Sustainable Environment through the Arts & Sciences

As climate crises grow and continue to impact Earth’s citizens in ways both volatile and long term, reconsideration and redesign of human systems become increasingly vital to survival. Captained by Juliann Ma, S E A S explores creative paths to spark reform of how we understand, treat, and communicate about our home.

Our mission

1) serve as an open platform for all to share, learn, and innovate towards sustainability with equal footing across segregated fields, heritages, and socioeconomic statuses – that all may benefit through collaboration 2) challenge and diversify traditional roles, forms, and audiences of the arts and scientific research

What we do

Craft immersive, visceral arts experiences that expose the nature of ecological relationships and practices as supported by current scientific research. Awaken awareness and sensitivity to human’s impact on particular organisms, communities, and larger ecosystems. Output includes, but is not limited to, motion picture, live performance, educational workshop, discussion panel.

Our process

S E A S works collaboratively. The entire team – research contributors, musicians, dancers, actors, filmmakers, all – workshops every project together, a process which welcomes unique observations on all components of the work and shapes the rich, final form.

Our hope

We’re inspired to take an active role in safeguarding the home we’re all a part of, and hope we inspire you to! You are a citizen of the Earth, make your voice heard!

Our suggestions for beginners to sustainability

1) Develop understanding of local environments and circumstances. 2) Consider your relationship with your environment, observing how diet (agriculture, esp. cattle), energy consumption (fossil fuels/ renewable), and material use (waste management/ full product lifecycle/ reusability) affect the planet on a global scale. Make conversation, ask bold questions! 3) Make changes where possible : Switch over to green energy. Reduce nature-unfriendly material use and waste (e.g. single-use plastics). Increase biodiversity, wildlife, and forest conservation efforts. Maximize education and policy on sustainability, emphasizing transparency and accountability of producers and systems. Reuse where you can, shop greener when you need something.

Through your awareness, behavior, consumer and voting power, willingness and care, large-scale transformation is possible!

Isostasy

‘Isostasy’ (2018) explores the interactions between weight, motion, and change in the Earth’s system––specifically, melting glaciers and sea level rise as a result of 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. We 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

‘Rise, Awaken’ (2017) draws us into the quiet world of birds. Six strangers shiver awake, having stepped into the skins of another species. Their senses open to experiences never before explored at the human level, encountering phenomena at once shocking yet distantly familiar.

Events

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.

Support

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 and 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!

Our Collaborators