NOC scientists get That Oceanic Feeling
The 50th Anniversary of the launch of RRS Discovery was celebrated by over 150 people with a connection to the ship.
Large-scale photographic portraits of Drs Veerle Huvenne, Tim Le Bas, Henry Ruhl and Bramley Murton feature in an exhibition entitled That Oceanic Feeling by artist, Rona Lee.
The exhibition, at the John Hansard Gallery on the University of Southampton campus, is the result of the residency that Rona undertook at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. By coincidence, the gallery building formerly housed a giant tidal model that featured Southampton docks – including the site of the waterfront campus.
During her Leverhulme Trust-funded residency, Rona joined a research cruise aboard the Royal Research Ship, James Cook, working alongside geoscientists who use sonar to map the deepest and darkest parts of the Earth.
Plaster reliefs created by a pen recording the rolling of the ship, a work featuring enough thread (six miles) to reach the deepest part of the World Ocean, and fired and chromed handfuls of sediment, from samples extracted from 4,000 metres below the sea surface, all feature in the exhibition which also includes works on film and audio installations.
That Oceanic Feeling asks what it might mean to ‘look’ into a space so embedded within the world’s economic, political and cultural spheres, yet about which we know less than the moon. Rona gave a special Marine Life Talk based on the exhibition on Thursday 27 September and hosts a one-day conference at the gallery on Saturday 13 October.
More information on the exhibition can be found at: www.hansardgallery.org.uk/exhibition/current.html