The Menu

I will be heading the ITP table (in conjunction with SustainableITP) this coming Earth Day April 22nd. I am looking forward to presenting my project along with other projects from our class and ITP in general.

This menu will be filled with information about OA, along with a place to sit and laser cut sign for my restaurant, No Lobster. Happy to be getting some feedback on my final project before I present to our class.


Bridging the gap

interiorI am figuring out the way to bridge the gap between an awareness campaign, an art project, and my story of becoming cognisant of an issue.

I want to make something that is provocative and compelling. This is hard, this feels challenging, but I know that the best work comes when it don’t come easy. Real issues and facts and statistics and laboratories and scientists and years of testing and retesting and subject samples, deep earth drilling. this is ALL VERY INTERESTING, but where does it all go?

I am getting closer with the fictional restaurant NO LOBSTER

Thought of a fake marketing campaign are at work, complete with a full menu serving up your favorite statistics and facts on OA.

I am getting closer. I can feel it.

Temporary Expert: The Proposal

Temporary Expert Blog Post March 28th, 2015:

I have been thinking about  the have and have nots, the structures that exist in a time where we should be aiming to smooth over the historical fissures. Last week I submitted a proposal to a summer arts festival with a focus on the intersection of human behaviour and nature. I focused on  Hurricane Sandy and how it amplified this existing socio-spatial inequality that exists in The Rockaways and demonstrated how harshly it affected its most vulnerable inhabitants. Large parts of the local infrastructure were destroyed and those who were most vulnerable (undocumented migrants, people of color, low-income residents and the elderly) had their basic needs taken away. It is such an apt representation of how natural disasters affect regions and populations of the world which are largely ignored, marginalized, and underrepresented.

To quote my submission:

“We have at our fingertips ease and comfort, which we use unabashedly. We have enhanced ourselves as beings who can control and contort the inherent miracle of the modern technological landscape in ways that make it increasingly manageable to handle with each passing day. What was once a game with staggered rules, with pacing ruled by intellectual property, we are entering a new stage of the technosphere which appears to be more leveled playing field. Networks create the ability to broadcast from the most remote locations, through any language, at any time, with ease. The spirit of our time is attempting to persuade us that we can have what we want, when we want it. We are being told to believe that doctors are on the other side of the screen and food will arrive shortly. We have altered the way we receive our basic and most vital human needs, yet as the technological groundwork has been built, ultimately the same compartmentalizing geography that discourages interaction and creates inequality between societal groups still exists.”

At a time when I am to be going racing towards my final projects, this was a timely moment to start thinking about how I want to present artwork that deals with issues of disparity in our modern technological landscape. Our topics seem to come revolve around class lines, citizenship, race, and of course geographic location – How do I properly confront these problems as an individual in the most beneficial way to the public? I want to help, and I want to be heard – if I can contribute to the volume of our collective voice, just how loud should I be? This line – the volume, the level. I think about it constantly.

Perhaps this will create the effect I want to achieve in creating awareness for OA, by immersing people in a world where they can FEEL its presence:

“Using the existing light box template I will create a three dimensional habitat in which the viewer can immerse and fuse with. Inside the dwelling they will be surrounded by opening and closing shutters, a full sphere soundscape, and pulsating lighting effects. Playing with and disrupting the viewer’s senses of sight and sound, the space will immerse the viewer in the hectic, placid, and disruptive states of a natural disaster, creating a feeling of isolation and a loss connectivity to the outside world.”




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Week 4: Project Proposal & Concept Maps


Using a pre existing script written for previous Pcomp and ICM final projects, as well as my entry in the 2015 Winter Show, I intend to build an information pavilion displaying the effects of Ocean Acidification. Using a colorful lo-fi infomercial styling, a long and over-stylized name, I intend for the video pavilion to be informative, vibrant, and approachable, and use ironic humor to grab the public’s attention. Using the medium of video I will bring the viewer through from our present day oceanic conditions to how we imagine them to be in 2100. Due to the fact that Ocean Acidification is a comparably newly studied phenomenon (1999 is an oft quoted year as being the beginning of its study) many experiments are done to predict the near future of our oceans’ health so that we can get an acute understanding of how far along the affects of carbonic acid have been. Such experiments include the incubation of organisms in seawater conditions formulated to how we predict they will be 85 years from now and the drilling and collecting of samples of sediment and coral deep beneath the ocean in heavily affected areas. I intend to use these experiments to give a realistic depiction of how our current living practices will change  life on earth from from modern day to the year 2100.


Topics to focus on:

  • species and food webs
  • volcanic natural experiments
  • Champaign sites
  • shellfish agriculture
  • shellfish economy
  • wild seafood economy
  • tribal harvesting



  • Reduce carbon dioxide emissions
  • Reduce nutrient runoff into ocean
  • Adapt and remediate ocean acidification
  • Invest in research and monitoring –
  • Inform the public of OA
  • Inform the public which species are most affected
  • Inform the public what habitats are most affected
  • Government at all levels must cooperate

Concept Maps:

Last week’s concept mapping exercise was not only very useful for helping my topic expand within my own mind’s eye, but as well gave me a nice perspective on the topic of a fellow temporary expert. If possible in class I hope to visit more concept maps and help expand the topics and open up new pathways of thinking together as a group. The concept map I looked over last week was Appropriate Tech and it completely opened up a great conversation between Christina and myself. For instance, she is very focused on the Panama coffee industry’s high volume use of water to sheer the cherry off of the coffee beans within. This causes many dangers to the ocean habitats surrounding these farms as the nutrient rich runoff enters the ocean and destroys the surrounding habitats. I will be looking further into this and I hope we can work together on a segment for my information pavilion.

Temporary Expert Week 3

Ocean Acidification Week 3:

I have started to look for information resources,both locally and around the country. There are many resources to look into with many with accredited professionals, scientists and analysts easily located through government websites or research journals. Newspaper articles, such as Our Deadened, Carbon Soaked Seas, written by Richard W. Spinrad, the Chief Scientist of the US National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, was instrumental in pointing me in the direction of professionals in the fields of oceanography and climate science.
My research led me to another enlightening interview on the NOAA FISHERIES website Making the Connection Between Climate Fisheries done with Jonathan Hare, Chief of Oceanography Branch, whose job description reads as follows:

“Oversees NEFSC CTD Program and EcoMon Program including the Ship of Opportunity Continuous Plankton Recorder survey and Research Vessel Plankton Monitoring surveys; research interests include fisheries oceanography; use of oceanographic information in single-species and ecosystem assessments; effects of climate change on fishery species; structure and function of the northeast U.S. continental shelf Large Marine Ecosystem, technology development to improve the monitoring of marine ecosystems; biological and physical processes that drive the dynamics of marine fishes, early life stage biology and ecology.”

If my goal over the next 3 months is to research and analyze data for the use and implementation in a experimental and enlightening public project, I want to get out there and into the water and into the mud. I am in touch with Mr. Hare and awaiting his email back. I am looking for any opportunity to visit the James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory and learn more about the work that is going on there. I am absolutely excited to begin work on the midterm and final project using art as a medium to enlighten people on Ocean Acidification.
My background is in Media art, specifically video and I hope to implement this medium in my final project.


List of Experts:

Jon Hare –  Chief of Oceanography Branch at NOAA

Simone Alin – Ph.D. Supervisory Oceanographer. Ph.D., Geosciences (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology minor), University of Arizona,

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad – Chief Scientist at NOAA

Ian Boyd – UK colleague of Jon Hare