Google Arts & Culture Lab (FR): Heartbeat of the Earth

Diving into an Acidifying Ocean – Q&A

Cristina Tarquini (IT/FR), Frédéric Gazeau (FR) & Freya Murray (UK)

Sat Sep 12, 2020, 12:00 pm - 12:40 pm
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Join the Q&A with the artist who created the online experiment and the scientist who advised her.

Cristina Tarquini (IT) created an interactive data visualisation for Google Art & Culture’s Heartbeat of the Earth, launched in collaboration with UN Climate Change. The online artwork invites you to dive into the ocean and explore the impact of rising temperatures & in turn rising CO2 levels on marine life, over time.

The artist uses point clouds to visualize data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and has created a unique virtual marine ecosystem. The projct shows the change happening both on water molecules acidifying and animal particles reacting. The technique was used to simulate water flow while visualizing the data within it. It also allows us to generate currents and simulate at its best life underwater, and helps us visualize the data in this flow of water.

Artist: Cristina Tarquini (IT/FR)
Scientist: Frédéric Gazeau (FR)
Moderator: Freya Murray, Creative Lead Google Arts & Culture Lab (UK)


Cristina Tarquini
Cristina Tarquini is a digital visual artist who works at the interface between visual arts and new technologies. Her work focuses on visual communication and immersive experiences, and has worked with studios such as Marshmallow Laser Feast and Future Center Europe, and has exhibited at Somerset House. Cristina recently created Diving into an Acidifying Ocean, which was launched as part of the Heartbeat of the Earth program by Google Arts & Culture with the UN on World Environment Day.

Frédéric Gazeau
Frédéric Gazeau is a marine biologist and biogeochemist with expertise in coastal metabolism and the effects of ocean acidification and warming on various marine organisms. Other areas of expertise include the application of techniques to study the effects of these anthropogenic pressures on marine communities (benthic and pelagic) in the field.

Freya Murray
Freya Murray is the Creative Lead for the Google Arts & Culture Lab, where tech and creative communities come together to share ideas and discover new ways to experience arts and culture. She leads the Lab’s Artist residency program collaborating with artists, curators and engineers.