Artists and scientists both have the ability to offer a deeper understanding of our Ocean. They are important storytellers that help people to see the ocean in new perspectives. Applying these talents to ocean science and conservation 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 and interdisciplinary reach. Our science cruises offer a range of unique technology-based ocean research that lends to artistic exploration.
Tahitian Hydrothermal Vents – Out of this World Landscape – February 17, 2016 – March 2, 2016
In February, a team of scientists will sail out of Tahiti to study the underexplored submarine vents off the Society Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Using multibeam echosounders for mapping the bottom of the ocean, taking water samples from deep below the surface, and operating an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) near hydrothermal vents, scientists will be able to create detailed maps of uncharted seafloor and gas-rich plumes, as well as investigate novel forms of chemically-fueled seafloor habitat and chemosynthetic ecosystems. The artist will learn about these poorly-understood deep-sea ecosystems, the process of exploration, and illustrate these “other-worldly” systems.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 10, 2016
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