DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) @ Natl Academy of Sciences -- Art/Science Collaborations and Ocean Research:
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Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences
Art/Science Collaborations and Ocean Research
In celebration of our exhibition Blue Dreams by Rebecca Rutstein and the Ocean Memory Project, join us for a conversation about art/science collaborations and ocean research. This event features talks by oceanographer and NAS member Jody Deming, marine ecologist Mandy Joye, artist Rebecca Rutstein, and science strategist Tom Skalak. The program will include audience community share, short presentations by each panelist, an audience discussion, and time to view the exhibition.
The exhibition Blue Dreams: Rebecca Rutstein and the Ocean Memory Project is on view through September 15, 2023.
Panel (seated left to right):
* Jody Deming (virtual)
* Mandy Joye
* Rebecca Rutstein
* Tom Skalak
* J.D. Talasek (moderator)
About Blue Dreams
Blue Dreams is an immersive video installation inspired by the intricate workings of microbial networks in the deep sea and beyond. From abstract imagery to stunning undersea video footage and computer modeling, it offers a glimpse into the interconnections and resilience of our planet’s smallest yet most vital living systems. Blue Dreams flows between micro and macro worlds to portray geologic processes at play with microbial and planetary webs of interactivity. Microbes are essential to the functioning of the Earth: they produce the air we breathe, regulate biogeochemical cycles, and are the origins of life on our planet.
Created by multidisciplinary artist Rebecca Rutstein in collaboration with a team of scientists, this installation is a testament to the profound impact that microbial networks have on a global scale. Supported by the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Blue Dreams offers a unique and thought-provoking perspective on the interconnectedness of the natural world.
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DASER1_230907_001.JPG: Photosphere (fisheye) image from the Google Pixel 7 Pro
DASER1_230907_020.JPG: (left to right) Mandy Joye, Rebecca Rutstein, Tom Skalak, J.D. Talasek (moderator)
DASER1_230907_025.JPG: J.D. Talasek
DASER1_230907_029.JPG: Tom Skalak
DASER1_230907_042.JPG: Rebecca Rutstein
DASER1_230907_045.JPG: Mandy Joye
DASER1_230907_052.JPG: Jody Deming (virtual)
DASER1_230907_354.JPG: Doug Aitken, SONG 1, 2012
DASER1_230907_412.JPG: OCEAN MEMORY
DASER1_230907_417.JPG: When I think of...
... I think of the way DNA and gene expression patterns are a record of the Ocean's past.
-- Rob Knight
DASER1_230907_421.JPG: When I think of...
... I wonder what its volumes and forms can tell us.
-- Chris Lee
DASER1_230907_427.JPG: When I think of...
... I wonder how it holds its trauma?
-- Melody Jue
DASER1_230907_434.JPG: When I think of...
... I think about microorganisms as a network of memory agents.
-- Rebecca Rutstein
DASER2_230907_049.JPG: Jean Parvin Bordewich, Fergus Bordewich
DASER2_230907_092.JPG: Todd Wiggins
DASER2_230907_138.JPG: Ronn Levine (left)
DASER2_230907_491.JPG: (left to right) Tom Skalak, Mandy Joye, Rebecca Rutstein, J.D. Talasek
DASER2_230907_536.JPG: Folks going up to see the exhibit
DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous
Thursday, September 7, 2023
Art/Science Collaborations and Oceanography
6:00-6:30 Check in, take seats in Fred Kavli Auditorium
6:30-6:40 Welcoming remarks and introductions by JD Talasek, director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS), Washington, D.C.
* Rebecca Rutstein, Co-creator of Blue Dreams, multidisciplinary artist, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
* Mandy Joye, Co-creator of Blue Dreams, Regents' Professor, the Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, and a Professor in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia, Athens
* Tom Skalak, Co-creator of Blue Dreams, science strategist, biomedical engineer, writer, and artist
* Jody Deming, Co-PI of The Ocean Memory Project; Karl M. Banse Professor, School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle
7:25-8:10 Discussion and Audience Q & A
8:10-8:30 Community share. Anyone in the audience working at the intersection of art and science will have 30 seconds to share their work. Please present your work as a teaser so that those who are interested can seek you out during the reception.
8:30-9:15 Reception in the Great Hall and Upstairs Gallery with time to see Blue Dreams
@CPNAS | #DASER | #LASERTalks
DC Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) is organized to explore several key questions:
What are the relationships among art, science, technology, and culture? How do these disciplines relate to one another to foster creativity, innovation, and discovery? What are the tangible results of these interactions?
Jody W. Deming is an oceanographer whose research focuses on the bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms in subzero saltwater within polar sea ice. She also studies ancient marine sediments buried deep in permafrost. Her research interests include studies of cold-adapted microbes and their relation to astrobiology, biotechnology, and bioremediation. Deming and her laboratory have found that robust microbial ecosystems thrive under surprisingly extreme conditions due to numerous unique adaptations. She is known for her extensive fieldwork, which includes more than 50 nautical research expeditions to the Arctic Ocean. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and co-PI of the Ocean Memory Project.
Samantha "Mandy" Joye is an oceanographer, educator, and vocal ocean and environmental advocate. She is a co-creator of Blue Dreams. Joye is an expert in microbiology and biogeochemistry and works in extreme deep-ocean environments, as well as in blue- water environments. Her work bridges the fields of analytical chemistry, microbiology, and geology. Many of her projects focus on inhospitable environments, including seafloor cold seeps and hydrothermal vents, Antarctic ice-covered lakes, and pelagic hypoxic zones where she and her colleagues seek to understand how microbial processes shape biogeochemical cycling. After her first submersible dive to a Gulf of Mexico cold seep in 1994, Joye was hooked on deep-ocean exploration; she has been studying the microbiology and biogeochemistry of natural seepage of oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, the Gulf of California, and other fascinating deep-sea sites, ever since.
DASER2_230907_651.JPG: Rebecca Rutstein is the artist behind Blue Dreams, which you will have an opportunity to see this evening. For over 20 years, she has created paintings, sculptures, interactive installations, and public art inspired by the natural world. Rutstein has been an artist in residence on seven expeditions at sea and two dives to the ocean floor in the Alvin submersible, with a third dive planned for the spring of 2024. Her collaborations with oceanographers, ecologists, microbiologists, molecular scientists, and geologists give her a unique perspective and broad view of the interconnectedness of systems in the natural world. Through visual and immersive experiences, her work sheds light on the places and processes that are often hidden from view, to foster a deeper connection with nature, and inspire wonder, empathy, and stewardship in the face of our climate crisis.
Tom Skalak is a science strategist, biomedical engineer, writer, and artist. He is a co-creator of Blue Dreams. Skalak was the founding Executive Director of the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group with the Microsoft co-founder, is Vice President for Research Emeritus at the University of Virginia, and currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Founders at the Joe and Clara Tsai Foundation. His sculptural work "Watch." is on permanent exhibit at the private Djerassi Ranch in Woodside, California. He has logged over 10,000 hours in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans over four decades.
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