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Mark Dion and Scientist Lisa-ann Gershwin at Le Laboratoire Cambridge

  • Le Laboratoire Cambridge 650 East Kendall St. Cambridge, MA 02142 (map)

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Artist Mark Dion and Scientist Lisa-ann Gershwin discuss The Trouble With Jellyfish with David Edwards.

The Trouble with Jellyfish is a contemporary art installation by Mark Dion.  Across the world's seas, jellyfish blooms of impressive magnitude are signaling ecological disturbances and a dramatic deterioration of the marine environment.  While these troubles are beginning to garner public attention, what to do remains unclear. Mark Dion, working with students in David Edwards' Harvard University class, and marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershwin, decided to do an experiment.

This exhibition, the 20th experiment of Le Laboratoire, explores jellyfish as seen historically through culture, the marine biological challenges associated with jellyfish and degrading ocean biodiversity, the notion of a "dead zone" and our roles in their global emergence, and what, if anything, we might do to move toward a saner and safer ocean environment tomorrow.  

The Trouble with Jellyfish is sponsored in part by the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with the New England Aquarium.