As an interdisciplinary lab, art has a place in research at CLEAR, including through our Artist in Residence program (CLEAR AIR), hosting guest filmmakers, and scientist-artist lab members. In all cases, artists become either guest members or full members of CLEAR and their projects require collective consent of the entire lab. Projects include:
- Prakash Krishnan‘s “Collective Listening: CLEAR Soundscapes” (CLEAR AIR, 2021). This project involved lab members listening critically to reflect on their position to land.
- Mukhtara Yusuf (CLEAR AIR, 2020) hosted a conversation with the lab about science, emotion, and intelligence. There is no documentation from this project.
- Bojan Fürst created a photographic series entitled How we do science (2016) using participatory curation.
- Taylor Hess and Noah Hutton of Couple3 Films created a short documentary about CLEAR called GUTS (2019) using a participatory film methodology with the lab.
- Couple3 Films returned in 2020 to create a short series of lab book films called Laboratory Life.
- CLEAR director Dr. Max Liboiron is also an artist, and created three photographic series of scientific samples: Plastic Is Land (2018), Cod Objects (Ingestion Study) (2016) and Dinner Plates (Northern Fulmar) (2015).
Objects from CLEAR, from BabyLegs to scientific samples to photography, have been in included in the following exhibits:
- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum’s permanent collection
- Nature Design Triennial, Smithsonian Design Museum, NYC, 2019-2020
- “Ocean Plastics Lab,” an international travelling exhibit that traveled to Lisbon, Paris, Brussels, Berlin, and Washington DC, among other places, 2017-2020.
- “Overflow,” Gallatin Galleries, New York City, NY, 2019.
- “Plastic Soup,” (permanent exhibition), Canadian Museum of Nature/ Musée Canadien de la Nature, Ottawa, ON, 2019.
- “How we do science on permanent plastic pollution,” The Study, Philadelphia, PA, as part of the Anthropocene Campus, 2017.
- “From Outrage to Action,” curated by Keith Miller, Gallatin Galleries, New York City, NY, 2017.
- “Resistance After Nature,” curated by Kendra Sullivan and Dylan Gauthier. Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 2016.
- “Emergent Ecologies,” curated by Eben Kirksey, Lissette Olivares, Grace Glovier, Cody Kohn, Kayli Marshall, Greg Umali, and Alexandra Palocz. Kilroy Metal Ceiling, New York City, NY, 2016.
- “Ethnography in the Expanded Field,” organized by Barbara Adams, Scott Brown, and John Bruce. Curated by Xavier Acarin. Graduate Institute for Design, Ethnography & Social Thought, New York City, NY, 2016.
- “Plastic GYRE,” traveling exhibition of science and art on marine plastic pollution, including to the David J. Spencer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Museum, Atlanta & the Anchorage Museum, Alaska, 2014-2015.