[ISEA2018] Workshop: Thomas Asmuth & Sara Gevurtz — Turbidity Paintings: Water Testing

Workshop Statement

Art, Science & Us sub-programme

The project “Turbidity Paintings” proposes a new visualization methodology to record images and collect data on water quality. The core of this is to develop a system of image collection using an image based system to go alongside with traditional water testing equipment. In this workshop, participants will learn about the various aspects that affect water quality and take their own measurements at the Umgeni River, which is one of the most contaminated rivers in the region and is the primary source of water for more than 3.5 million people. “Turbidity Paintings” explores and challenges the divide between the arts and the sciences and directly questions the role of the artist when dealing with science and scientific data. Art and science are not so vastly different in their approaches. The role of the artist and the art in this project is to create an experimental model by which to develop new ways to create a dialogue around, in our example, water quality.  turbiditypaintings.com/projectdescription.html

  • Thomas Asmuth is an Associate Professor at the University of West Florida, USA, where he teaches courses in digital media. He received a bachelor’s of arts degree from San Francisco Art Institute and an MFA in digital media at San Jose State University. Asmuth is an advocate of transdisciplinary collaboration, he often involves other artists, engineers, and scientists in his work. The creative activities and scholarship known as “Turbidity Paintings,” is an evolving set of collaborations of artists and environmental scientists funded by the Florida Research Fellowship and a University of West Florida Innovative Interdisciplinary Project Grant.
  • Sara Gevurtz is an Assistant Professor at Hastings College, USA. Gevurtz received an MFA in Digital Media Art from San Jose State University. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego. Her artistic research focuses on ecological and environmental issues. Gevurtz has shown work and published nationally and internationally, including an article in the journal Plastik Art & Science by the Pantheon-Sorbonne University, “Paris 1” in 2013.