In this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who is representing Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presents his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins (cetaceans).
Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Peter Simmonds OBE discusses the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution.
Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor.
designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances.
For the last ten years, Guzik
has concentrated his
efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans.
With a group of collaborators, he
has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California.
In 2007, Guzik
completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans.
will make a presentation about his
work with cetaceans, immediately following his
visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, the research phase of a new project with The Arts Catalyst
Biographies Ariel Guzik Musician, researcher, artist, iridologist, herbalist and inventor, Guzik designs and produces mechanisms and instruments to enquire into the various languages of nature.
He is the director of the Nature Expression and Resonance Research Laboratory in Mexico, which for over 25 years has freely explored the phenomena of resonance, mechanics, electricity, and magnetism as foundations for the invention of mechanisms that give voice to nature through music.
research work is the reflection of an intimate need to generate an atmosphere favorable to the enchantment of the world.
intends to preserve mysteries, rather than decipher them, favoring the perception of natural phenomena through the senses, fascination and fantasy.
Installations and individual exhibitions of his
work have been presented in national and international institutions.
Guzik’s new work Cordiox will be shown in the Mexican Pavilion at the 2013 Venice Biennale.
Mark Peter Simmonds OBE Mark Peter Simmonds has worked in the marine conservation and animal welfare field since the 1980s.
Supported by Wellcome Trust Web links Ariel Guzik
- Venice Bienniale 2013 The website with the animation shown by Mark Peter Simmonds is here: http://www.oceancare.org/en/campaign_silent_oceans/Book recommendations: New Moral Frontier by Thomas I White http://www.indefenseofdolphins.com/ Philippa Brakes (Ed) and Mark Peter Simmonds (Ed) Whales and Dolphins: Cognition, Culture, Conservation and Human Perceptions