“Ocean is more ancient than the mountains, and freighted with the memories and the dreams of Time.”
Welcome to the Ocean Memory Project. We are a collaborative network of researchers from the Sciences, Arts and Humanities dedicated to advancing a new field of scholarship and creative expression. The idea for this project emerged from the National Academies Keck Futures Initiatives (NAKFI) Conference on the Deep Blue Sea, has developed further under three interconnected seed grants from NAKFI, and will be supported for the next 4 years (through 2022) by a NAKFI Challenge award. We will use NAKFI best practices to advance academic and artistic means to define, connect and expand cross-disciplinary research on ocean memory through seed seminars, workshops, and sub-grants for graduate assistantships, circulating information and ideas to help establish this new line of inquiry.
Environmental changes, on short and long time scales, are recorded in ocean “memories” via genetic and epigenetic mechanisms within organisms, and physical and chemical traits within the dynamic structure of the ocean itself. If cognitive memory is best defined as the faculty of the mind by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved, then the ocean’s capacity for telling its many stories is boundless. Using those stories to envision and chart the future of the ocean and its relationship to humankind is critical to the planet’s health and ours. By unlocking the ocean’s memories, a thriving community of artists, scientists and other scholars aims for a sea change in our ability to address challenges of the Anthropocene.
To realize this bold community effort, we will be expanding to include perspectives not currently represented by our launching team. Contact us.
We are very excited to announce that the Ocean Memory Project has been awarded a NAKFI Challenge grant that will support our next 4 years of investigating the intersection of ocean and memory in all of its aspects.
The launching team for the NAKFI Challenge award
We seek to embrace diversity in all its forms. If "ocean memory" speaks to you; if you are curious; reach out to us
Look for this site to evolve as we develop and present our program for the coming years.
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