“Under the bay” presented by Unknown presenters


Session Title:

  • Ecosystems – Climate Change (artist talks)

Presentation Title:

  • Under the bay

Presentation Subtheme:

  • Symbiotic Imaginaries




  • ‘Under the Bay’ is a data-narrative telling the story of a world beneath the surface of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in North America. A user can point their cell phone at the water like a microscope and see and hear the hidden invisibilities under the Chesapeake Bay. When they do, a series of animated stories between humans and non-humans emerge. The goal of the project was to share authorship with the microbes and their marine environment as much as possible. Sensors already in the Bay stream live data including pH, oxygen, temperature etc. This data affects how the animation and originally composed sound score of this augmented reality project are perceived.

    The project is by artist Lisa Moren and marine biologist Dr. Tsvetan Bachvaroff who directed the
    science and incoming project data. Stories are written and told by Lisa Moren who art directed the animation and scenes. The sound score is by electronic composer Dan Deacon. Dr. Marc Olano led the software engineering and development for the AR app in IOS and Google Play.