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SEA BITE
The Dimethylsulfide Tent
2011

project, installation, Satellietgroep Den Haag

The installation consists of screen-printed drawings on cotton and wood
Performance / lecture by prof. dr. Jos van den Broek
Dimensions tent: L 2.95 x W 3.25 x H 2.60 m

SEA BITE is an artistic research project developed on the invitation of the Satellietgroep. During a residency at the coast of the North Sea Mariëlle Videler 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 sulphide (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.

 
Photo: James Guerts