Imagine Science Films Artist Mara G. Haseltine's Live Performance of "La
Bohème: A Portrait of Today’s Oceans in Peril" with Advanced Screening of
New York, NY, October 04, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Internationally renown environmental Artist Mara G.
Haseltine invites the public to a groundbreaking live performance of "La Bohème: A Portrait of Today's
Oceans in Peril" and advance screening of "Invisible Oceans" with artist and director Emily Driscoll.
Taking advantage of the impressive multimedia capabilities of the brand new Made in NY Media Center,
Mara will unveil a set of film installations observing scientific, digital, and natural processes. The
centerpieces of this evening, will be "La Bohème: A Portrait of Today's Oceans in Peril" and an advanced
screening, "Invisible Oceans" with Director Emily Driscoll at 9pm. Followed by a fun and lively Q&A
with the Director and Artist.
La Bohème: Depicts the poor young poet Rodolfo, who falls in love with Mimi, a young grisette who is
dying of consumption. In this case, Mimi is the plankton sculpture ensnared in plastic -- a representation
of our ailing oceans. The performance intends to highlight the close relationship between humans and the
health of the microscopic world, in particular our oceans. The Preview short film of "La Bohème: A
Portrait of Today's Oceans" had its world premier at the agnès b. gallerie at 50 Howard St, NY, NY and
was co-directed by Imagine Science Film's Alexis Gambis,. The work will be showcased along with a
Joseph Bartning of the Salzburg Opera.
"Invisible Oceans": Plankton and Plastic, Art of the Microscopic Ocean, A film by Emily V. Driscoll. The
film showcases how during a Tara Oceans expedition to study the health of the oceans, the NYC sci-artist
Mara Haseltine finds an unsettling presence in samples of plankton she collected. Not only did the
samples contain the delicate otherworldly forms of plankton but also shreds of sunlight-degraded plastic.
This discovery inspired a series of sculptural depictions of oceanic plankton entwined with plastic, that
demonstrate that our fate is intimately linked with that of our oceans. Plankton plays a crucial role in
regulating our planet's atmosphere, creating half of the world's oxygen.
Guests will be invited walk into the beautiful and disturbing microscopic world of a sample droplet of
today's ocean water (set to Puccinni's 1840's Opera) and experience the newly unveiled "Ravenous
Ctenophores" - new animations of plankton and invisible pollutants like the chemicals that compose
"PCB's" and "Prozac."
This event will be the culmination of Mara G Haseltine's year long artist residency with Imagine Science
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Mara G. Haseltine is an internationally renowned artist known for her sculptural renditions of
microscopic life forms. She was an early pioneer in the translation of bioinformatics into three
dimensional forms. She is an ardent environmentalist and co-founder of The Green Salon, an international
think tank devoted to environmental solutions. For further information, visit her website at
Emily V. Driscoll produces science, history and art documentaries. Her recent film SHELLSHOCKED:
Saving Oysters to Save Ourselves (40 minutes) won "Best Short Feature" at the 2012 Princeton
Environmental Film Festival. Driscoll has spoken about fostering our planet's health at conferences,
natural history museums, theaters and universities in the U.S. and Canada.
Mara G. Haseltine
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