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3 January 2021

Landslides in Art Part 34: Landslide (Bergsturz) from Intermezzi, Opus IV by Max Klinger

Landslides in Art Part 34: Landslide (Bergsturz) from Intermezzi, Opus IV an etching by Max Klinger produced in 1881

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11 June 2020

Landslides in Art Part 33: Vue du vallon entre le Rossberg e le Rigi apres la terrible catastrophe du 2e Septembre 1806

Landslides in Art part 33: Vue du vallon entre le Rossberg e le Rigi apres la terrible catastrophe du 2e Septembre 1806 by Gaspar Rahn, which depicts the Goldau landslide in Switzerland.

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7 April 2020

Landslides in Art Part 32: The Jungle Book

In the 2016 Walt Disney film The Jungle Book, the main character (Mowgli) gets caught in a large landslide triggered by heavy rainfall.

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19 December 2019

Landslides in Art Part 31: Leonardo da Vinci

A new paper in the journal Landslides (Margottini 2019) suggests that Leonardo da Vinci depicted at least two landslides in his wonderful drawings

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18 September 2019

Landslides in Art Part 30: Erica Putis

Landslides in Art Part 30: “Doing the Electric Landslide”, an oil painting by Erica Putis, part of her Man Made Destruction series

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11 June 2019

Translating the wonder of the sea

I am quite sure the very first explorers were crazy. Looking out to the horizon and seeing nothing but water, why on earth would anyone ever traverse those endless waves, into the unknown? Of course, it is the same reason that compels us to tackle new problems and learn new things every day: an interest in the world around us; curiosity.

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9 June 2019

Improving the odds

Overnight, the ‘star sieve’ returned several hundred grams of rocky material with characteristics similar to what we are looking for in meteorites – black-colored rocks with a smooth exterior surface. But when ALL of the samples from multiple sites look that way, you have either hit the jackpot or something else is going on.

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3 June 2019

Curiosity: The cat’s best friend

By Abrian Curington As the artist on board for these sea trials, it is my job to create an illustrated map to commemorate the trip, as well as some illustrated travel journaling. Though it would be great to get right to drawing, before I can lay pen to paper, I get to do copious research. Essentially, this means I move around making notes and doodles of seemingly irrelevant objects and …

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29 March 2019

Reports from three artists-at-sea

The R/V Falkor has three artists along on a research cruise to provide new and different perspectives on ocean research. Here’s what they are doing…

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26 March 2019

Research cruise log: Artists-at-sea

Three artists join the crew to explore new perspectives on ocean science.

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19 March 2019

Research cruise log update: Guaymas Basin

Two videos and an oil painting from the current cruise of the Schmidt Ocean Institute’s R/V Falkor: Microbial mysteries — linking microbial communities and environmental drivers  

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30 December 2018

The creative process in an artist-at-sea experience

I can imagine that for every Artist-at-Sea and for every researcher that has been part of an oceanographic cruise on the Falkor, there have been a variety of very specific circumstances that inspired and triggered their work, making advancements in their research.

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19 December 2018

Technology, Exploration and Clay

Trying to work with clay during an oceanographic expedition focusing primary on autonomous robotic development might sound a little crazy. Ok, probably it is.

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29 October 2018

Brick by brick

For three weeks, the crew and science complement of the R/V Falkor has sailed down the coast of California, from San Francisco to San Diego. We have worked together to take the ROV SuBastian into the depths, beyond the reach of sunlight and—for now anyway—human intervention.

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21 October 2018

Mysterious Structures

With just a few days remaining on the R/V Falkor, I am putting the finishing touches on my paintings and starting to reflect on this whirlwind experience.

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16 October 2018

Collecting from the Deep

Characterizing Venting and Seepage Along the California Coast: Collecting from the Deep By Jennifer Berglund and Charlotte Seid  You might not expect to find snails, sponges, or worms in the emergency room or medicine cabinet, but they are often a surprising source of lifesaving drugs. Marine organisms – mostly those from accessible shallow waters – have enabled the discovery of more than 30,000 new molecules with potential medical applications. And …

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15 October 2018

Mechanical Muse

Leighton Rolley – one of the lead marine technicians on R/V Falkor – has a reputation for wild ideas. When he suggested I use the manipulator arm on our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV SuBastian) to make a painting, I did not want to get my hopes up that such a unique opportunity might be possible.

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10 October 2018

Immersive Experience

As an artist, I have long been inspired by remote environments that thrive in extreme conditions and transform our understanding of life. Enveloping the viewer in atmospheric, outsize scenes of bizarre sea creatures and remote habitats, my paintings aim to evoke the immersive experience of exploration and discovery.

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30 September 2018

Artist at Sea: Perpetual Motion

By taking screen captures of some of the mapping data coming in, as well as some 3D data that chief scientist Susan Merle had gathered on a previous expedition of this region, I was able to utilize this as imagery in my work.

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24 September 2018

The World’s Oldest Camera: The Sun

Artist-at-sea: “It is not every day you get to make art with people from all around the world, literally. I think I must have made a cyanotype with people representing 10+ countries. It was an experience of a lifetime.”

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