S E A S: Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences
As climate crises increasingly impact Earth’s citizens in ways both volatile and slow, reconsideration and redesign of human systems, behaviors, and interactions become vital for survival. Captained by founder Juliann Ma, S E A S explores creative possibilities to spark reform of how we understand, live in, & treat our home.
What we do : craft immersive, visceral arts experiences exposing the nature of ecological events as supported by current scientific research, to awaken audiences to human impact on particular organisms, communities, and larger ecosystems. Films, performances, workshops, exhibitions, and live panels are part of our regular output.
Our mission : to challenge and diversify traditional identities, audiences, and roles of music, dance, and scientific research, and serve as an open platform for all to share, learn, and innovate towards sustainability with equal footing, across segregated fields, heritages, and socioeconomic status – that all may benefit through collaboration.
Our joy : S E A S works collaboratively. Because everyone contributes unique expertise, our process becomes richly creative and fun! The entire team workshops each project together – research contributors, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, all offering observations on storyboard, music composition, and choreography during “draft period” in order to shape and sharpen the work into its final form.
Our hope : We’re inspired to take an active role in safeguarding the home we’re all a part of, and hope to inspire you to! You are a citizen of the Earth ; make your voice heard!
*Team suggestions : Develop understanding of local environments and circumstances. Stay up to date with the latest research (we recommend ‘Nature’ and ‘Science’ publications for reference). Consider your personal, professional, and social practices, observing how diet (agriculture, esp. cattle), energy consumption (fossil fuels/ renewable), and materials use (waste management/ full product lifecycle and reusability) affect the planet on a global scale (making changes wherever possible). Switch over to green energy. Reduce nature-unfriendly usage (e.g. single-use plastics). Increase biodiversity and forest conservation efforts. Maximize education and policy on sustainability, most importantly, emphasizing transparency and accountability of producers and systems. Through awareness, behavior choice, consumer and voting power, and outreach, transformation is possible!
‘Isostasy’ (2018) addresses melting glaciers due to global warming. Introduced by Jared Brewer (S E A S environmental research contributor and consultant) and Jesse Obremski (S E A S choreographic consultant). Directed by Juliann Ma (piano and electronics), choreographed and performed by Peter Farrow and Thomas Woodman (dance) ; music composed by Marc Evans (original title : ‘Formations’).
We would like to give special thanks to :
‘Chasing Ice’ filmmakers and research team for their incredible work informing and inspiring all of us, and highly recommend their beautiful documentary, available on chasingice.com and Netflix. The short clip referenced is intended to provide context for Isostasy and pay tribute to their research (no infringement intended).
‘Rise, Awaken’ (2017) : In their debut music video, S E A S draws us into the world of birds. The artists step into the skins of a species endangered by our continued exploitation of our environment and are transported instantly into their realm, fraught with hunger, disease, plastics, pollution, deforestation, fires, and oil spills. Trapped in bird bodies, the artists undergo a transformation, until the human spirit and bird are one, suffering and diminishing together.
S E A S featured their first major production ‘Plastics, Coral, Ice & Earth’ on April 11th at Yamaha Artist Services New York, showcasing a program including 2 world premieres, ‘Plastisphere’ and ‘Isostasy’, and opening a live discussion with a panel headed by S E A S’s environmental consultant, Jared Brewer (PhD, Colorado State; previous: NOAA Knauss Fellow). The production highlighted 3 global concerns which intersects at the ocean: endangered coral reefs, melting glaciers, and the impact of plastic. Most recently, S E A S featured these works at Caroga Inter-Arts Symposium’s MyHil Film Series in collaboration with Chasing Coral, and at “Art as Insight” exhibition at the reknowned cultural Heritage Space in Hanoi, Vietnam.
Previously, S E A S hosted their first public Workshop at The New School in May of 2016, through which they tested and built upon their choreography live with their audience. In November the same year, S E A S, gave its world premiere performance of Ravel’s complete Miroirs suite as part of Mannes Sounds Festival : “Mirrors of Nature”, curated by J.Y. Song. After subsequent performances including at Louis K. Meisel Gallery, General Consulate of France, New York, S E A S released its debut music video ‘Rise, Awaken’ and choreographed a unique version for Juliann’s solo debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. S E A S was founded in 2015.
S E A S has been made possible in part thanks to the Marin Alsop Entrepreneurship Award and Father Merlet Grant. S E A S salutes Maestro Marin Alsop (Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), Ms. Norma Deull, and Pro Musicis Foundation for their support through these grants, and to Mannes : The New School for Music and Yamaha Artist Services Inc. for generous extension of their resources. Additionally, we thank the following individuals for their unconditional contributions, consultation, and general support : Bonnie Barrett, Stefania Bulbarella, Shimon Dotan, Hope Dougherty, Stanislav Fridman, John Haag, Casey Hess, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Ilia Lebedev, Qing Qing Miao, Katherina Nguyen, Joe Patrych, Miranda Quinn, Aaron Ross, Lara Saldanha, Benjamin Simoens, and J.Y. Song.
S E A S’s growth is now entirely thanks to voluntary participation & gifts of support from audiences and viewers like you! If you would like to support S E A S directly, you’re welcome to make a gift below :
And, we appreciate your sharing our work and posting thoughtful feedback/ discussion on our social platforms! To support, feature, collaborate with, or join S E A S, contact us here. We’re happy to hear from you!
Most importantly, thank you to all the great souls who are working towards sustainability, through science, public policy, outreach, education, arts, mindful practices, and many other domains. We appreciate you, and are glad for the company!