For Immerse MIX Artists are focussing on the marine environment and have engaged with scientists from the WA Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), UWA Oceans Institute, the University of Western Australia and Wave Energy Research Australia (WERA).
Since March 2022 MIX Artists have learnt from marine scientists through talks/presentations, (March and May), engagement with UWA marine science students during their field trip to Albany (April) and ongoing self-directed research by individual artists, assisted by WAMSI who has put artists in touch with marine scientists who are working in the artists’ areas of interest. This meaningful collaboration has provided artists with the opportunity to drill into a subject and expand their knowledge. Artists have learnt about sustainable practices and rehabilitation work (for example of oyster beds and seagrass in the local Albany waters), the impact of climate change and pollution on the planet’s oceans, and the ongoing discoveries of new marine species, as well as the ocean as a source of energy. This information has inspired each artist’s creative ideas and art-making process.
The artworks in Immerse will convey important marine science knowledge and current research to a wide audience. A short video/slideshow will enable the audience to learn about the art-science collaboration, by documenting the interaction between artists and scientists and the resulting creative process.