Arts and the Anthropocene: Crisis and Resilience in North Carolina Waterways

Project Theme(s): 
Air & Climate
Public Engagement

This project team explored how visual, theatrical and sonic arts play a role in educating, provoking action and developing resilient futures in the Anthropocene, the current epoch of geological time dominated by human activity. Team members examined how scientists and artists address social and ecological crises and entanglements, and constructed Spectral Seas, an art installation, depicting the scale of future sea level rise. Woven out of over 400 plastic bags collected from the Durham community, the tapestry features layers of color representing different NOAA sea level rise predictions for 2100. This art was installed in the front lobby of the Rubenstein Arts Center in Durham, NC. The team also incorporated multimedia video projections and sound to evoke the threat sea-level rise poses to humans and the environment. Team members also used StoryMaps to showcase the science and local impacts of sea level rise, as well as their artistic process.

Bass Connections
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Jonathan Henderson
Raquel Salvatella De Prada
Project Team: 
Mingyong Cheng
Ke Ding
Kathleen Mason
Jessica Orzulak
Hillary Smith
Chaya Brennan Agarwal
Madison Griffin
Joyce Gu
Kendall Jefferys
Katherine Kelley
Sarah Kelso
Ayesham Khan
Elizabeth Kramer
Alison Rosenbaum
Jessica Wang
Milagros de Souza
Elizabeth Albright
Mark Olson
William Warasila
sea level rise
community outreach
art installation
local impacts