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SUPERFLEX: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg

October 6 - November 22, 2023
Harbor Hall Gallery, USF St. Petersburg
1000 3rd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 - Gallery entrance on South end of building

Hours: M-F noon-6pm and Sat noon-4pm. Closed Sun + USF Holidays (Nov. 10). Admission: Admission is free. Parking: GENERATOR visitor parking is available in lot 9 (USFSP Parking Map), south of Harbor Hall. Accessible parking is available in both lot 9 (south lot) and lot 10 (north lot). Wheelchair accessible entrance is on the northside. USF parking permits or payment by ParkMobile smartphone app are required. On street parking is also available on adjacent streets.

GENERATOR: University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum presents its inaugural exhibition, SUPERFLEX: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg.

This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg emerges from SUPERFLEX’s in-depth research into the deep sea, biodiversity, and the climate. The exhibition immerses viewers in two parallel and interconnected realms, separated by a curtain which acts as an imaginary filter between land and sea. Passing through the curtain brings visitors from a terrestrial space unsettled by rising water to the ocean’s dark depths, to meet one of the most important cleaners of the ocean, the siphonophore. Relatives of the jellyfish, siphonophores bring between two and six billion tons of carbon a year from the surface down to the seabed, where it is stored. This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg offers an opportunity to encounter this unfamiliar species, prompting reflection on the impacts and consequences of climate change, especially relevant to Florida and its coastal communities, and encouraging humans to imagine a future defined by interspecies living and ecological coexistence. 

SUPERFLEX, The Is The Tip Of The Iceberg, 2019

This is The Tip Of The Iceberg, 2019. Courtesy of OMR. Photo credit: SUPERFLEX


Replay of October 6, 2023 Artist Talk with SUPERFLEX Founder Bjørn Christiansen and USF Contemporary Art Museum Curator-at-Large Christian Viveros-Fauné.



Replay of October 11, 2023 Talk by USF Associate Professor Dr. Joseph Dituri, a.k.a. Dr. Deep Sea, who recently set a new world record by living underwater for 100 days. He spoke about his unique research and experience submerged in a pressurized environment.


SUPERFLEX, The Is The Tip Of The Iceberg, 2019

View the online exhibition workbook on or as a 6MB pdf. The 42-page workbook features essays Sarah Howard and Christian Viveros-Fauné.



11/14/2023 - GENERATOR: USFCAM presents inaugural exhibition SUPERFLEX - Suzanne Townsend, The Crow’s Nest at USF St. Petersburg

10/6/2023 - Coexisting in a Changing Environment - By Kurt Loft, Creative Pinellas

10/6/2023 - Going deep with Dr. Deep Sea: USF prof on his record 100 days living underwater - By Philip Morgan, 83degrees

10/4/2023 - USF Contemporary Art Museum's inaugural GENERATOR exhibition opens on the St. Petersburg campus - USF News

10/3/2023 - October arts roundup: SHINE Mural Festival's return, Generator USF CAM's debut, much more - By Christopher Curry, 83degrees

9/18/2023 - 'Superflex: This Is the Tip of the Iceberg' - Tampa Bay Newspapers

9/13/2023 - You can see 22 art shows for free in Tampa Bay this fall - By Maggie Duffy, Tampa Bay Times

5/19/2023 - Editor's notebook: Tampa Bay makes global gains in the 'art as infrastructure' arena - By Alexis Muellner, Tampa Bay Business Journal


SUPERFLEX: This Is The Tip Of The Iceberg is curated by Sarah Howard, USFCAM Curator of Social Practice, and organized by USFCAM. GENERATOR: USFCAM and its programs are generously supported by USF College of The Arts; USF St. Petersburg; the Florida Department of State, Florida Arts & Culture; the Lee & Victor Leavengood Endowment; the Stanton Storer Embrace the Arts Foundation; and the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership. Additional support was provided by Danish textile company Kvadrat. 

Vertical Migration was developed in close collaboration with Kollision. This is The Tip of The Iceberg is courtesy of OMR gallery.