NOISE AQUARIUM, 2017
The ecological crisis is a human crisis. Oceans must not be considered as flat blue surfaces, as dropping holes where we can let vanish all our anthropogenic remains. There are still amounts of organisms living down there though they suffer pain from our waste and noise. Many are aware of the large fish, the whales and dolphins and much of the discussion is about the chemical and waste pollution. But often ignored is the invisible and the inaudible (to us) and we enlarge the planktons to be like whales and amplify the noise as participants move closer to the animations. This is a highly interdisciplinary artist led effort with biologists, chemists, nano-toxicologists and an animator all working together towards a common goal – to raise consciousness.
Noise Aquarium spotlights animated 3D-models obtained with scientific imaging techniques of the extremely diverse plankton spectrum. With this project we aim to awaken awareness for biodiversity and introduce a collection of accurate 3D-models as a resource for scientific and artistic research. All participants first had to learn to go beyond their field of expertise and communicate with experts from other subjects.
Victoria Vesna, artist (Art Sci center, UCLA) in collaboration with Dr. Alfred Vendl and Martina Fröschl (PhD student) (scientific visualization, Academy of Applied Arts, Vienna)