|Deep Sea Memory||Ocean Memory Art||soniDOME||Ocean Memory Challenge|
A group of five collaborators who had never met before the conference were inspired to explore just what it would mean for the ocean to have memory and how that idea could transform their own practices and oceanography at large. With seed funding from NAKFI, the team planned the first Ocean Memory conference held in 2017 at the University of Washington’s historic Friday Harbor Laboratories on San Juan Island, WA, bringing together thinkers and dreamers from across the sub-fields of oceanography, cognitive science, genomics, the humanities, and visual and performing arts to begin to define Ocean Memory and understand whether it represented a bold new idea, or clever re-branding of existing knowledge. The question proved highly stimulating but formidable. A subgroup convened again the following year at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Riverside, CA, to put their ideas into forms that could be shared more broadly. It was clear by this time that defining and developing Ocean Memory was a line of inquiry worthy of NAKFI’s Challenge.