The Project

Behold The Ocean is the first NFT photography project of its kind: with my work, I am funding a climate change-relevant scientific expedition to the southernmost point of the Americas: Cape Horn. I am planning the expedition together with my collaborator Max Vergara, ocean scientist from Patagonia. We will sail with a local captain and crew, and take adventurous collectors with us. We are a non-institutional, non-political interdisciplinary expert team.

First, science enabled my work as an artist. Now, I enable science through art on the blockchain.

Usually, environmental research is being funded by institutions and the gathered data withheld for a long period of time. Setting up an expedition like the one we are planning now, can take years.

We don’t have as much time.

With web3 technology and community, Behold The Ocean revolutionizes how science is funded, communicated, and accessed: after our expedition to Cape Horn with local oceanographers, myself, and a few collectors, we will publish the gathered data open access to use for everyone for free.

I want to create a self-sufficient cycle of art and science where both serve as a vehicle for one another, while empowering collectors to become part of a revolutionary project that bridges the gap between climate research and society.

The Making Of
December 2020, I traveled to the Southernmost of Patagonia to embark on a scientific expedition with two young oceanographers from Chile: Max and Marco. It was a personal project planned since November 2019. The pandemic made everything more difficult but even more urgent.

A poetic visual non-fiction story about an intimate relationship with the earth’s largest organism – the ocean.

Behold The Ocean is an artistic exploration of two marine researchers’ working conditions in Chilean Patagonia. They travel by simple boat across the Strait of Magellan to the Santa Inés glacier to study the effects of climate change on the marine ecosystem. The work foregrounds the subjectivity of the two young scientists and tells of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on climate research.

Maximiliano Javier Vergara Jara and Marco Antonius Pinto began their research expedition to the glacier of Isla Santa Inés in December 2020 after months of quarantine.

The projects highlights the challenges young researchers face in these extraordinary times and what climate research looks like in places where economic resources for science are limited by international standards. Southernmost Patagonia acts as an ‘open-air laboratory,’ as the extreme conditions on the ground are already showing us what other parts of the world can expect in the future.

The friendships that emerged out of this project are the foundation on which I am able to build this innovative NFT experience.