What is the Shape of Water?
A Cross-Species Meditation
Work in Progress
A collaboration by Lisa Moren and Dr. Tsetso Bachvaroff
Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology
SPARKS \\ LIGHT CITY IMET NOVEMBER 2019
The audience enters a pitch black room with thousands of invisible organisms floating above their heads in a skylight aquarium. They’re invited to speak, and if they do their voice drops to a chant-like rumbling sound that excites the bioluminescent dinoflagellates into illuminating. Their blue glow mimics the shape of the sound waves in the water. Therefore, if you ask “what’s the shape of water?”, the dinoflagellates will tell you.
Speaking to the dinoflagellates will also trigger audio transcribed from the DNA sequence that produces bioluminescence [ the luciferous enzyme ]. Left alone, the dinoflagellates will bioluminesce in accordance to their own DNA.
[ 4 minute excerpt of 6:40 hours ]
Algorithm by Jan Willem Kolkman