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danm tuesdays 4-6 :: oceanic scales :: gene felice ii

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 1:00am

DANM TUESDAYS 4-6 allow the DANM community to come together each week to listen, learn and share our work and play. During the spring quarter the series will include a rich line-up of student presentations, visiting artists, and a workshop. All meetings are held in DARC 206, unless otherwise indicated.

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 inspired by the micro-organisms of the sea, visitors will explore their role in maintaining a balanced ocean ecology to inspire change toward sustainable living practices by engaging the public to reflect on and perhaps better understand how we impact the environment at a local level.  Light, sound and touch will inspire new ways of thinking about ocean health.

The physical structure 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 arecurrently seeking further funding to see the project through to completion.

DANM student Gene Felice ii is an artist, educator, designer and instigator in search of creative community.   For the past five years he has lived and worked in the city of Asheville, North Carolina finding illumination within its mountains and forests.  Gene seeks to build bridges between artists, non-profits and local businesses, cultivating inventive collaboration.