Meditation Ocean Constellation presents:

Meditation Ocean: Turtlegrass Meadow

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Meditation Ocean delves deeply into the capacity of contemplative practice to build resilience in community through oceanic meditations and responsive terrestrial actions. The project introduces a new milieu for multispecies mindfulness as a team of meditating scuba divers “breathes with” the wildlife inhabiting each underwater site. M.O. emphasizes the interdependence of individual and communal healing, a deep connection between human and other-than-human wellbeing, and the nonduality of the social and the environmental.

In Meditation Ocean: Turtlegrass Meadow, the premiere iteration of the project, a group of eight divers spends four days in Biscayne National Park in the Florida Keys. Experimenting with notions of buoyancy and what they offer to terrestrial concepts of “grounding” in meditative practice–along with new modes of weightless embodiment–the divers rise from the seabed to float in meditation. This “underwater meditation retreat” is both a live experience and a video production. The resulting footage, captured with three underwater cameras shooting in the round, creates an immersive video installation–an “indoor ocean”–and soundscape. M.O. launches with an exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, in February 2023, with plans being made for touring. The project’s far-flung oceanscape catalyzes a series of workshops, events, and programming connected to hyperlocal issues. Meditation Ocean is a platform for intersectional social and environmental exchange.

Produced with the support of an Artist Residency Award in Film/Video from the Wexner Center for the Arts

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