Currently 14 has set sail!
It comprises of three interlocking events in June – August 2014,  emerging from Currently 2013.

The Vanishing, Elisabeth Weihe
Greenwash, Amanda Steggell
SmartBuoy Workshop, Ross Dalziel/Adrian McEwen

The Vanishing
25 June until sometime around the end of July/beginning of August, 2014
Sailing from Oslo to South England

Photo c/o Magnus Buuer (r) with Magnus Kultorp (c) and Elisabeth Wheie (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 coastal culture from a long terms perspective. 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.
Follow Elisabeth’s journey via her Story Map

Coastal Culture Festival, Bjørvika, Oslo NO
17-20 July, 2014

Borg Havn 11
photo c/o The Whale Gang 2003

Greenwash looks at the quality of seawater of ports, havens and beaches by experimenting with soap made from ingredients such as seawater, seaweed and oil from a sperm whale stranded in Fredrikstad, Norway, 2003. During four days at Bjørvika there will be activities for big and small. Experience how people made soap in the old days. Listen to a talk about Handcraft – an intangible coastal cultural heritage. Sniff soap made from sperm whale oil, and more. Children are especially invited to take part in a workshop for testing the quality of the water at Bjørvika.

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


Ross Dalziel, computer scientist Adrian McEwen from DoESLiverpool and artist and sailor Elisabeth Weihe will be running 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 will be talking to people about their research journey between Oslo and Liverpool and showing them seaweed soap.

Ross Dalziel will be using kits developed (and available for anyone from the Shimping website) with, 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

Photo from Currently 13 Hackspace, Liverpool