Art/Science under the Oceans- call for examples of art science projects


In our current ‘snapshot’ update of the SEAD study (

Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation: ) one of the areas that we noted was the growth of the number of marine biology stations hosting artists in residence= one artist who just completed a

residency at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, is Peter Matthews – for a discussion of his work see

“Some artists are content to paint the ocean. Peter Matthews paints on the ocean floor. While free diving.Because he likes the immersion. Matthews, 37, is like a mystical waterman whose exhibitions combine mind-boggling oceanography with Native American mythology, plus a splash of quirky inventiveness. His work, at, has been featured all over the world, but recently he was at the Laguna Art Museum and UC San Diego. He lives in England but just finished as the artist in residence at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in San Diego, which he called a “life-changing experience.”

In November 2015 the UN adopted its key 17 development goals, with the oceans as one of the key areas:

Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources

The oceans are often last on the list as we worry about sustainable development and climate change. The growth of art-science residencies in marine biology stations is one important development in the cultural appropriation of the issues.

The Terra Mar Project is one important non-profit promoting the issues surround oceans as a critical natural ressource and interlinked component of the planetary system.

The Leonardo Lovely weather project  featured the work of the artists group Softday whose work addressed the growing number of ‘dead zones’ spreading in the ocean floor:

I would be interested in knowing of other examples of art-science projects involved with the oceans

We will be discussing and presenting the SEAD snapshot update at a working group meeting at the US National Academy of Science on Feb 2

SEAD gathering at National Academies
A SEAD Working Group meeting will be held at the National Academies in Washington DC. on February 2, 2016.
Participants will review and share emerging trends and issues since the NSF/NEA/NEH/Smithsonian hosted
workshops that led to the Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD) report, published this year as
“Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation”
(MIT Press, 2015).

If you are interested in submitting your own hot topic for the snapshot update ( in 500 words or less) we welcome your inputs. For further info see:

Roger Malina

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