Offshore Laboratory (Lottie Cantle)

Offshore Laboratory (Lottie Cantle)

In the decade to come, the fabric of British oceanic territory of will be mapped by Research Scientists, whilst the expansion of British Sovereign Territory is considered through the United Nations

Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). This will re-define International borders, provide the opportunities for new attempts at economically beneficial extraction, and will require the development of technologies to bring the dark spaces of the deep sea into visibility. Scientists will be amongst the principal cartographers in this phase of State expansion, as they have already navigated through these areas conducting seismological investigations.

Case study – Cruise 46
Offshore Montserrat, Caribbean Ocean and the Royal Research Ship, The
James Cook.

A voyage to make the uncharted terrain beneath the seas visible. Currently, maritime tradition utilizes acoustic technologies for mapping oceanic sub- surfaces. The research ship is constructed for the purpose of traversing the planet under the framework of varying scientific experiments onboard at any one time. She moves through striated spaces faster than she does smooth and yet she is the architecture that makes claims possible.

This project has come out of one month spent onboard the RRS James Cook, in which time she traveled some 1000 miles southeast from Jamaica’s Montego Bay to Antigua, before collecting equipment and
fresh crew and cruising to Montserrat. As an observer onboard, my cameras were the tools that provided an
ostensible reason to my practice. I am neither a sociologist nor anthropologist, yet I was invited onboard in order to reveal the creativity, the difficulty, and the visual techniques involved in scientific production. It was between these dynamics that attempted to make visible, that I aimed to understand the characteristics of a
scientific marine voyage off of the coast of a British Overseas Territory.

Offshore Laboratory

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