Currently 14 comprises of three interlocking events in June – August 2014,  emerging from Currently 2013.

The Vanishing, Elisabeth Weihe
Greenwash, Amanda Steggell
ShrimpCraft!, Ross Dalziel/Adrian McEwen

The Vanishing
25 June – 12 August, 2014
Sailing from Oslo to South England

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Photo c/o Magnus Buuer (r) with Magnus Kultorp (c) and Elisabeth Weihe (l)

On June 25, 2014 Elisabeth Weihe (artist/captain) set sail on a field trip from Oslo towards Dover on her boat Tiksi, reporting back on her journey as she monitors structures of the sea along the way. Her aim is to gather photos, stories and seawater for her project The Vanishing where she hopes to create impressions that evoke the temporality of maritime culture from a long term perspective of the ocean. Her idea is to collect seawater and photographs from sites spotted from her boat. Returning to Oslo she will gradually paint layers of seawater on the photographs. Over the space of a year the salt will crystallize and take over the image – creating a solid structural layer of something once fluid. Amanda followed her journey remotely, from her boat in Oslo and published it on the internet as a story map.
See Elisabeth’s journey via the Story Map
Here are some photos she is currently working on (pdf) The_Vanishing_2014

Greenwash
Maritime Festival, Bjørvika, Oslo NO
17-20 July, 2014

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photo c/o The Whale Gang 2003

Would you wash yourself with dirty soap?

Greenwash looks at the quality of seawater of ports, havens and beaches by experimenting with soap intended to be used at sea, made in-situ from my boat during the summer 2014. They were made from ingredients such as seawater, seaweed and oil from a deceased sperm whale washed in Fredrikstad, Norway, 2003.  The water from each location was analysed, and each soap graded according to its cleanliness. Sea-faring folk were interviewed on what qualities a sea soap should have, such as aroma and colour, and contributed to the final soap recipes.

Throughout four days at Bjørvika there were activities for large and small, including;

  • Daily workshops on how people made soap in the old days.
  • Handcraft – an intangible coastal cultural heritage - a pop-up talk by Hans-Jørgen Wallin Weihe.
  • Sniffing purified sperm whale wax.
  • Washing hands with soap samples from the Greenwash collection.
  • Testing the ph value of soaps in the making.
  • Take soaps home with you – and more.

Thanks to Seppo Steggell and Alette for their assistance.

ShrimpCraft!: SmartBuoy Workshop: DIY Tools for the water curious
National Museums Liverpool Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool UK
30th August, 2014 12pm – 4pm FREE

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Ross Dalziel, computer scientist Adrian McEwen from DoESLiverpool and artist and sailor Elisabeth Weihe will ran a ShrimpCraft workshop with National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Maritime Museum on the Albert Dock in Liverpool on Saturday 30th August 2014 as part of their Dock watch programme.

It’s a drop-in workshop for families of all ages and a chance to build your own water sensing computer and visualise data like temperature and turbidity using flashing LEDs but you can also visualise its data in processing and even draw bar graphs on a minecraft server through Ross’ Minecraft of Things project

This drop-in workshop features learning and building an Arduino compatible ‘shrimp’ on a breadboard with water quality sensors. You can then make floating buoys from waste plastic and test them on the dockside. The ShrimpCraft computers will then become a resource for future workshops in the museum and schools in the North West. It’s also a chance to learn Morse code, make and take home LED morse ‘throwies’

Elisabeth and her co-sailor Magnus talk to people about their research journey between Oslo and Liverpool and showing them some soaps from the Greenwash collection.

Ross Dalziel used kits developed (and available for anyone from the Shimping website) with Shrimping.it, Octopus Collective and North Walney Primary School with support from Natural England

You can read the blog post about developing the kits we will be using here

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Photo from Currently 13 Hackspace, Liverpool