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Art, Science and Environment Residency 

Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory (GSML) Panacea, Florida

21st December 2015 - 3rd February 2016

In 2015, I had the privilege of being invited by Theoretical Biologist Dr. Richard Gordon for a brief residency at the Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratory (GSML). This invitation came after five years of correspondence rooted in our shared interest in diatoms, microscopic organisms found in water bodies worldwide. The President of GSML, Jack Rudloe, a renowned naturalist, environmental activist, and author, extended a warm welcome during my residency.

During my time at GSML, several significant outcomes emerged from our collaboration. These included interventions, site-specific experimental works, and recommendations for enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the GSML surroundings. Moreover, concepts for future art and science residencies were developed. In the final part of my stay, I created a series of installations titled "PRECIOUS." These installations partly inspired by microorganisms, utilised found objects and materials sourced from the GSML environment, particularly old and broken equipment. By restoring and elevating these objects, I aimed to highlight the hidden infrastructure supporting the aquariums and tanks, which play a crucial role in sustaining rescued marine creatures. Notably, efforts were underway to organize turtle rescues during my residency.

Dr. Richard Gordon and his wife, Embryogeneticist Natalie Gordon, refer to themselves as 'itinerant scientists.' They have led a nomadic lifestyle, residing in a mobile home and traveling from their base in Canada through North America to Panacea, making stops along the way to deliver lectures and attend conferences before reaching GSML. Similarly, I consider myself an itinerant artist, frequently invited to create artworks in various locations across the UK and overseas. My work often takes me to external locations, blurring the boundaries between travel, meetings, and artistic practice. This concept of transient convergence has become central to my experiences and creative endeavors.

Gulf Spcimen and Marine Laboratory, Panacea, Florida USA

Richard Gordon  (Theoretical Biologist) Wikipedia

Embryogenesis Explained


The Bacillaria Paradoxa Project - January 2016 - Ongoing



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".  January  2016 R Gordon  Read More

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Theoretical Biologist  Dick Gordon rearranges Rogan's Postulation


Exhibition of Installation and photography

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