Participating are artists, architects, scientists and technologists living in coastal regions of Norway, the UK and Europe. They include Hillevi Munthe, Elisabeth Weihe, Jana Winderen, Etienne Gernez, artist groups Open Source Swan Pedalo, Owl Project, POINT FIVE and Juha van ‘t Zelfde working alongside Liverpool’s National Oceanographic Centre (NOC).
Each has a passion for the water and a drive to uncover ‘hidden’ and ‘forgotten’ spaces of the marine environment. Together, they are producing new, exciting and eclectic work for the public to engage and play with - an open response to the marine sciences.There is a tide in the affairs of men,
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.
- Shakespeare (1599)
The mission: A group of artists will travel between Oslo and Liverpool on a small fleet of boats, while others will work in parallel from strategic coastal land-based and possibly floating stations close to the shore. For the duration of the journey the artists will engage in marine/maritime research activities to develop prototype works and prototype-ideas on different aspects of the marine environment. The journeying artists will stop at ports on the way to share their work with an audience. The parallel group will have a public presence on – or close to the shore.
The marine environment accounts for the majority of the Earth’s surface, yet it is largely a mystery to humans. Most of their existence is spent on land, and the marine environment is hardly mentioned in mainstream culture on a daily basis. Similarly, the considerable body of scientific research and data concerning this vast area, much of which is accessible to the public via the internet, can be difficult to comprehend for a layperson.
Those with a passion for the ocean seek to bridge the gap between humans and the sea. The group of artists who have expressed their interest in participating in the project adhere to this category. Through experimental processes and exchanges we seeks novel ways to build bridges between diverse art practices, marine research and technologies, the sea, the land – and a public.
The many possible routes from Oslo to Liverpool span seas, fjords, fish farms, natural marine reserves, waterways and canal networks, urban and rural areas, industrial sites and wastelands. They provide a potent landscape for the journey, with many ports and havens for stops on the way.
We believe this project will mine a rich area of emerging and rapidly growing research; as economic prospecting in biological and geological fields continues exponentially. The marine space is the key yet forgotten site for how the global economy operates.