Behold The Ocean


2-3 weeks in June 2022

From Punta Arenas to Cape Horn

Lead Scientist

Maximiliano Vergara

Marine Biologist and Oceanographer from Osorno, Chile

Expedition route map

Expedition route 2022

High latitude geographical regions, particularly those with large areas covered by glaciers, are expected to be among the most affected environments by climate change. One of the most globally spread and harsh consequences of climate change is Ocean Acidification: increasing CO2 gets into the ocean water, changes its chemistry, and decreases the overall pH of the ocean, threatening the marine ecosystem which affects the entire world. This phenomenon is one of the main focuses of our expedition. When we come back, we will publish the gathered data on-chain to contribute to climate research: CO2, pH, salinity, oxygen, and other parameters. Our base on land is Centro IDEAL in Punta Arenas, with whom we collaborate for equipment and technical garment. We will navigate the route with Capitán Hugo and his local crew on his new ship El Huracan.

We will sail from Punta Arena along the Strait of Magellan to Yendegaia to recover a sensor from the Beagle Channel from a past research project Max worked on. Passing the famous glacier alley and Chilean fjords, we’ll continue to the Met Station and will eventually reach Puerto Williams where we plan to spend a day. We’ll continue to Puerto Toro, the southernmost permanently inhabited community on the globe, and navigate all the way down to Cape Horn and its monument, the southernmost point of the Americas – Antarctica is just around 600 km away from here, on the other side of the Drake Passage.

We’ll return from Cape Horn to Punta Arenas after a day or two.

We plan to be at sea for 14-16 days, but the exact duration will be determined by the weather. There is additional space on the ship for up to three collectors at no additional cost. Please contact me if you’d like to apply for a spot. A form for the applications will be available in April.

The Cape Horn expedition milestone on our roadmap is generously supported by algorist, apeirographer, and collector Daïm Al Yad: his project Thereidoscopes, released on artblocks in 2022, forwards 10% of the primary sales and 100% of secondary sales’ royalties to the expedition fund.

‘Each work in this apeirographic series is at once a dynamic work of art and an interactive instrument of insight into some of the biomorphic inhabitants of the mathematical realm…– Mathematics goes deeper than we are taught.’

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Chapter 1

Behold The Ocean 1/1 Photography Collection. Minted on manifold ERC721, stored on Arweave.

Chapter 2

SOURCE – Behold The Ocean Collectibles. Generative Photographic Collectibles.

Monochrome Collection on Tezos

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Artist Residency Photoforum Pasquart, Switzerland

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Solo Exhibition Photoforum Pasquart, Switzerland

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Behold The Ocean NFT event, Photoforum Pasquart, Switzerland

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NFC Lisbon

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Interdisciplinary science & art expedition from Punta Arenas to Cape Horn

Publishing of environmental data gathered on the expedition to Cape Horn

Minting of Chapter 3


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Behold The Ocean photography book, published by edition fink, Swiss publishing house

Solo exhibition Centre Photographie Geneva, Switzerland

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