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Art and Science Collaboration

The panelists will discuss how the partnership/collaboration developed with the students and staff at the GTMRR, the logistics of the installation itself, and why these academic/artistic/community partnerships are such valuable and impactful learning opportunities for students at Flagler.

Date: Tuesday, February 20th

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Virginia Room, Ringhaver Student Center 



Oliva Block

Student panelists

  • Amelia Weber, class of 2021, Art Education major
  • Mason Mushinski, class of 2019, majoring in graphic design with minors in advertising, business administration, and fine art
  • Cate Donohue, class of 2020, Journalism and Media Production major

GTM NERR panelists

  • Michael Shirley, PhD, Director, GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve
  • Nikki Dix, PhD, Research Director, GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve

Art Installation

In October 2016, Olivia Block was the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum’s first artist’s in residence. She spent a week at Flagler conducting workshops with students, and gave an interactive public performance in Ponce Hall’s Rotunda. She arrived not long after Hurricane Matthew, where the storm’s effects were still very visible throughout the city. During her time in St. Augustine, she spent a bit of time at the beach taking field recordings, and became interested in the idea of how we might view listen to the sounds of this specific locations through the “acoustic lens” or filter of climate change.  Her research led to her to Planning Matanzas, a project led by the University of Florida and Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve that studied the current and potential future impacts of climate change, as well as the lecture by the principal investigator for that project, Dr. Kathryn Frank at Flagler College, February 10th, 2016, that was part of Heritage at Risk: Climate Change, Coastal Communities & Cultural Resources lecture series.

The installation will include recorded materials from the oyster reef and marshes at GTM Research Reserve and related visual materials. Block is interested in the conservation research work by GTM. Additionally she is interested in the presentation of science education to the public--dioramas, interactive features, living specimen presentation, narrative, and artistic design. This piece will present raw materials-field recordings, scientific data, photos from on site, in two different contexts-museum space and science pedagogy space.

Olivia Block

Olivia BlockOlivia Block is a composer and media artist based in Chicago. Her recorded compositions combine field recordings, chamber instruments and electronic textures, and others. Block creates multimedia installations and performances utilizing field recordings, found sounds from micro cassette tapes, video, and curated 35mm slides, and her current work reflects her interests in site specificity, ethnographic sound, architecture, and found/archival materials from the 1950’s-1990’s. Block often performs her own solo pieces, utilizing electronically processed amplified objects, found recordings on tapes, and various techniques inside grand pianos.  

Her studio based compositions are published on And/Oar, Cut, Erstwhile, Glistening Examples, NNA, and Sedimental, among other labels. She has created site specific multi-speaker installations for The Sanitorium in Sokolowsko, Poland, The Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, Chicago, and the Olympics in Turin Italy, among others. She has performed and premiered pieces in festivals throughout America, Europe, Scandinavia, and Japan. Block has been interviewed on NPR's Morning Edition, Wire Magazine, Musicworks Magazine, Blow Up, Chicago Reader, and many additional podcasts, publications and radio programs.