SeaRover 3 – Weblog No 2

SeaRover 3


1st – twenty first August 

Our second SeaRover weblog comes from artist Ailish Ni Riain who joins the survey as a part of Aerial Sparks, a program which promotes the artistic fusion of artwork and science at sea. Thus far, numerous artists have joined sea-going Marine Institute surveys to take part and be impressed…
Ailish Ni Riain
 “We can not consider a time that’s oceanless
Or of an ocean not plagued by wastage
Or of a future that isn’t liable
Just like the previous, to haven’t any vacation spot.”
                                                                        From T. S Eliot – THE DRY SALVAGES
                                                                        (No. 3 of ‘4 Quartets’)
In the present day is day 14 of my residency on board the RV Celtic Explorer as a part of the Offshore Reef Survey 2019.  I’ve by no means been to sea in any capability; the expertise thus far, has been a visceral one.  I’m an Irish up to date classical composer and author initially from Cork. I used to be invited on board to hitch this survey as a part of a novel artists residency mission Aerial Sparks – the brain-child of Galway-based artist & producer Louise Manifold.
ROV Holland 1
My temporary is solely to participate. To immerse myself within the expertise. To look at, enquire, examine and picture.  The intention is that my expertise will inform the creation of a brand new piece of labor influenced by my time on board which is able to kind a part of a physique of latest work referred to as Aerial Sparks as a part of Galway 2020 – European Capital of Tradition.
Speaking to and observing each scientists and crew has opened up new vistas and inspired considering past what we settle for as ‘identified’. To look at a submersible ROV roused from relaxation, hoisted up and thoroughly lowered into the ocean earlier than his ascent to the ‘underworld’ echoes myths comparable to Orpheus, Persephone, Heracles. What’s down there and what is likely to be past even what we predict we all know.
I’ve sat with the scientists and ROV pilots as they fastidiously observe the sea-bed and noticed them diligently categorising and taking photos as they go. The temper decided, tenacious and enthusiastic however not with out humour .The know-how is spectacular, the around the clock working hours and keenness for the job in hand, palpable. The crew and pilots run a slick operation. They’re right here to make sure the survey is run as effectively as potential.
My curiosity has been drawn to the potential of story-telling and fable and concepts as to how the ocean ground ‘sounds’. Whereas the main focus of this survey is cold-water reef, my consideration has been drawn to quite a lot of sea-bed species. Coming throughout a wreck, an outdated oil barrel, a carpet of sponges, a cautious Ray or a hermit crab – immediately my world has grown, my information has elevated and it has given a greater understanding of biodiversity and absolutely the necessity to do that important work right now.

For me, the problem after this will probably be deciding the place precisely to begin by myself response to the expertise. Proper now, I may simply comply with a lot of trajectories. 
“We can not consider a time that’s oceanless
Or of an ocean not plagued by wastage”
I’ve saved a day by day log, taken an awesome many photos and photographs to allow me to hold this expertise again residence with me after I depart, from the place the cautious technique of attrition will start and finally, creation start. To deal with this, is inside our present, if we would like it badly sufficient.

The SeaRover mission is led by the Marine Institute and INFOMAR and funded by the European Maritime & Fisheries Fund and the Nationwide Parks and Wildlife Service. 
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