Artists at sea: Integrating art and science aboard R/V Falkor

Carlie Wiener

Communications Manager, Schmidt Ocean Institute

Artist-at-Sea participant Rebecca Rutstein in R/V Falkor’s wet lab with some of her pieces translating satellite and multibeam mapping of newly found underwater seamounts. Photo credit: SOI/Chris Linder.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Pacific Forum—11:00 a.m.

Artists, like scientists, are important storytellers that help people to see in new ways. Applying these talents to ocean science can create a new space for dialogue and understanding. Schmidt Ocean Institute is uniquely positioned to provide collaborations between artists and some of the world’s leading marine scientists, using the Institute’s research vessel Falkor as a platform of connection. With this in mind, Schmidt Ocean Institute created the Artist-at-Sea program providing berths of opportunity for artists to participate in science expeditions. Our goal is to make people rethink the way marine science is shared and break down the complexities of ocean research. Artists work side-by-side with the scientists and Falkor crew, immersing themselves in the research. Eight participants spanning a variety of art forms including photography, music, fiber arts, painting, and graphic arts have sailed on Falkor. We believe that this cross-pollination has helped to transform both the scientists’ and artists’ work. This presentation will share the result of these collaborations including a temporary display of the traveling Artist-at-Sea exhibit.

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Next: May 17, Andrew Klesh


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