Living Data

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that this program contains images and voices of deceased persons.

Living Data

Oceanic Living Data:
Sex in the Sea

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Many scientists are also artists who recognise the arts as vital for expressing consensus understanding
of how nature works and is changing, in ways that appeal to diverse beliefs that govern how we process information.

Oceanic Living Data is a visualisation that evolves, like a scientific model, from conversations between scientists, but also including subjective responses to the data and the stories that these tell. This iteration was presented at the 35th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetingin Hobart, 11th June 2012 - 20th June 2012, and in the Living Data Atriumat the University of Technology Sydney, as part of the 2013 Ultimo Science Festival.

The title of this iteration, Sex in the Sea, comes from William Gladstone,Head of School of Life Science at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), who regularly presents a lecture of that name. Poetic languages of drawing, dance and music, are combined with words and scientific data. Together they appeal to us for care, understanding and conservation, of breeding grounds of Antarctic krill that are central to the marine food web, and to reflect on our dependence on a healthy ocean.

Key data come from the University of Technology (UTS) and the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD).

Significant contributions are from artists, some of whom are also scientists. In this iteration of Oceanic Living Data, co-authored by krill biologist Steve Nicol,co-coordinator of Lynchpin, the Ocean Project, Sue Anderson,and me, Lisa Roberts,visual artist and interactive author.


Lisa Roberts
Merindah Funnell (Neptune's necklace avatars)

Stephanie Cooper (oboe)
Jack Colwell (percussion)
Fabio Muccini(guitar)
Rupert Summerson(shakuhachi)


So Kawaguchi(Antarctic krill)
Jaime Gomez-Gutierrez(Antarctic krill)
Steve Nicol(Antarctic krill)
Uwe Kils(Antarctic krill)

McMurdo Dry Valleys
Long-Term Ecological Research (diatoms)
United States Geological Survey (Antarctic sea ice cycle)
John Church et al. (sea levels rising graph)

Hormosira banksii
Martina Doblin(Neptune's necklace)
Climate Change Cluster (C3)
University of Technology, Sydney

Nicholas Kiraly(air sacs in lungs)


Kim Holten (connecting spiral)
Rena Czaplinska(unravelling spiral)


Helen Clarke-Lapin
Belinda Cussens
Rena Czaplinska(inward spiral)
Mike Green
Ashley Macqueen(shadow dance)
Mircella Havier(water energy)
Catherine Magill(human hands create)
Caterina Mocciola(Oceanic response)
Lisa Roberts(cold bottom water circulation)

Executive Production:
Ken Wilson