Oceanic Living Data
Dance and data combine to tell a story shared by many scientists and artists.
May 7, 2012. Oceanic Living Data, Rozelle School of Visual Arts, Sydney
Oceanic Living Data is an animated installation that evolves like a scientific model, to reflect the latest consensus scientific understandings. Its unique combination of scientific data and subjective responses reflects Indigenous, biological and mechanistic views, of the natural world forming through relationships between parts, and our selves as part of that forming process.
Dancer Caterina Mocciola,scientist/dancer Ashley Macqueen,and musician Fabio Muccini,improvise with tracings of graphs, satellite and microscopic images, and gestures of other scientists and artists describing and expressing.
A floating screen of plankton mesh...
Illuminates Living Data.
Circling, Spiralling, Crossing lines...
describe natural systems...
physical, biological, emotional.
Glacial ice melts.
Krill stir the sea.
Connectivity is felt and measured.
Antarctic sea ice pulses...
Water energy flows.
Water molecules freeze and thaw.
The circumpolar current spins.
Cold bottom water spirals from Antarctica.
Nutrients are drawn up...
by krill and ocean currents.
Krill release eggs.
Sea levels rise.
More CO2 seeps into the water...
than many creatures can bear.
CO2 acidifies water.
Natural balance between plants and animals...
Is the problem human?
Can the solution be human?
Can life as we know it adapt...
to increasing variability in temperature?
Human hands create...
to suit human desires.
Plants of the land and sea create...
the oxygen we breathe...