Project Description

Your Ocean, My Ocean (YOMO) brings together a transdisciplinary group of artists and designers to create a collection of intermedia performances and exhibitions. Influenced by philosphies of dialectical naturalism, YOMO takes an integrative approach to exploring aspects of the human-ocean relationship, illuminating ways in which the human desire to transform our environment is unleashing destructive forces that endanger the world and everything in it, including ourselves.

Launching in September 2021 through Eco Art Lab, YOMO: Interactive is an online project with an engaging game-like interface that enables viewers to create their own story by navigating dance, theatre and music segments responding to the natural beauty of oceans and coastlines. Openhaus Athletics spearheaded a series of coastal creation efforts with a cohort of artists drawing parallels between Cetacean stranding and the return of Afro-diasporic ocean deity Mami Wata to aesthetics currently trending in contemporary culture.

ASL-dance contributed by Deaf Afro-Indigenous choreographer Antoine Hunter flanked movement research by interdisciplinary artists Janesta Edmonds and Jhia Jackson, documentation by creative producer sirE Brooks, and coastal cleanup with athlete ‘Quis Hart.


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