Projects

World as a Classroom . Infectious Knowledge . Practice of Perspective

ECOSYSTEM SONGSCollaborator : The Indian Sonic Research Institute and Art Science Blr | 2016 onwards

Can we measure with music? Can science be written in sound? The 'Swamp Tuner' is an experiment that aims to explore these questions…

This two part device - 'the helmet' and the 'spider' are both outfitted with a number of sensors designed to extend the range of your ability to observe this swamp ecosystem. While technology today tends to breed isolation, this hack is intended to enhance our engagement with the living environment around us. Built through a series of DIY sessions by Earth CoLab and ISRO (Indian Sonic Research Organisation) in Bangalore, the construction of ‘Swamp Tuner’ involved building and calibrating different sensors to measure specific environmental parameters.

The various separate components designed and constructed here are a work in progress - moving towards a wearable environmental sensor. In the future, it will capture, filter and systematically log the readings collected by each sensor simultaneously - while providing the wearer with a live feed of all parameters in the form of sound. In this orchestra, each parameter will then function as an instrument and each instrument has a set range of frequencies that correspond to the relevant scale of measurement.

Imagine … every swamp will have a unique symphony and each symphony will carry a vast amount of information about the conditions, health, and history of that swamp.

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For more information please write to tasneem@earthcolab.com

Data Logger
Ecosystem Songs
Ecosystem Songs

LOOK AGAINAffiliates : Asian Geographic Junior | 2016 – 2017

Look again is a series of interactive activities for urban youth. Using magazines as the medium of interaction, we are encouraging responses – to trigger heightened observation, an eye for detail, spirit of inquiry, an appreciation for art in nature, and an openness to the abstract.

We intend to document the range of responses from varied geographical regions.

There is great value in observation and critical inquiry in a world that is flooded by information. Imagine if every individual could hone their capacity to view the world around them, through multiple perspectives. Where creativity, information, questioning and understanding comes together to affect the manner in which we see things and consequently the way in which we craft our opinions and solutions.

How often have we looked at the life around us in it’s minutest of details. Similarly, how often have we zoomed out of a moment being captured by our eyes – to understand the larger complexities? Everything is not just as we see it; it is in fact, a complex network at every scale. From design and function at a cellular level to an inexplicable degree of influence at a universal scale.

'Look Again' is a series of seemingly abstract images of natural forms, from the world around us. It is intended to implore the viewer to examine the image closely. To look again. To make emotional, visual; and cognitive connections. To be inspired by it’s form. This is an activity based spread that appears in different publications around the world. Readers send in responses to each column, based on the specified challenges presented in each issue. Their submissions are a combination of photographs, illustrations, imagination and science.

For more information please write to tasneem@earthcolab.com

Look Again
Look Again

SWAMP STORYTELLINGCollaborator / Affiliates : Art Lab Gnesta & Swedish Institute | 2015 – 2017

Swamp Storytelling weaves together a narrative of wetland systems through a combination of art-science residencies, place based learning and community engagement events.

The project ‘Swamp Storytelling’ manifests at the cusp of land and water. It investigates the wetlands of Sweden and India, which are culturally perceived to be wastelands, grounds of mythical creatures in folklore and places of decay. Moving between the border of science and art, the project aims at bringing deeper insight into contemporary art production, socio-political thought processes and scientific method.

Swamp Camp engages youth by using creative learning approaches, critical inquiry, field science and artistic mediums to explore wetlands from the perspective of a student. These outdoor learning programs with local schools are geared towards adventure and experimentation in this misunderstood landscape.

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Swamp Biennale this mid summer celebration of project Swamp Storytelling was hosted in Sweden by Art Lab Gnesta. The opening week showcased the works-in-progress by Ingela Ihrman, Mikeal Lindhal and Finnish student Kati Roover all artists hosted by Earth CoLab in India.

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Swamp Residencies invites artists and scientists into a variety of coastal and freshwater sites for extended research based residency immersions. The practitioners use field based methods to document the system, attempt to answer questions or conduct experiments. These are multiple translations and interpretations of the wetland ecosystem.

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For more information please write to tasneem@earthcolab.com, savita@earthcolab.com

Swamp Camp
Swamp Biennale
Swamp Residency

MARINE MAMMALS OF INDIACollaborator : Dipani Sutaria | 2016

Marine Mammals of India – A Poster : Showing the diversity of marine mammals reported from Indian seas in relation to habitat and depth preference.

Marine Mammals of India – A Field Guide : A handy field guide useful to identify marine mammals at sea or while stranded at shore. The guide gives details about key identifying features. Available in English with common names in one of the local languages (Gujarati, Marathi, Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Odiya and Bengali).

For more information please write to pooja@earthcolab.com

Marine Mammals of India Poster
Field Guide
Field Guide

INDIAN OCEAN NATURALISTCollaborator : coming soon | 2015 – long term

A citizen science project that engages with recreational divers across sites in the Indian Ocean, to collect data on biological indicators that reflect the health of coral reefs.
Monitoring coral reefs is a method by which we measure changes over time. Biological indicators are species whose presence or absence informs us of the health of an ecosystem. Regular observations of such indicator species can provide critical insights into the status of coral reefs, thereby helping protect them effectively. This understanding and effort need not be limited to the spheres of science and conservation. The diving community across the globe is growing and has the access and power to really make a difference.

‘The Indian Ocean Naturalist’ proposes a collective effort where every diver is engaged with the process of furthering this understanding in order to effect change.

We enable participating dive operators the opportunity to offer enriching travel & dive experiences by dovetailing scuba diving with baseline research and conservation efforts.

This program and certification involves;
A series of 4 presentations, each followed by a data collection dive.

  • Learning about the inextricably linked ecosystems and their inhabitants makes the experience much more than a recreational dive.
  • Engaging with long-term monitoring and ecological surveys facilitates a deeper understanding of your surroundings.
  • Assisting in research, by documenting your observations and experiences helps build a critical data set of the status and changes of ocean systems.

For more information please write to hayat@earthcolab.com, tasneem@earthcolab.com

Naturalist Kit
Collecting Data
Briefing the participants

BREATHING PIXELS2016 to long term

Breathing Pixels is an archive of moving imagery that brings to the forefront details and connections of the dense landscapes that surround us.
In the form of short bytes composed of film, photographs, animation, information and graphics – these are intended to provide visual educational snippets of life forms and their detail.
The project aims to highlight the nuances of life in the natural world at a micro and macro scale – persuading the human eye to attend to that, which would have otherwise gone unseen.
We intend to provide the viewer with a lens to peer into the seemingly mundane. Through this exercise the camera functions as an extension to our point of view and ability to perceive processes.

It is not what we see, but how we see it.

“I want to delight in the smallest of things, a bit of 2cm moss on a little piece of rock, and I want to try here what I have been wishing for so long, namely to copy the tiniest bits of nothing as accurately as possible just to realize how great they are … how terribly complicated and shapeless that beauty really is.” – MC Escher, spring 1923

For more information please write to pooja@earthcolab.com, umeed@earthcolab.com

Breathing Pixels
Breathing Pixels
Story Visualisation