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WHAT IMPACT DOES HUMAN BEHAVIOR HAVE on the Earth's waters? Two London based architects, working with scientists and environmentalists -

Attempted to create a visual answer to that question for an art exhibition in Italy. Before the  coronavirus, the 30-screen multi-channel media installation was scheduled to open in March at the  Ocean Space art center in the Church of San Lorenzo in Venice.

The installation, ''Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation'' created by John Palmesino and Ann-Sofi Bonnskog, would have featured works bringing together many streams of data on activity in the world's oceans - animal migration patterns, deep-sea mining, shipping routes, fishing - to create what the two architects call ''dynamic paintings.''

The digital work shown on monitors about six feet tall, look like colorful abstract paintings marked with dots and vectors and constantly changing colors that affect the shifting ocean conditions.     

VENICE HAS LONG BEEN ON THE front lines of the climate crisis. In the last two years the city has seen the direct impact of rising global sea levels, with -

With six major floods known as ''exceptional high water events,'' when the sea levels rose above 55 inches. ''In the last 150 years, we only had 24,'' of those events, Mr. Umgiesser said.

''A quarter of them were in the last two years, and that gives us an indication that something is changing.''

''Oceans in Transformation'' was opened as a digital exhibition on May 20 presenting video elements of the works and the research behind the project.

To mark the opening, Ocean Space installed a light-based artwork called ''When Above........'' on the facade of the Church of San Lorenzo, It is a simple, minimalist piece : a life of the LED light marking the spot where scientists predict the lagoon will rise to because of the climate change.

If the waters rise to that level, 10 feet higher than now, the ground story of most Venetian houses will be submerged in 100 years.

The online show is accompanied by a program of online discussions, performances and lectures with speakers on climate change, science and urban planning.

Many of the participants have reflected on how the severe slowdown of human activity caused by lockdowns could help alter the trajectory of climate change.

Markus Reymann, the director of TRA21 Academy an arts and ecology foundation that commissioned the exhibition, said :

''Now it's for the world to see what is happening around Venice, such an iconic city that has been struggling so much under the cruise ships and the masses of tourists and gas emissions. When it stops, there are dramatic changes, there's quiet, there's regeneration.''

As Italy emerges from one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe, cultural institutions are beginning to open up, with new social distancing measures in place.

The Ocean Space arts center plans to reopen to the public on August 27, so that visitors can see the exhibition as it was originally intended.

Jeremy Jackson, an emeritus professor at  the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, who was a consultant to the project, said that the few months of respite from human activities would not alter our path toward disaster, if unaccompanied by further actions.

''It's safe to say that the dial of climate crisis is not turned back,'' Ms. Jackson said. ''We must get a hint of what could happen if we decided to go in this direction.''

The Honor and Serving of the Latest Global Operational Research on Climate Change and Human Activities, continues. The World Students Society thanks author Nina Siegal.

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