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SEA BITE
2011

The Dimethylsulfide Tent

Project; research, installation and performance / lecture by prof. dr. Jos van den Broek.
Size tent: 2.95 L x 3.25 W x 2.60 H. Screen print on cotton, wood.

SEA BITE is an artistic research project developed on the invitation of the Satellietgroep. During a residency on the coast of the North Sea I developed the Dimethylsulfide Tent. The installation, made from textile with screen printed drawings, is a tribute to the phenomena that was first described by James Lovelock in his Gaia-theory. Algae in the oceans produce a gas called dimethyl sulfide (DMS), which goes up into the atmosphere. There it oxidizes, the gas is the source of the tiny droplets that flow in the air around which clouds form. The benefit for the algae for doing this is that the clouds tend to keep the Earth cooler. Without the clouds the Earth would be 10 to 20 degrees hotter than it is today and dreadfully uncomfortable not only for us but also for the algae in the ocean.