Oceanic Living Data
A floating screen of plankton meshis illuminated by animationsthat combine hypotheses, stories, data and iconography shared by scientists and artists. Like a scientific model, the installation evolves to reflect current understandings. The story is that a healthy environment maintains homeostasis between its parts and that human actions are tipping the natural balance etween plants and animals. Recent data are graphs that show sea levels rising and diagrams that show changing patterns of growth in organisms. Iconography are circling, spiraling and crossing lines that dynamically connect parts to suggest the whole system. Unlike a scientific model, this model can be touched. You can move through it and feel part of it.
This excerpt shows variability in the tempo of the music (by Sophie Green) and in the dance of marine algae (Hormosira banksii, reflecting data from Martina Doblin), waves, dancing hands (of Catherine Magill) and the opening of alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs at the moment of a child's first breath.
Australian Antarctic Division
McMurdo Dry Valleys
Long-Term Ecological Research Antarctic sea ice
United States Geological Survey Sea levels rising
John Church et al.
Climate Change Cluster (C3)
University of Technology, Sydney
(Air sacs in lungs)
Royal Hobart Hospital