Modelling plankton with origami is surprisingly similar to modelling them with scientific computer simulations, says ecologist and origamist Neil Banas – and it can open up fresh approaches to picturing the richness of life in the oceans.
“Most of life in ocean ecosystems unfolds at scales that are too small to see (like microscopic forests of plankton), too large to grasp (like migration and current pathways that span entire hemispheres) or hidden in near darkness (in the deep sea, or behind blankets of cloud). Scientific approaches and mathematical principles help us gain insight into these unfamiliar worlds and the changes they are undergoing, but even the best tools we have leave as much unseen as they reveal.”
And this is where origami comes in – and crochet and paint as well. He’s joined by composer and crochet artist Emily Doolittle, to describe how they mix geometry, algorithms, and soft and rough organic forms in explorations of Scottish sea life and seascapes.
You can see these and other items on display in the Ship of Fools Gallery in an exhibition running through the Festival. It also includes the work of another Glasgow-based artist who models plankton – painter Michelle Campbell.
Tickets £6 & £4 can be booked through this LINK.