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SEA BITE
The Dimethylsulfide Tent
2011

project, installation and public program

The installation consists of a handmade cotton tent, screen-printed drawings 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 a project developed during a workperiod on the coast of the North Sea. Mariëlle Videler created the Dimethylsulfide Tent. The installation, a cotton tent, is designed and made by Videler with her drawings screen printed on the inside. A little spiritual space devoted to the phenomena that was first described by James Lovelock in his Gaia-theory. Algae in the oceans produce a gas named dimethyl sulphide (DMS), it moves up into the atmosphere. There it oxidizes, the gas is the source of the tiny droplets that flow in the air around and form clouds. 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