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Foundation Day II: Exploring Practices of Art and Science in Underwater Domain Awareness

Updated: May 30, 2023

O’s second Foundation Day, on 31 March 2023 saw artist Gigi Scaria and Dr. (Cdr) Arnab Das coming together for the first time to explore opportunities outside the conventional structures and perception of knowledge, to foster a deeper connection with our planet.

This is an effort to contemplate and acknowledge the contributions of art and science to humanity while exploring opportunities to share Gigi and Arnab's respective domain knowledge with each other to be able to practice the integration of art and science for better and more meaningful outcomes in sustainability. The differences in their respective backgrounds — Art and Science — would seem stark and glaring to a community that has been conditioned to view these disciplines as unconnected. It is one of O's undertakings to bridge these gaps in knowledge and practice.

Artist Gigi’s work gives expression to deep-time thinking, generational amnesia and temporal exhaustion. According to geologist Marcia Bjornerud Timefulness reveals how knowing the rhythms of Earth’s deep past and conceiving of time as a geologist does can give us the perspective we need for a more sustainable future. Gigi’s work recognises that Timefulness is key to our existence and like Bjornerud's work is cruical, Gigi's work is powerfully evocative and vital in the Anthropocene.

Arnab — founder and director of Maritime Research Center (MRC), who is also a researcher, maritime strategist, technocrat and entrepreneur — is rather keen to explore the opportunity to converge and to create the much-anticipated installation with Gigi. Arnab focuses on underwater acoustics. What is the ocean soundscape like? For many of us the question could even be as simple and basic as, does sound have anything to do with the underwater realm?



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