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Gene A Felice II: Oceanic Scales

Through a series of multi-sensory, interactive games that are inspired by the micro-organisms of the sea, visitors will explore their role in maintaining a balanced ocean ecology.

 

Oceanic Scales is a place to learn and to be inspired.

It is a lens focused on phytoplankton, the first link in the oceanic food chain.       

This project explores biomimicry as a tool.

It breathes and glows with a pulse.

It is a barometer of local ocean health.

It explores the tipping point between humanities desires and the oceans needs.

It allures with the promise of new understanding and balance.

 

Through a series of multi-sensory, interactive games that are inspired by the micro-organisms of the sea, visitors will explore their role in maintaining a balanced ocean ecology.  Light, sound, and touch will inspire new ways of thinking about ocean health.

 

This structure itself is ecologically minded, with local bamboo and pine resin, a living roof of native plant species and solar power.

 

An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students from Digital Arts & New Media, Marine Biology, Computer Science and Engineering at UCSC are coming together to make this idea possible.  We have received our first seed grant to begin the project development and are currently seeking further funding to see the project through to completion. 

 

We are also actively seeking team members that would like to participate in the creation of this project.  If you are an undergraduate, graduate student, artist or designer and would like to work on the project over spring or summer quarters, please email Gene Felice (gfelice@ucsc.edu) and let us know a little about yourself.  We need aluminum and wood fabricators, programmers, game developers, electrical and structural engineers as well as people interested in robotics or solar power systems. 

You can read more about the project here: 
http://genefelice.com/art/2013/02/22/oceanic-scales/

Year: 
2013