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17-27 September 2020

Whisper Drifter Trickster – Podcast

  • Climate Change
  • Podcast
Thu 17 September, 8:00am 40 minutes

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Architect Luis Hernan, evolutionary biologist Katja Peijnenburg and designer Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa discuss their collaboration on an installation exploring climate change and the effects of ocean acidification on marine organisms.

The project

This haunting, ethereal installation uses light to try to translate what might be signals sent to us by nature.

The work reproduces the daily cycles of the vertical migration of planktonic snails. These organisms have transparent shells that dissolve with oceanic acidification, which is happening because carbon dioxide from the atmosphere dissolves into the ocean.

Whisper Drifter Trickster reminds us that what happens in the deep ocean is inextricably linked to our daily lives. It asks us to imagine these strange organisms as oracles trying to tell us something urgent in a language we don’t quite understand.

The project brings together Dr Luis Hernan, lecturer in digital architecture at Sheffield, Dr Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa (Royal College of Art) and Dr Katja Peijnenburg, an oceanographer from the Naturalis biodiversity center in the Netherlands.

The exhibition is situated in Futurecade, available to view both online and in person at the Millennium Gallery.