“Oil Compass” explores the potential of the future effects of oil spills on oceans through the convergence of past records with present real-time data. Sey Min and Kasia Molga attempt to envision possible future response for the novel oil spill cleaning technology called Protei: a swarm of autonomous sailing robots that would monitor and clean up oil spills.
Through examining other factors such as changes in fish migration or death and disappearance of certain insects and birds from the affected coastlines, Min and Molga visually conceptualize long-term consequences on the whole planet and human kind. Visitors are invited to navigate through the major areas affected by oil spills around the globe through the interactive installation of screens to explore the diversity of the problem. Can we really connect with the complex subject of oil spills and understand its environmental impact? Based on real-time and real-life updates “Oil Compass” evokes a sense of urgency to the visitors.
Sey Min is a multi-disciplinary interactive designer, who’s interest is in dealing with live data sets in various media formats. Through her projects she re-imagine how humans relate to technologies, to societies and cities, and to environments. She is the founder and organizer of randomwalks.org(www.randomwalks.org), which is half profit/none-profit media art studio in korea. Sey Min received a M.F.A. in the interactive media from Pratt institute.
Kasia Molga is a London based interdisciplinary artist and interaction designer, who explores notions of interconnectedness and hyperlinked world through the deployment of social media technologies. Although poetic and visually beautiful her work questions the effect of instant information flow and connectivity on the perception of self in the context of “Spaceship Earth.” She holds an MA in Interdisciplinary Design from Central Saint Martin College of Art and Design (London, UK) previously studied Fine Arts (MFA) in Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan (Poland).