Sponge Exchange focuses on ecology and knowledge transfer in two new collaborative installations. Swirling, a four-channel video made with Matt Flowers and Joshua Quarles, produced with a Film/Video Studio residency at the Wexner Center for the Arts, surrounds viewers with projections of underwater coral restoration. Coastorama, inspired by the idiosyncratic sponge-diving dioramas of Spongeorama in Tarpon Springs, examines the coastal climate crisis and its most impacted species. The Coastorama dioramas were made with USF School of Art and Art History students in the Sponge Exchange class, co-taught with John Byrd during a 2019 Kennedy Family Visiting Artist & Scholar Residency. Sponge Exchange was supported by an Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The exhibition was curated by Sarah Howard and organized by USF Contemporary Art Museum.

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Left: Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, Joshua Quarles, Swirling, 2019

Right: Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019–2020

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Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, Joshua Quarles, Swirling, 2019

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Hope Ginsburg, Matt Flowers, Joshua Quarles, Swirling, 2019

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Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019–2020

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Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019–2020

Ashley Rivers and Margherita Tibaldo, Corals: Ocean Warming

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Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019–2020

Leonardo Claudio, Jessie Saldivar, Marissa Snow, Sea Snails: Ocean Acidification

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Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019–2020

Hope Ginsburg, Michael Royce, Joshua Quarles, Maxwell Parker, Gulf of Mexico Bryde's Whale: Endangered Species

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Coastorama Cooperative, Coastorama, 2019–2020

Veronica Brewster and Vivian Fisk, Manatee: Harmful Algal Blooms

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Hope Ginsburg, Maxwell Parker, Natalia Kraviec, Luke Myers, Sponge Exchange Diving Helmet, 2020

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Sponge HQ (2010–2016) and Land Dive Team (2014– ) archives with Breath Portraits (2016), Sponge HQ Wetsuit (2014), Land Diver Certification Cards (2014– ), and Land Dive Team: Amphibious James (2018) documentary

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Sponge HQ (2010–2016) archive

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Hope Ginsburg and Sarah Howard, Bryde's Whale and a Breathing Moon, 2020

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Hope Ginsburg and Joshua Quarles, Land Dive Team: Tarpon Springs, 2020

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Hope Ginsburg and Joshua Quarles, Land Dive Team: Tarpon Springs, 2020