Endemic: The_Marshall_Islands

Existing at the intersection of art, science, and technology, Endemic: The_Marshall_Islands will partner with Digital Life, a scientific non-profit pioneering the 3D scanning of living organisms, and the Marshall Islands Conservation Society, to produce an archive of 35 3D scanned and animated models of the Marshall Islands’ most threatened terrestrial and aquatic life.

Scanned models will be exhibited via solar-powered holographic prisms submerged in small (25-40 gallon) coral reef aquariums; a sculptural correlative to these disappearing species. In addition, holographic prisms will be programmed to fade in relation to the changing weather; enhancing its’ ghostly effect.

The Marshall Islands is made up of 29 coral atolls, averaging 6.5 feet above sea level, and 822,783 square miles of Pacific ocean. Scientists predict sea levels will rise between 2.6 to 6.5 feet by 2100. If these projections are realized, the country will cease to exist by the end of the century.

‘Endemics’ are species that can only be found within a specific geographic region. Of the 2,800 species assessed in the Oceanic region, between 280-570 will be extinct before the end of the century with endemics being among the most vulnerable.

Endemic: The_Marshall_Islands will use emerging technologies such as photogrammetry and 3D modeling. It will advance scientific research and produce data on threatened species. It will produce the first solar-powered holographic displays submerged in coral aquariums. Finally, Endemic: The_Marshall_Islands will bring urgently needed attention to the Marshall Islands, a country on the front lines of climate change.

Endemic: The_Marshall_Islands is currently working on prototyping and applying for fiscal sponsorship.