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Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory, Panacea, Florida - 21st December 2015 - 3rd February 2016


During 2015 I was invited by Theoretical biologist Dr. Richard Gordon to visit The Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory (GSML). This followed five years correspondance over a mutual long term interest in diatoms (microorganisms found in all water bodies globally). GSML President Jack Rudloe offered a warm welcome. In his own right he is a well recognised naturalist and evironmental activist and author of numerous books on the subject.

The residency led to numerous outcomes that covered interventions, site specific and experimental works, collaborations, recommendations for aesthetic improvements for GSML environs and concepts for future art and science residencies. A number of installtations were created in the two final weeks of the residency, titled PRECIOUS using found objects and materials from around the GSML environs, primarily old and broken equipment, restoring them and displaying them, elevated as objects for viewing, the usually hidden parts of the infrastructure of the aquariums and tanks that support the rescued creatures, including turtles from the specific rescue effort that was being organised at the time of my stay along with collections of specimens.

Dr Richard Gordon and his wife Embryogeneticist Natalie Gordon describe themselves as 'itinerant scientists', up until recently solely living in a mobile home and travelling by road from their base in Canada through North America to Panacea stopping off to give lectures and attend confereces on their way to GSML. I too am interant - an artist, I travel frequently, invited to create artworks at various locations in the UK and overseas and of late in external locations. The notion of transient convergence has become pertinent in the matter of travels, meetings and my artistic practice.

Gulf Spcimen and Marine Laboratory, Panacea, Florida USA

Embryogenesis Explained

Richard Gordon (Theoretical Biologist) Wikipedia

The Bacillaria Paradoxa Project

January 2016 - Ongoing

An artistic approach to an environmental mystery.

Otyatatemushi's video of Bacillaria Paradoxa micro-organisms display the elegance and beauty of movement of some diatoms. Currently 'diatom motility' is being investigated, how do they move? Interestingly and mysteriously, scientists having undertaken intense observations of Bacillaria Paradoxa diatomea and generated many theories, still cannot fully explain how the diatoms create movement.

The residency at GSML provided an opportunity to investigate this phenomenon with Dr Richard Gordon who is passionate about the research of diatoms and the Bacillaria Paradoxa in particular.

'The unique gliding motion of the cells in the colonial diatom Bacillaria "paradoxa" against one another has intrigued microscopists since 1783. Both the mechanism of movement and of entrainment, which results in partial synchrony, are unsolved.'

From Absract : Partial synchronization of the colonial diatom Bacillaria "paradoxa"
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Bacillaria Paradox

'Petrified Bacillaria' The Rogan Postualtion - popsicle sticks on a tiled floor

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Theoretical Biologist Dick Gordon rearranges Rogan's Postulation

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Abandoned Dwellings on the 'Forgotten Coast' Florida US

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