A University art project aimed at highlighting the connection between art and science features in a new exhibition at Swansea’s Mission Gallery.

Underwater Words I & II is a collaborative and creative project that challenged diverse audiences to think and share their views about rivers and underwater environments.

It was co-created by Swansea University’s Freshwater Interdisciplinary Research and Engagement Laboratory (FIRE Lab) in collaboration with poet Asha Sahni and 106 participants from around the world.

Taking the form of a digital diptych designed by the FIRE Lab’s Daphne Ioanna Giannoulatou, Underwater Words I & II consists of two independent videos sharing one screen.

Dr Giannoulatou said: “We are very proud the video has been selected for exhibition. This is a unique chance to connect more with Swansea’s wider community and hopefully stimulate creative thinking inspired by science and art.”

Her role at the FIRE Lab, which is based in the Department of Biosciences, sees her designing creative ways of engaging with diverse audiences to understand their relationship and learning about river ecosystems, as well as optimising how science ideas can be communicated through the medium of art and studying interdisciplinary collaborations between scientists and artists.

The artwork, funded by Welsh Government and ERDF, is on show at the Mission Gallery’s The Screen until Saturday, 17 July.

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