Work > Salty > Sour Seas Project

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Salty > Sour Seas is a project using seawater from the Boston Harbor as the source for investigation and creation. Using the ICA Art Lab as both art studio and scientific laboratory, the project creates a space for experimentation, play, and creativity using Boston Harbor water and varying pH levels while addressing impacts of cumulative human actions affecting the ocean today. The aim of this project is to highlight carbon cycles including the affects of CO2 on ocean acidification and the micro worlds of Phytoplankton, both of which are mostly invisible.

The project includes phytoplankton popsicle tasting events within the Art Lab to create a community space for open exchange, reflection, and sharing of sour refreshments. The tasting events focus on sourness as the main taste and point of departure for conversations around ideas of souring seas, the future of the Boston Harbor and interconnected oceanic ecosystems. The sour phytoplankton popsicle tastings create a space to explore the unexpected sourness of taste, the unwanted souring of seas, and the microscopic organisms that produce about half the atmosphere’s oxygen.

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