The Artist at Sea exhibit is a showcase of painting, photography, music, and film inspired by science from Schmidt Ocean Institute’s research Vessel Falkor. Running from January 17 through February 3, 2017, at The ARTS at Marks Garage, this presentation includes work from internationally-recognized artists who have spent time aboard the research vessel as Artists in Residence, including Rebecca Rutstein, Michelle Schwengel-Regala, Leslie Reed, Baltazar Bell, and Ben Cosgrove.
Artists and scientists both have the ability to offer a deeper understanding of our Ocean: they are both important storytellers who help people to see in new ways. Applying these talents to ocean science and conservation creates 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 and interdisciplinary reach. The science cruises offer a range of unique technology-based ocean research that lends to artistic exploration. Artists use the time on the ship to cultivate their creativeness and respond to the research being performed, ultimately using art to bring science to a broad audience.
Like scientists, artists conceptualize and put together ideas in new ways. The goal of this cross-fertilization of disciplines through the Artist-at-Sea program will result in a broader awareness of the important research occurring on Falkor and a better understanding of the complex ocean issues facing society today. Schmidt Ocean Institute believes that by providing a platform where experts from different disciplines are brought together, the convergence of ideas will transform both the scientists’ and artists’ work.