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Just Below the Surface

Working with FIU scientist Evelyn Gaiser, FIU CARTA artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will capture images of diatoms (glass-encased algae) that have lived in the bay at different points during the last century to create digital works. Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples.

3/22/2015 to 3/27/2015
When: March 22nd - March 27th, 2015
Where: TBA
Miami Beach, Florida  33139
United States
Contact: Xavier Cortada
305-535-1462

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Just Below the Surface 

an art exhibit by Xavier Cortada 





 

 

Working with FIU scientist Evelyn Gaiser, FIU College of Architecture + The Arts artist-in-residence Xavier Cortada will capture images of diatoms (glass-encased algae) that have lived in the bay at different points during the last century to create digital works.  Scientists—and artists—can determine the past salinity of water by examining the shells of diatoms preserved in sedimentary core samples. Each diatom species has a different salinity preference, so changes in the mixture of fresh and sea water (driven by sea level and changes in water management) can be inferred from past diatom remains. Sea level rise is arguably the most important issue Miami Beach will be address during the next 100 years.  

 

Cortada will deliver a talk along with FIU scientist Evelyn Gaiser to discuss the innovative ideas behind the science and art and their implications for the way we move forward.  

  

 





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FIU College of Architecture + The Arts


Xavier Cortada
Artist-in-Residence
Florida International University
College of Architecture + The Arts
420 Lincoln Road, Suite 430
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Xavier Cortada's participatory art practice is based at Florida International University.






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