Exhibition The secret world of plankton at the Tara Base

© Le monde secret du plancton par les Arts Décoratifs

From June 2 to 26, 2014

The School of Decorative Arts meets Tara and her scientific missions June 2 – 26, 2014

Tara Base, 11 boulevard Bourdon, 75004 Paris

Inspired by his experience as an artist-in-residence aboard Tara, Rémi Hamoir, professor at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, proposed that teachers and first-year students work on an art project around the theme “Tara and the secret world of plankton.”

The project’s kick-off was a  conference at the school given by Christian Sardet, co-initiator of the Tara Oceans expedition, and Romain Troublé, secretary general of Tara Expeditions. They presented Tara’s activities over the past 10 years – scientific missions on climate change, especially through the study of plankton, and also various creations made by artists-in-residence aboard Tara during past expeditions.

The students then proceeded with scientific observation of marine microorganisms led by scientists Chris Bowler and Christian Sardet, both of whom participated in Tara’s recent missions. This took place at the Institut de Biologie at the École Normale Supérieure in partnership with l’Ecole des Arts Déco. The students then worked on the subject for a month with the goal of producing an exhibition.

The Secret World of Plankton will be the first exhibition at the brand new Tara Base, to be inaugurated in June by the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo. The public will discover through the creativity of art students and their visual interpretations, the latest news about Tara – currently researching plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea.

Exhibition: The Secret World of Plankton

June 2 – 26, 2014

TARA Base, 11 boulevard Bourdon 75004 Paris

Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Free admission

Tara Base is the new meeting place for Tara Expeditions in Paris. Located at 11 boulevard Bourdon, overlooking the boat basin called le Port de l’Arsenal à la Bastille (4th arrondissement), the 400 m2 space will host free exhibits, visits and conferences.