January 28 – April 24, 2022, Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington, North Carolina USA
Visitors of all ages are invited to get to know algae, from the microscopic scales of phytoplankton – to the giant kelp of the Pacific Northwest. CONFLUENCE at the Cameron Art Museum showcases a variety of media formats, time & magnification scales, and creative approaches to being with algae as a multi-sensory art & science (media art & culture) experience. Including growing algal portraits in a Bio Art lab, VR worldmaking experiences, biodegradable 3D printed sculptures, immersive video & sound works, seaweed pressings, 19th century botanical illustrations, a floating island ecosystem, and more.
Participating Artists & Scientists include: ARTECO (Arte, Techologia y Compromiso Social group at Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Rachel Church, Anya Chytrowski, Madison Creech, Dr. Catharina Alves-de-Souza, Jose Carlos Espinel, Gene A. Felice II, Margaret Gatty, David Harris, Juniper Harrower, Fiona Hillary, Natasha Andrea Hinojosa, Simone Johnson, Steve Mandel, Jennifer Parker, Tiare Ribeaux, Ken Rinaldo, Klara Scharnagl, Dr. Alison R. Taylor, Nadjejda Espinel-Velasco, and Amy Youngs.
Special thanks to The Cameron Art Museum, the Department of Art & Art History, The Coaction Lab, the Algal Resources Collection and the Center for Marine Sciences at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, UCSC Arts Research Institute and OpenLab Collaborative Research Center at the University of California Santa Cruz, Chris Perryman, Justin MacKenzie and Gail Butler.