AN ATELIER EDENS PROJECT WITH ARTRAGE, PICA & CURTIN UNIVERSITY
Ocean Laboratory took place as part of Atelier Edens, a 3-year research project that investigated creating art in remote locations- Ocean, Wilderness, Desert. The project was directed by Willoh S.Weiland and Thea Baumann.
The premise of this project was inspired by the decline in the sexy and mercurial phenomenon of coral spawning, the complexity of sound underwater from synthesizer fish to magical whale calls and of course Daryl Hannah in Splash. We were captivated by the work of Symbiotica and repulsed by bioart. We were interested in art that could actually make science, rather than just represent it.
Aphids Artistic Director Willoh S.Weiland and Executive Producer Thea Baumann travelled to Perth in April to undertake a second creative development of CORAL WORK. This time filming and testing the potential for the creation of an underwater concert in the 62,000 litre tank at the Artrage complex in down town Perth. They used this time to work with the staff at the Department of Marine Technology, Curtin University who develop hardware and software solutions for underwater research and worked with PVI and CIA studios, who provided their expertise in the creation of cross-artform works.
Artists – Willoh S. Weiland, Thea Baumann, David Young, Margaret Cameron, Peter Humble, Eugene Ughetti
More information on the project and its research stages can be found through APHIDS online publication Post Impossible