CULTURE VESSELS

 

INSIDE THE SANDS OF TIME
(glass vessel blown by ray flavell)

This glass vessel contains unadulterated seawater collected from the atlantic ocean, which has been transposed and incubated in various ambient local conditions (bathroom windowsill, edinburgh (12.9.08 – 27.9.08); gallery space, edinburgh (27.9.08 – 3.10.08); bathroom windowsill, edinburgh (3.10.08 - ongoing)), in an effort to see the impact of climate change on the development of the intrinsic biota. is it possible for the organisms to survive, let alone flourish, in this chilly north-easterly clime? after a couple of weeks of incubation the sample was not looking very healthy, with little obvious growth activity, and small pieces of debris sinking to the bottom of the vessel. however, with acclimatisation the samples seem to be flourishing, although it is unknown what it is tat has survived this traumatic experience.


does this process mirror something of the transposition of the artist (from SW UK to Edinburgh), and the effect of the chilly, dark, northern environment on her Art?

 

OCEANS APART (EAST AND WEST)
(glass vessel blown by ingrid phillips)

this piece is an extension of the experiment ongoing in ‘Inside the sands of time’, but the two halves of the culture vessel are filled with seawater samples collected from two different marine environments; the atlantic and the north sea. at the inception of the experiment the samples were provided with an extra source of carbon when first inoculated into the vessel, in an effort to kick-start the growth of evolution in the experiment.


the two cultures sit side by side in order that both are subjected to the same environmental conditions, and in an effort to compare any differences between them.

(magnifying glass provided for closer inspection)

 
     
 

CULTURE VESSELS:

OCEANS APART (back left)

INSIDE THE SANDS OF TIME (front right)

(2008)

glass, seawaters, bicarb of soda, time