler, Anna Zalik, Julie Klinger, Thorsten Thiele, Sabine Christiansen, André Romão, Joël Vacheron, and everyone who helped this web series. Special thanks to: Markus Reymann, Stefanie Hessler, and Filipa Ramos. Show less
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