Science Tarot is a creative science communication project that combines
science, art and mythology into a tarot deck to engage and awaken people's
curiosity about science and the natural world.
As co-creator and lead manager, directed artists and writers towards creation, publication, and promotion of deck, culminating with launch party event at CA Academy of Sciences "NightLife" in 2010. Developed science concepts as metaphor for life stories in discussion with our team and worked with artists to bring those drawings into reality.
Illuminating tree branches above visitors' glowing faces, a display of hand-made fabric and paper-mache lanterns inspired by California native flora and fauna are suspended under a large oak tree.
In 2021, included the addition of Buzzwords: Sound sculptures of large illuminated paper wasp nests, the hive cells glow and emit a chorus of human beings imitating the sounds of bees, crickets, cicadas, mosquitos, bumbles, katydids, hoverflies, and ants.
Listen to Buzzwords on Soundcloud
Transport Your Head was a science art installation involving four hollow
sculpted spherical geodes, each 3' in diameter, raised to
shoulder height by sturdy bamboo tripods. Insert your head
through an opening on the underside, to view and hear an
immersive diorama within.
Each geode contained panoramic sights and sounds from Earth's distant past: Pleistocene, Jurassic, Silurian, and Paleoproteozoic.
To create a place for campers to wash, convene, enjoy a garden space in the desert,
and increase the productivity of the greywater evaporation ponds with the use of
plants native to the alkaline flats of the Big Basin area.
Recipient of a
Burning Man Arts Grant,
Chasm was an interactive environment sculpted from the desert mud, designed to invoke triangulation,
scientific interpretation and contemplation. Parabloid constructs of wood and on-site clay, painted
with mythological characters, withstood the harsh environment and created a geological ruin with a spiritual feel.
In contrast, odd metallic periscopes were wedged into the ground, and at night their viewports and sounds would reveal a glimpse of an astronomical wonder beneath our flat earth.
A nearby metallic book laid out the scientific excavation in an unknown language. Strangers gathered around working with each other to unravel the story of the place. Solo visitors came to quietly sit within its space.
Logan Austeja Daniel — firstname.lastname@example.org