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Ocean Optimism: Art Interpreting Science in San Diego

By April 21, 2020January 6th, 2021No Comments
© Jessica Ling Findley

Artist Jessica Ling Findley brings the issue of ocean pollution to the forefront of people’s mind through creative installations and activities that invite us to think about the future of our oceans in new ways

At the beginning of this year multimedia artist and teacher Jessica Ling Findley created a dynamic programme for an Ocean Optimism art event at Seaport Village, San Diego. Her interactive art experiences were inspired by oceanography and conservationism. They were produced with scientific data and input from Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Birch Aquarium.

The purpose of the event was to convey ocean pollution in a positive and creative way, by exploring “how stories of Ocean Optimism inspire us all to work together for a sustainable future.”

The event included a podcast series about climate change and oceans, capturing the perspectives of children and climate scientists. Retro portraits featuring sea creatures thriving in Marine Protected Areas were also part of the programme, as well as a sea creature costumed professional wrestling competition giving a voice to creatures and ecosystems threatened by climate change. The artist also presented a 12-foot tall inflatable Octopus Cyanea, of course not true to size!

© Jessica Ling Findley & Seaport Village