Southern Ocean Studies
The Southern Ocean Studies will be presented as a projection on the cupola of the Çemberlitas Hamam, built by Mimar Sinan in 1584.
The event will be a joyful gathering moment for ISEA2011 Istanbul artists and presenters. It will be possible to enjoy the bath, discuss the artwork, sit on the characteristic terrace at the top of the building where you can eat and have a drink.
Lanfranco Aceti, ISEA2011 Istanbul Artistic Director and Conference Chair invites you Friday September 16, 2011 from 8pm to 10:30pm to participate in the official ISEA Gathering at the Çemberlitaş Hamam to discuss issues of contemporary ecology, melting of the poles and the importance of water in world culture while bathing in the surroundings of this historical building adorned with the artwork of Gavin Baily, Tom Corby and Jonathan Mackenzie.
The artwork you will see here shows the Southern Ocean circulating the Antarctic land mass (central). The project software runs in real-time generating the ocean currents on the fly, to which are mapped various other ecological data sets. These geophysical couplings mesh in real time, to produce flickering constellations of tidal flow, wind direction and biotic form.
Whilst respecting the underlying science, the work seeks to develop a sensibility to the dynamics of ecological complexity as pattern and felt experience rather than quantity and measure. In doing so we hope to articulate an aesthetic of system-ness – a metonym for the interconnected forces operative within the ecosphere to which lived human behavior contributes and is a part.
Bios of the Artists
Gavin is a producer, developer, and founder of TraceMedia. He has worked on arts, visualisation and research projects in various commercial and academic contexts. He studied Fine Art at Oxford University and Computer Science at University College London.
Tom is the deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Art and Media at the University of Westminster. His research explores how artists and designers can employ digital information as an expressive medium. He studied Fine Art at Middlesex University and has a PhD from Chelsea College of Art & Design.
Jonathan has worked for over twenty years on research projects that overlap art, science and computing. He is particularly interested in algorithms as creative tools, and in complexity science. He has a PhD from King's College London.