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Sounding the Sea Symposium – Invisible Dust – 15-16 Jun – Hull

Celebrate our cultural and physical connections to the sea with artists, writers, historians and scientists at ‘Sounding the Sea’ a symposium as part of Hull UK City of Culture.

Organised by Invisible Dust and Steven Bode – Sounding the Sea is taking place at Ferens Gallery and The University of Hull15 – 16 June 2017.

Two-Day Tickets (Thursday 15th & Friday June 16th): Full price £45, concessionary £20

One-Day Tickets (Friday June 16th ONLY): Full price £25, concessionary £10

Tickets: Eventbrite

Programme: Sounding The Sea

Join leading authors China Miéville and Philip Hoare, artists Alec FinlayBik Van der Pol and Mariele Neudecker, marine biologists and ocean campaigners; Professor Alex Rogers, University of Oxford, Dr Magnus Johnson, University of Hull and Jo Ruxton, producer of groundbreaking film Plastic Oceans, for thought-provoking talks, workshops, artist performances and film screenings.

Varied topics will include: the critical importance and health of our oceans, climate change, catastrophes such as tsunamis and earthquakes, bioluminescence and deep sea marine life, Hull’s maritime history, rising sea levels along with our myriad of cultural connections to the sea.

Day 1: Ferens Art Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum

The symposium will open with registration at 12.30pm on Thursday June 15th. Artists talks, gallery tours and other events will start at 1.30pm and run in to the evening at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. Teas and coffees and the option of an evening buffet will be available. 

Day 2: Middleton Hall, University of Hull

The symposium will open with registration at 9.00am on Thursday June 16th. Artists talks, session and events will run until 4pm when the symposium will end. Teas & Coffees and a light lunch will be available. 

Sounding the Sea is part of exhibitions ‘Offshore: Artists explore the sea’ curated by Invisible Dust at Ferens Gallery and Hull Maritime Museum, and ‘Somewhere Becoming Sea’ curated by Steven Bode, supported by Film and Video Umbrella at Humber Street Gallery.

The symposium is independently supported by the Universities of Hull and Oxford, Arts Council England, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Hull Culture and Leisure and the Wellcome Trust.


How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Ocean.

Arthur C. Clarke

ebban an’ flowan: a poetic primer for marine renewable energy


Alec Finlay recently announced the publication of ebban an’ flowan: a poetic primer on marine renewable energy.  More information below:

ebban an’ flowan
a primer for marine renewable energy

ebban an flowan sea structure
Alec Finlay and Laura Watts, with Alistair Peebles
pb, 56 pages, morning star, 2015; edition of 500 copies

Ebban an’ flowan is the world’s first poetic primer on marine renewable energy. The book focuses on the Orkney islands, as the leading international test site for this nascent energy industry, and expands to reflect on its relationship with the Nordic countries across the sea.

Through both language and technology, the book explores how use is inflected with locality. A number of tide and wave energy devices are illustrated, some in dock, others in the sea, along with an anthology of their characterful names–mixing humour with invocations of classical myth and metamorphosis.

Ebban an’ flowan explores the technical and mythic vocabulary which…

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Seafuture – Marine Renewables Documentary – Kickstarter

This year in Paris takes the COP21 place, an important meeting for the future of our planet. Within this context we feel like it is important to inform the people about the different technologies in renewable energy. We want to make a documentary film focused on the ocean renewable energies and all the opportunities the ocean offers.

You can back this project through Kickstarter

The Sea is full of discoveries, up to 70% of the sea depths are not discovered, up to 80% of the species living in the oceans are still unknown. The ocean offers so many opportunities for many fields: biology, medicine, transportation, nutrition…

Global warming makes the ocean a real threat for coastal countries like the netherlands or Japan. Those lands and soon the entire planet will have to deal with the subject of the sea. So why not consider the ocean as a solution rather than as a threat? The Ocean is actually a solution to the global warming, it has in itself many innovative solutions for a greener world (or bluer), and with our technology we are now able to construct on the oceans and soon we will be able to build under the oceans.

By the way did you know that France has the second largest maritime territory in the world?

And our imagination is the only limit to the ocean’s usefulness. Why not for example imagine an underwater spatial launcher base that uses the pressure in the deep sea to launch rockets out of the atmosphere, 70% of its fuel is today needed just to leave the atmosphere…

Or whole floating cities like this one

Project Lilypad by Vincent Callebaut
Project Lilypad by Vincent Callebaut

Or underwater cities like Japan plans to build

Underwater city concept by Shimizu Corp
Underwater city concept by Shimizu Corp

Or Aquafarms or Superhigh speed boats or Offshore Research centers or Offshore military bases for coastal surveillance or Offshore shores or or or ….

The Ocean renewables energies

And today that world is already in progress. For all this Science fiction to become true we need power, accessible on site and RENEWABLE, we don’t want to do the same mistakes as our parents generation. We are the generation that sees all the possbile ways  to create energy (MORE THAN WE EVEN NEED) without any fuel ! Earth is the Blue Planet because oceans cover 70-80% of the globus. We have to use ocean energy ! It is free, clean, safe and limitless !

Tidal energy, Wave energy, Offshore floating wind energy … Those technologies actually exists and are constructed all over the world and mostly in Europe around the Northern sea. There is an extreme variety in all those technologies, for example tidal energy is either collected with what looks like a wind turbine but underwater, but those turbine can also be set vertically and so can be wind turbines that also can be offshore and floating

VERTIWIND project by Technip / Nenuphar / EDF EN
VERTIWIND project by Technip / Nenuphar / EDF EN


Deep green technology by Minesto
Deep green technology by Minesto
Tidal turbine by DCNS and Openhydro
Tidal turbine by DCNS and Openhydro

Floating platforms between several wind turbines, platforms combining both wave and wind energy, boats with a tidal turbine underneath, light and rather small buoys gathered in a field, each buoy creating energy through its up and down movement …

Technologies creating jobs, leading the innovation, motivating the industry, protecting the environment and set to the future !

Our Road trip

Our will is to travel throughout the countries were the Ocean energy solutions are the most developed.

We want to go visit the main actors in this field, with our camera so that each of those actors can present their technologies, the state of the art in their domain, explain what the restraints for a further development are and what their ambitions are.

As renewable energies supporters our goal is to present these actors in their best possible light and show what the whole industry behind those technology can bring to the economy and the environment.

All the images collected during our trip will be set at disposal for every company collaborating with us and could be used for their own marketing.

Map of the actors in our documentary
Map of the actors in our documentary

We will start in France, then go to England, follow the southern coast to the west, go to Ireland, back to GB Glasgow, Edimburgh, and finish the UK in the Orkney Islands to see the EMEC. We then fly to Haugesund in Norway, follow the southern coast to go to Oslo, we then go North (while winter is coming) to see some “boreal auroras” and a research center installed in Hammerfest. Then Sweden, Danemark, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and back to France.

Risks and challenges

-We will surely have some scheduling issues with the companies but we will be very flexible on our dates.
-We need to find lodging during our whole trip, and food, but in any case we will have a tent and or equipment

Visualising Public Engagement with Marine Renewable Energy

Researchers, policy makers, and industry representatives are invited to attend a special seminar in Falmouth on 13 November 2015 10:30 – 2:00

The aim of the seminar is to share findings about the value of innovative visual methods of engagement with the public around sea-based renewable energy technologies, specifically offshore wind, wave, and tidal.

The event will include researcher presentations plus a round-table discussion with the participation of experts from public, private, and voluntary sectors, including RegenSW and the Guernsey government.

The seminar takes place as part of a larger exhibition, to which everyone is invited.

For more details and to register please visit our web page.

There is no charge for attendance, but registration is obligatory. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Patrick Devine-Wright (01392 722298).