Rising Seas: Facts, Fictions and Aquaria
2013 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Rising Seas: Facts, fictions and aquaria While exhibiting ocean environments presents particular practical difficulties to most museums, rising sea levels and other drastic changes in the sea make the ocean an essential part of any exhibit on climate change. This paper will examine how aquaria and other museums interpret and showcase ocean science in their attempts to imagine a warmer future world.To do this, we will look at a few specific cases of representations of the ocean in climate change exhibits. How is the sea represented or showcased? What kinds of artefacts are used? What narratives accompany the representation? Is the ocean presented as an alien environment, or is it shown to be permeated by pollution and other signs of human presence? Is it meaningful to talk about 'the ocean' as one place, or do we need to refer to specific places or habitats, differentiating between shallow seas with coral reefs and familiar species and the less well-known deep oceans, for instance? Based on these case studies, we will attempt a more general discussion and analysis of the role of future visions for imagining what a marine Anthropocene might look like and how they can be exhibited in the context of local and global climate change.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
History of Technology History Cultural Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-137187OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-137187DiVA: diva2:678186
Collecting the Future, American Museum of Natural History, New York, 2-4 October, 2013
QC 201402032013-12-112013-12-112015-01-29Bibliographically approved