Fading Colours

by Noor Stenfert Kroese


The algae in Fading Colours show the coral-algae perspective of our world. In this partly interactive installation the living conditions of the algae influenced by the almost real-time data on coral bleaching are made visible.

Coral reefs are among the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet. Our world is literally losing colour with the bleaching and disappearance of our coral reefs. Corals are animals that live in a symbiotic relationship with algae called zooxanthellae – they live inside the coral and provide 90% of the food corals need. Zooxanthellae are also responsible for their bright colours. Coral bleaching happens when sea temperatures become too high or low. These little temperature changes can cause coral to drive out the algae. The five living data sculptures are connected to NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch, used to observe and research coral reefs worldwide. The algae create a tangible reflection of the situation of their species and the corals under the sea surface. To keep the algae healthy and alive, you cannot change the reef they are connected to. The other reefs can be explored on the screen.

Amir Bastani – Technical Support
Erick Geiger – NOAA Coral Reef Watch Scientist
NOAA Coral Reef Watch

Artist Bio

Noor Stenfert Kroese is a new media artist and scenographer. From a critical post-human perspective, her works evolve around the relationship between humans and non-humans in spatial performative installations. Her work is inspired by the interconnectedness of science, nature and technology, whereby the intertwinement between her work and the spectators are essential. Her work does not provide direct answers but seeks the space to ask questions and allow experiences.

kunst university linz
starts logos