NOISE AQUARIUM - EXHIBITION
Hosted by: Centre for Contemporary Art LAŹNIA
Sept. 18 - Oct. 04 2020
Friday: 3:00 to 8:00 PM CET
Saturday/Sunday: Noon to 8:00 PM CET
NOISE AQUARIUM addresses the issue of pollution of the seas and oceans by anthropogenic noise. Creating the work, the artist Victoria Vesna used 3D-scans of plankton-forming microorganisms obtained with unique scientific imaging techniques to immerse the audience in the ‘aquarium’ of diverse micro creatures projected as large as whales. The project resulted from highly interdisciplinary artist led e fort with biologists, chemists, nano-toxicologists, sound artist and an animator. Together with the Scientific Visualization Lab at University of Applied Arts Vienna, NYU Steinhardt, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna and the Department of Integrative Zoology at the University of Vienna, she developed the Noise Aquarium towards a common goal – to raise consciousness about threats for ocean and sea biodiversity.
"Every fifth breath We take is oxygen produced by plankton" - Dr Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer
Plankton serve as one of the primary basis of the marine food chain and are as a result a crucial component of the Earth‘s ecosystem. Scientists believe that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere. Current literature and studies have demonstrated how different noise sources influence large marine life. However, little or almost nothing is known about the possible impact on marvellous microscopic organisms such as plankton and with the entanglement of micro- plastics, the ecological balance is further compromised.
Two online events are organised in the framework of the Noise Aquarium exhibition.
Noise Aquarium Meditation session with Victorią Vesną and Anna Nacher
24 September 2021, 5 pm (CET)
2 October 2020
NOISE AQUARIUM is part of the STUDIOTOPIA project supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.