Empathy and curiosity are essential in imagining the lives of others, be they humans or other species. Our lives are dependent on marine life, and yet we often forget that it even exists. How do we bring empathy and curiosity to the unseen, or rarely seen, life of the Ocean?
To make these artworks, we began by collecting raw video footage from Antarctica, the North Atlantic, and microscopic captures of Narragansett Bay plankton. This material is then interwoven into fictional memories made of photographic fragments, frequently mixed with hand-drawings, and transformed with dramatic changes in color and texture. The resulting digital compositions invite personal exploration of the marine life that is vital to the health of our planet. This series is a collaboration between digital artist Cynthia Beth Rubin and oceanographers in the Menden-Deuer Lab at the University of Rhode Island. To view original sources using Augmented Reality, visit the project website.