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Deep-Sea Virtual Art Exploration is a mixed media project focused on reconstructing the still image through computer editing programs. The revisualization of imagery in our minds captivates new ways of understanding the material presented. Using 2D photographs, the stylization of imagery transforms from a still into an object––the moving image and scene environment. Through collaboration with Hawaiʻi Undersea Research Lab (HURL) and the Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz, I created the Deep-Sea Coral I & Deep-Sea Coral II digital projects through the Spring 2020 and Winter 2021 quarter. Working closely with Marine Biologist Researchers at UCSC to create an Art and Science project interpretation was inspirational for this exhibition’s adaption. OpenLab Research Director, UCSC, Jennifer Parker, inspires through her What Makes Us Human project’s collaborative efforts, drawing inspiration from art and science-related themes. The present exhibition is an effort to create an artistic community based on creative practice and research to develop a new awareness of the digital mediums used in the art world. Communicating information becomes a way to create community virtually. Mozilla Hubs is an alternative to experiencing projections and in-person environments created for artistic expression. In contrast, while remaining technology-based and non-physical, these efforts are extensions to digital archives and art communities, which draws upon the effort to bridge art and science. Analyzing digital formulas for creating the imagery is an experimental approach to archiving ideas in collage form and virtual scenic participation.
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