WE WANT TO CHANGE THE WORLD AND THIS IS HOW WE ARE DOING IT
by catching a wave
We are a group of multi and transdisciplinary researchers from universities based in the USA, UK and Ireland, combining expertise in environmental and social sciences ranging from marine biology, climate change adaptation, coastal management, science communication, geography, sociology, human well-being, fine arts, visual arts, mixed media, graphic design, film, poetry, and sculpture.
EXPRESSING A VISION
There is an ever-evolving need for new ideas about sustainable development in a world of constantly shifting biophysical and social realities. This is especially pertinent in coastal land and seascapes: spaces where a myriad of societal activities and productive and dynamic natural systems co-exist. Catching a Wave aims to engage both artists and scientists to generate collaborative pathways for sustainability action. Designed to move the conversation beyond a ‘service mentality’ of separate product delivery into the development of transdisciplinary collaborations, this integrated, interactive, and immersive project, Catching a Wave, will demonstrate the power and synergies between art and science, and further the evolution of a model for collaboration by identifying challenges to integration.
PUTTING IT INTO CONTEXT
Knowledge is critical to confront and resolve contradictions that reproduce unsustainable practices at the coast and to spark global societal change towards sustainability. People process and communicate that knowledge in different ways therefore the mechanisms used to exchange knowledge must be more responsive to these differences. Historically, there has been a strong connection between art and science, both of which share a common motivation and goal to understand and describe the world around us. This connection has been lost. There is an urgent need to rupture the engrained status quo of disciplinary divisions across academia and society to generate integrated, co-designed and co-produced, challenge-led collaborations allowing the visualisation and realisation of solutions and pathways to sustainability become more reachable.
MAKING IT POSSIBLE
Catching a Wave installations are flexible and can be reimaged depending on space and audience. Each wave “subject” is captured in great detail through being photographed from multiple angles, capturing as many of surfaces as possible. GPS devices installed in cameras increase the accuracy and can be used to geo-rectify the model for use in geographic information systems. Software is used to reconstruct the location of the photographs and to match the common points in each picture. The resulting digital output is then printed to create 3D models which are then used as patterns for the glass moulds. Images and text relating to ocean health are embedding into the glass waves fusing them so that they fold into the wave but are still readable through the polished sides of the wave.
KNOWLEDGE FOR SOCIETAL CHANGE
BRINGING IT TOGETHER
Driven by the conceptual, aesthetic and technical potential of creating a wave which would function as a physical artefact of a frozen moment in time, Catching a Wave juxtaposes the beauty of a glass wave with installation in a man-made environment to create a sense of reinvention and reconnection. The work will highlight geophysical, ecological, philosophical, cultural, and emotional connections via lighting, sound, as well as text and imagery embedded in the glass waves.
Next up: Catching a Wave in Ireland & the USA
The next iterations of Catching A Wave will take place this September and October on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. At the Planet Ocean conference in September in Dublin a small selection of Catching A Wave will be presented during a roundtable discussion on Living and working in and with Marine and Coastal Environments. Find out more about Planet Ocean.
At the same time running from 20 September to 11 October a Catching A Wave installation is part of the 10 Wisconsin Sculptors: Not Just a Boy’s Club exhibit at Union Gallery, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Also In October a larger interactive installation with newly created waves and integrated sounds and light will be exhibited at the Plymouth Art Centre in Wisconsin, USA. This exhibit will run from the 11th of October and is part of a larger exhibition of installations in glass, steel and paper. Read more about this exhibit here.