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  • Origins of Slimewatch 2…

  • Slime time (better late than never)

    Green Man Festival 2021 hosted screenings of our Slimewatch films, curated by the magnificent Martyn Kelly. Here’s his blog: regular posts communicate phycology and more – ecosystems in their physical, social and cultural contexts:)

  • Health inequalities

    Healthy life expectancy is massively higher if you’re already privileged; this video summarises John Moxham’s 5 routes to levelling up. (A simple editing/graphics job; COVID-19 meant no live-action filming, but the 1-hour talk focuses down nicely)

  • free trainings this August

    To stay sane this holiday month, we’re running a couple of free online Carbon Literacy trainings: w/c August 10th. is Southwark-focused; local residents, activists and housing co-ops w/c August 17th. for UCU and NUJ members Monday 10:00-12:00 1a)’synch’, with trainer and group, then 1b) in yr own time, 1-hr non-synch followup Wednesday 10:00-12:00 2a)’synch’, with…

  • Colourways

    Spring 2020 brings more daylight hours to London’s microphytobenthos. Aiming to stay healthy during self-isolation – can I time daily bikerides with low-water at mudbanks, and see how the oxygen producers are getting on? 2020-03-27, 10:39 at Deptford Creek: follow @Creekside_Trust for news on Queenie’s broken leg. #wildlifeofLondon. Tidal mudbanks rich in euglenids… starting the…

  • Carbon literacy – beyond BAFTA

    Nearly finished designing a new one-day training that’ll be even more interactive: plenty of hands-on and group learning. Some of the science behind the slogans Joining the dots between news stories, individual agency and system change Making informed decisions to take positive action in the face of our climate crisis   Meanwhile BAFTA’s Albert goes…

  • Outreach in all directions

    Slimewatch brought ecology and phycology into art galleries in late 2019; in 2020 we kicked off at a science conference. Algal specialists came together for BPS2020 in Plymouth – home to the Marine Biological Association & Plymouth Marine Labs, as well as a University with strong departmental links. Subject specialists engaged with Slimewatch at all…

  • Science/art at #bps2020

    After three gallery installations in 2019, ‘Slimewatch’ is exhibiting at the British Phycological Society’s 2020 Conference, Plymouth, Jan.6th-9th. Looking forward to learning from some of the world’s foremost algal specialists – and hoping they enjoy the films, roaming our gigapan, and the plasticine activities

  • Ultra: back on the South Bank

    London Ultra 2019 invited Crispin&Susi up onto the top floor of Bargehouse: Oxo Tower Wharf, 11-6pm. from Oct.31st – Nov.10th Opening party evening of Oct.31st., free if you’re in fancy-dress…

  • Slimewatch

    September exhibitions of ‘Slimewatch’: ‘Slimewatch I: Moon & mud’.     4’59”; Susi Arnott, 2019 Time-lapse imagery reveals colour&movement over tidal cycles; photo-colorimetry defines and measures these colours. Light- and electron-microscopy help identify and count species and their relative densities. In collaboration with Prof.Jane Lewis and student Dain Son, at the University of Westminster (Life Sciences):…

  • getting changed

    experimental film, from work with Crispin Hughes for The Economist

  • Totally Thames 2018

    This year’s Thames Festival is too soon for our next ThamesTides exhibition – but I’ll be talking about work about/around/inspired by the Thames on an evening boat-ride on Wednesday Sept.6th: book tickets here:  reflections on the river

  • scum

    _ Microphytobenthos; the missing sink? “…re-suspension of this biomass by tidal oscillations over intertidal flats, even in low hydrodynamic conditions, generates a net carbon flux from the littoral zones to open coastal basins. Measurements allowed us to estimate that this microphytobenthic compartment, which colonizes a small fraction of the total Earth surface (smaller than the…

  • commuters in Central London

    Thames Tides work is ongoing. Micro-algae have a tidal rhythm too, emerging to photosynthesise, then hiding again as the water comes back.

  • in the Science Library

    maths, movies and point-of-view UCL Science Library, in the heart of Bloomsbury: a longer run for the exhibition ‘Bobby & Stillman’, by Susi Arnott and Crispin Hughes, working with Professors of Mathematics Sofia Olhede and Patrick Wolfe (UCL Big Data Institute). Five sound films from a collaboration touching on frequencies, sampling and even the uncertainty…

  • Observed, observing

    BOBBY AND STILLMAN: THE COLLABORATION WITH UCL’s BIG DATA INSTITUTE In the applied mathematics of fluid dynamics, a ‘Eulerian approach’ describes movement passing a fixed point. Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler, fig.1, formulated equations for such motion in 1757. In the 1770s his successor at the Berlin Academy, French/Italian mathematician Joseph-Louis Lagrange (fig.2) described phenomena recorded…

  • Bobby & Stillman

    ThamesTides has been drawn in to UCL’s ‘Creative Reactions’; are we building data sets for Professor of Statistics to respond to, or is this an artistic response to her practice as a scientist? Two cameras this time; clues in their names…

  • Site-specific commission

      150 years ago, Crossness pumping station was built to take advantage of the tides… spectacular home for #ThamesTides, & soon we’ll make another work showing this link – weather, compass, almanac & tide-tables willing

  • Immersion in time and space

    Thames Tides premiered at London’s Cinema Museum in September. The perfect context to pilot Crispin’s pop-up installation idea; projector gantry + 4 hanging paper screens, with a more modest flatscreen in the cafe/bar. Wonderful space, marvellous support from the lovely Ronald, Martin – &Technical Dave.   Then the show rolled up into a van and re-emerged…

  • Thames Tides in the Thames Festival

    Our five-screen installation will be on in The Cinema Museum, Kennington, September. 4th, 2-10pm. and September 13-16th. 10-5pm.,  in the stunning underground Shaft of The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe Another joint project with Crispin Hughes; more info, including trailers, on the project website And more on the Thames Festival here @TotallyThames #TotallyThames