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Do Plankton Have Feelings?

with Augmented Reality

Video of Installation at Artspace New Haven, December 14, 2019 – February 29, 2020

We do not know if plankton have feelings, but we know that without microscopic life in our oceans we cease to exist. This two part installation highlights new ways of communicating science and developing empathy through the aesthetic of contemporary expressionism and public participation, while serving as a live demonstration of the impact of small advances in electronic imaging.

Banners of lively, appealing plankton, created by digitally melding gesture drawing and scientific micro-photography, are set in counter-point to a mural of enhanced ocean waters. Through AR the viewer discovers the mural contains loose drawings of plankton, created through public workshops attended by scientists, artists, and a broad public.


The Earth, Our Home: Art, Technology and Critical Action 
ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community on line Exhibition, coordinated by Bonnie Mitchell and Jan Searleman, opening February 2022

New Haven, CT, December 2019 – February 2020

Reviews, Press:

The Invisible Made Visible
Brian Slattery, New Haven Independent, Feb 12, 2020

An Artist Under The Marine Microscope
Lucy Gellman, New Haven Arts Paper, January 14th, 2020

Artspace exhibits explore good & bad of tech-guided life
Judy Birke, New Haven Register, December 24, 2019

Review | Do Plankton Have Feelings?
Jacquelyn Gleisner, Connecticut Art Review, December 18, 2019

Review |Daily Nutmeg
Kathy Leonard Czepie, January 22, 2020

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