California Institute of the Arts | Sea Studio: Designing an immersive holding space for artists, scientists, and the greater public to create kinship with our oceans. | Goal 5: Thriving ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity. | Goal 6: Accessible parks, beaches, recreational waters, public lands, and public spaces that create opportunities for respite, recreation, ecological discovery, and cultural activities.

Public Program Design

The Port of Los Angeles has offered Cal Arts the unique opportunity to design a workspace for arts-related programming. Sea Studio brings together artists and designers to look imaginatively at the crisis under the surface, through the lenses of aquaculture, bio-materials, undersea exploration, habitat loss and biodiversity, as well as exploring the ocean’s role in water and carbon cycles. In dialogue with scientists and leading ocean researchers, student groups are designing mobile, interactive learning installations and experiences illuminating the ocean’s underimagined role in planetary health. The Sea Studio takes an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the critical state of the oceans.

Team: Shannon Scrofano, Associate Director of Design and Production at CalArts; Teaching Assistant: Ella Rosenblatt; Michele Fan; Nicholas Ginsberg; Grace Hlavacek; Livya Howard-Yashar; Pablo de Larranaga Aramoni; Lucas Lenique; Riddhi Mathuria; Jeremy Pappas; Kento Shirotsuka; Dylan Todd; Nishtha Tyagi; Rona Wen

Community partner: AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles

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