The Ocean Commons and the Culture of Seaweeds


The international waters are one of the few last commons that is accessible to all members of society as a natural resource. Therefore, they can be re-conceptualized as a new living environment for the future. This concept of the ocean as a free living space originates from Mare Liberum (1609) constituting the logistical and philosophical impossibility to privatize the waters of the seas and oceans. Since the 2013 commission by MoMA, MAP Office research focus aims to evaluate the potential of the sea for remapping Asia from a series of cultural perspectives, ranging from autonomous floating communities to the production and consumption of seaweed as future food.