Ocean Memory: Early Modern Pasts and Uncertain Futures

This project explores the spatiotemporal history of human relationships with the complex system of ocean currents and prevailing weather systems that move between the Indonesian Archipelago and Australia. While there exists a plethora of human histories with ocean currents, and the resulting encounters and cultural exchanges, our focus is what we can learn from the currents themselves. We read the currents as agents of memory, repositories of knowledge, keepers of secrets, and conveyors of wisdom.

This project employs the use of sound in the form of a spoken word description of the currents and how they have carried seafarers over time, as well as, video and music.