‘the river is within us
the sea all about us.’
(t.s.eliot – the dry salvages – faber & faber, 1941)
project: hydrospheres (from water to land in a single life)
imaging: macro-photography & photo-microscopy
location: pond and studio, sandgate, kent
date: spring 2008
outcome: giclee print series
in 1926 vladimir vernadsky proclaimed that living matter was ‘animated water’.
during 1994 McMenamin and McMenamin delivered a new and comprehensive view of life on land. the ‘hypersea hypothesis’ was a greatly expanded understanding of vernadsky’s viewpoint. hypersea is the interior ocean, the vast network of interconnecting watercourses that is held inside the terrestrial biomass. for the land to be populated, life had to rise up and out of the sea. to achieve this it had to take the sea with it.
the great biodiversity of land-borne life has evolved countless ways to internally conserve water in what is a naturally desiccating environment. each living being a vessel that must successfully carry our inner fluid throughout the earth’s atmosphere.
all terrestrial life (bar certain bacteria) can be seen as a symbiotic matrix of liquid systems that ebb and flow across the planet’s surface, an interactive unity, a collective cellular watery grouping of all land based biota. hypersea is a rich scientific theory that powerfully enhances our current understanding of nature’s processes and more importantly the level of connectivity that we as humans have with the ecosystem as a whole.
margulis, lynn – the symbiotic planet – weidenfield & nicolson, 1998
mcmenamin mark and mcmenamin, dianna – hypersea, columbia university press, 1994
vernadsky, vladimir – the biosphere – copernicus, 1998 (english edition)
hydrosphere studies #1 – #24
hydrospheres studio process