In this special event, artist Ariel Guzik, who represented Mexico in the 2013 Venice Biennale, presented his long-term project communicating with whales and dolphins. Environmental scientist and campaigner Mark Simmonds discussed the role of sound in cetacean society and the impact of sonar and noise pollution.
Ariel Guzik is an artist, musician and inventor. He designs and makes resonance instruments, which are used to enable interaction between human beings and nature through sensation and emotion, and creates installations and performances. For the last ten years, Guzik has concentrated his efforts in searching for a way of communicating with cetaceans. With a group of collaborators, he has undertaken several expeditions to contact grey whales and bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Baja California. In 2007, Guzik completed the construction of the first prototype of an underwater capsule, Nereida, a musical instrument to interact with cetaceans. Guzik presented his work with cetaceans, immediately following his visit to the North of Scotland to meet bottlenose dolphins in the Moray Firth, as part of the research phase of a new project with Arts Catalyst.
Mark Simmonds is an environmental scientist and marine biologist, specialising in the problems facing marine mammals in the 21st century. He the Senior Marine Associate Scientist with the Humane Society International (HSI) and was previously the International Director of Science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.