Art & Science Puzzle
This project explores the boundaries between art and science, building interdisciplinary collaboration through an interactive, multi-media puzzle, exploring phytoplankton as a subject of investigation and discovery.
Oceanic Scales is modular in design including options for a full or partial interactive installation, a smaller / portable touch screen version and a mobile app version designed for elementary school students and teachers.
There’s no point in making a project about ocean health if it’s made from toxic materials that will end up in our rivers and oceans. Oceanic Scales is made from biodegradable materials such as Bamboo Plywood, Cast Pine Resin, PLA based 3D prints, Recycled Cardboard & Natural Latex Rubber to name a few.
App & Educational Game
One of the newest additions to the Oceanic Scales system, is an Ipad based app and gaming system designed for 2nd through 4th grade students, including lesson plans for teachers, following national science and core curriculum standards
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Oceanic Scales Updates
We’re happy to announce that a newly updated iteration of Oceanic Scales will be on display a the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History from October 3rd through the 23rd 2016. We’ll be setting up the full installation in the main atrium of the museum and look forward to working with the MAH staff[…]
Oceanic Scales has recently received a generous grant from the Maine Sea Grant to fund the final production of our App system. With this grant we’ve hired on two new student developer / animators to assist with the final development of the initial app system. New Media student Aidan Bauer and Computer Engineering student Jack Britton have[…]
Alliance Data & EPSILON awarded a generous Community Outreach Grant to Oceanic Scales, funding the completion of an educational app version of the project that also serves as an augmented reality system to help reveal hidden layers of the Oceanic Scales interactive puzzle. They also donated an array of designers and app developers to design the app and gaming[…]
Here’s a wonderful overview video of Oceanic Scales that was produced from the UCSC DANM program, during my time as one of their graduate students, where Oceanic Scales began as a part of my thesis work.
Featuring exhibiting artists Jeff Ray, Mary Franck and Kadet Kuhne, Jean Tarantino and Gene A. Felice II Water World is an immersive multi-media exhibition at Alter Space Gallery that takes viewers on a journey through environments that posits our physical state of water and into our deep consciousness that reflect our relationships with water. The artists[…]
We were proud to be show Oceanic Scales as a part of the Soundwave Festival in San Francisco at Alterspace in the SOMA district, during August and September of 2014. Here’s a link to more details: http://www.soundwavesf.com/6/july26/ Project creator Gene Felice also presented Oceanic Scales at an artist talk on Saturday, August 2nd. Here’s a link for more[…]
The Oceanic Scales & Openlab teams were very excited to be participating this year in in Soundwave ((6)) WATER, opening with a sneak preview at the Cal Academy this Thursday evening, July 10th from 6 to 10pm. We set up in the African Safari hall, right across from the Penguins display. Here are some photos of[…]
We had an amazing day on Saturday as a part of the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Celebration. It was a beautiful day to be 1/2 a mile out into the bay, right above the Sea Lions, Whales and Otters. The Oceanic Scales team was in full force with everyone pitching in to make this special showing[…]
Oceanic Scales will be featured at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, this Saturday May 17th on the end of the Santa Cruz wharf, just above the Sea Lions. We’ll be there from 11am to 10pm with an official lighting of the installation happening at 5pm when day light begins to fade to dusk. We couldn’t think of[…]
Here are some initial images from the showing of Oceanic Scales at the DANM 2014 MFA Thesis show, in the Digital Art Research Center’s Light Lab space. So much thanks goes to the entire Oceanic Scales team that put all their hard work and creativity into making this show possible! This first gallery of photos[…]
We finished up our first full scale Outcropping made from recycled cardboard and bamboo plywood this past week and also installed our spagnum moss walls planted with native succulents, Dudleya Caspitosa on it’s back. Here are a few pictures of the process as we laid it all out and put it together including some of[…]
This is the newest configuration of Oceanic Scales, with our “Outcroppings” style, three part installation + central control column. This new design is inspired by Frank Gehry’s easy edge furniture, combined with modern methods for slicing 3D forms via laser cutting. These 3D visualizations illustrate how we are planning to set up the debut installation[…]
Our native species of succulents, Dudleya Caespitosa otherwise known as Sea Lettuce, is doing well on the rooftop garden of the UCSC greenhouse. Jim Velzy has been taking good care of them for us as we prepare the final living wall structures. You can view our test succulent mesh below. So far they are rooting[…]
We hit a milestone today as we have completed 120 element forms representing temperature, nutrients and PH of our oceans. We’ve also completed 70 of our 85 diatoms forms. All these forms are made from either Pine Resin or PLA 3D print filament. Both are industrially compostable materials that decompose at high temperatures. It was[…]
This is a new design that has evolved from the last “wall unit” prototype. This form is inspired by the eroded structures of the rock outcroppings that litter the central coast of California. They are also inspired by Frank Gehry’s “Easy Edges” furniture design technique. By salvaging used cardboard from local furniture stores, we’ve found[…]
After a lot of hard work this quarter, we’ve finished prototype #2 of the Oceanic Scales system. This “wall unit” is made of local / sustainably sourced bamboo plywood, incrusted with PLA 3D printed and pine resin cast “Machinic Diatoms” and water molecule forms. When no one interacts with the system it slips into an[…]
As a series of experiments for possible components of Oceanic Scales, these forms have evolved into projects of their own. They are made of natural and biodegradeable materials such as locally milled bamboo plywood. Their images are captured from sources as far ranging as maps of the ocean floor to microscopy photographs of diatom surfaces to magnifications of the[…]
As a series of experiments for possible components of Oceanic Scales, these forms have evolved into projects of their own. They are made of natural and biodegradeable materials such as silk and locally harvested kelp. Their formsare inspired by the endless geometries of ocean phytoplankton such as diatoms, dinoflaggelates and coccoliths.
In an effort to understand and collaborate with Phytoplankton I’ve started a Bioluminescent phytoplankton garden / lab as a spur project of Oceanic Scales. I am currently growing three varieties of Phytoplankton which were purchased from a local culture lab Empco in an attempt to learn more about this amazing organism and to discover new ways[…]
We just wrapped up 3 new bronze rings for our main interaction interface. The three rings are distinctly designed as molecular rings of H20, CO2 and the UREA molecule. Each one was printed with corn based plastic (PLA) on our new Ultimaker 3D printer in the DANM program at UCSC. Special thanks to Sean Monaghan[…]