Who does the sea belong to?
Tia Kansara, Mudita Pasari
Venue: GOA SCIENCE CENTER
Time: 10:30 – 18:30
The installation uses glow in the dark paint to create an immersive underwater visual–almost like a cross section of the sea with multiple layers of information, running along the wall. The intended message is to help people think about the repercussions and long lasting effects of human waste disposal habits on life we do not see most of the time.
Using jellyfish as a key species in the marine ecosystem, Tia and Mudita play out different perspectives held by scientists and guide the audience towards forming their own impression. As the people walk through the space they ponder on the question: who does the sea belong to? The audience is asked to observe visible changes in the ecosystem using this art installation as a guide. Helping the audience to think in terms of a holistic ecosystem, what gaps are there in our collective knowledge? Are they thinking about the global commons? Do they believe they have a part to play or is it separate from their responsibility?
Dr. Tia Kansara
Tia is an award-winning entrepreneur moderator, lecturer and author. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd. (KH), the first ISO quality controlled sustainable lifestyle consultancy in the UK. Tia did her Ph.D. at the Bartlett University College London on designing future cities and energy evaluation in the Gulf. Since then she has published several papers and has been invited to advise on sustainable cities with governments and the private sector as well as keynote speeches at conferences around the world, such as the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development: BioTrade Initiative on sustainability. Her recent work involved providing city governments with her concept of Replenish, a per capita assessment of ecosystem services and publishing her book, titled Replenish.
Mudita is a narrative and strategic designer who works at the intersection of people, nature, narratives and spaces. She is trained as an Exhibition and Spatial Designer, from the National Institute of Design and has received her Masters in Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her research builds upon the role that designed visual education plays in instigating the rebuilding of social perspectives; through reinterpreting ambiguity and embracing multiplicity. As a 2017 STEAM Maharam Fellow she is currently working to incorporate the discussion of shared urban spaces between wildlife and humans, into the mainstream education system, starting in north-eastern India.
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