EVERY FIFTH BREATH WE TAKE IS OXYGEN PRODUCED BY PLANKTON
— Dr. Sylvia A. Earle, National Geographic Explorer
Plankton serve as one of the primary basis of the marine food chain and are as a result a crucial component of the Earth‘s ecosystem. Scientists believe that phytoplankton contribute between 50 to 85 percent of the oxygen in Earth’s atmosphere.
Current literature and studies have demonstrated how different noise sources influence large marine life with striking examples such as images of stranded whales and dolphins. However, little or almost nothing is known about the possible impact on marvelous microscopic organisms such as plankton and with the entanglement of micro-plastics, the ecological balance is further compromised.
Noise Aquarium utilizes 3D-scans of these micro creatures obtained with unique scientific imaging techniques and immerses the audience in the 3D ‘aquarium’ of diverse planktons projected as large as whales. With their presence alone, participants create destructive visual and audio noises, demonstrating how we are all implicated by our inaction. Noise Aquarium spotlights animated 3D-models obtained with scientific imaging techniques of the extremely diverse plankton spectrum.
Read more about the project from the Ars Electronica: