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Art and Exhibitions

Pale Blue Dot: Oceans Art

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Date & Time
Saturday 4 – Sunday 19 April
24 hours
Age Restriction
All Ages

Art and Exhibitions | All Ages

Pale Blue Dot: Oceans Art

About the event

Our oceans inspire us and we have curated the pieces below to show how the seas and oceans can inspire artists. 

Clams, 2019 

Artist: Marco Barotti  

Materials: Recycled plastics and electronics 

Image: Marco Barotti 

In nature, clams are detectors of pollutants; they serve as tiny filtration systems. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, this kinetic sound installation is triggered by water quality. Real data is recorded by a sensor placed in water and converted into an audio signal. The audio signal generates a live evolving soundscape which initiates the opening and closing movements of the Clams sculptures. Sound and motion unite to create an experience that allows you to see and hear the water quality. The Clams sculptures are made from recycled industrial plastic waste. The artwork intends to raise awareness about water and plastic pollution. 

Developed at WRO Art Center within the framework of EMAP / EMARE 

Co-funded by: Creative Europe, C-Takt, Oerol Festival and Transnatural 

Supported by: Dayton Audio, “In-Situ” water quality measurements 

Many thanks to: Anna Anderegg for conceptual advice and Pim Boreel for Hydro4Live development 

Oceanocular, 2017 

Artist: Hannah Imlach 

Materials: Birch plywood, solar film, backlit photographic prints and magnets 

Images: Hannah Imlach 

Taking inspiration from the beam of light emitted by remotely operated vehicles used to explore the seabed, Oceanocular’s conical form provides an immersive glimpse into the intricate habitat of corals, anemones, sponges, crabs, fish and other life found up to 1,200m below the surface of the ocean. The terrain and ecology of these unique environments are only just beginning to be mapped and understood. 

Created by visual artist Hannah Imlach during a year-long residency with the Changing Oceans Group (University of Edinburgh), who study Scotland’s deep-sea cold-water coral reefs. 

Contained Ecosystems of the Prospective Anthropocene, 2020 

Artist: Matthew Rimmer 

Materials: Plants, wood, rock, water, PVC, steel and foam 

Images: Matthew Rimmer 

In a future scarce of natural life, how will we interact with nature? 

These self-sustaining ecosystems, surrounded by plastic are speculative of the desire to connect with life in the future, providing preservations of environments long forgotten. Artist Matthew Rimmer explores our roles in the upcoming state of the ecosphere. 

This sculptural installation uses live aquatic plants which inhabit and grow inside plastic PVC bags, sustained by an LED background that mimics the effects of sunlight. The lifecycle of each ecosystem is individual and unpredictable, a series of unique relationships between organisms and the water they survive in.

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