Olivia Block

Olivia Block

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In Progress: dual installation project at C.E.A.M.& GTM Research Reserve

I am wrapping up a week long research residency curated by Julie Dickover at The Crisp Ellert Art Museum at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FLA. The culmination will be a sound and visual installation project opening at two separate sites in early spring.

The project is a partnership between C.E.A.M. and Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve  scientists and staff. I have been overwhelmed and grateful for the support of folks at GTM, including Research Director and marine biologist Nicole Dix, Administrator and biologist Michael Shirley, Ph.D., Education Director Kenneth Rainer, Park Ranger Gina Spear, and Coastal Training Specialist Kaitlyn Dietz.

The final installation will be presented in two different forms:

One part of the installation, including a multi-speaker sound piece, will open at the newly renovated/updated GTM Environmental Education Center in late February, 2018 (date TBA).

The second part, including sound and objects, will open at C.E.A.M.on March 2nd, 2018.

The installation will include recorded materials from the oyster reef and marshes at GTM Research Reserve and related visual materials. I am interested in the conservation research work by GTM. Additionally I am interested in the presentation of science education to the public--dioramas, interactive features, living specimen presentation, narrative, and artistic design. This piece will present raw materials-field recordings, scientific data, photos from on site, in two different contexts-museum space and science pedagogy space.

Here are some photos of an October 25, 2017 recording session at the oyster reef outside the education center, led by Nicole Dix and assisted and photographed by Amelia Weber.

Recording with marine biologist/Director of Research, Nicole Dix, at the oyster reef at low tide. October 25, 2017. Photographed by Amelia Weber.

Recording with marine biologist/Director of Research, Nicole Dix, at the oyster reef at low tide. October 25, 2017. Photographed by Amelia Weber.

The oyster reef. Photographed by Amelia Weber.

The oyster reef. Photographed by Amelia Weber.

 

Special thanks to my research assistant-students at Flagler: Alexis, Amelia, Cate, Emily, and Mason.