Wounded Waters
Polina Zabrodska
A 3D immersive and interactive installation that consists of 3 domes/rooms telling a story of ocean noise pollution.
Ocean noise pollution is a growing environmental concern that has received increasing attention in recent years. It refers to the increase in underwater sound levels caused by human activities, such as shipping, oil and gas exploration, construction, and military sonar. This increase in noise levels can have a significant impact on marine life, particularly on species that rely on sound for communication, navigation, and finding food. The effects of ocean noise pollution can range from temporary hearing loss to permanent physical damage and even death.

One of the main causes of ocean noise pollution is the increase in shipping traffic, as larger and faster ships produce more underwater noise. This can interfere with the ability of whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals to communicate, leading to a disruption of their social structures and affecting their ability to find mates and raise their young.  And the use of military sonar has been linked to mass strandings of whales and other marine mammals, as the intense underwater sound waves can cause physical damage and disorientation. To address the issue of ocean noise pollution, it is important to increase public awareness and promote research on the effects of underwater sound on marine life.
Research Questions
  1. What is ocean noise pollution and what are its major causes?
  2. How does ocean noise pollution affect marine life?
  3. What can we do about it?
Ocean noise pollution is an unfamiliar problem for many people, so I want to raise awareness and motivate them to help solve it. My installation tells a story, with each dome playing a crucial part. Visitors start by learning the importance of maintaining healthy levels of noise in our oceans. They then discover the difference between healthy and disrupted levels of ocean noise, accompanied by real soundwaves of marine life (e.g., a blue whale) and artificial sounds (e.g., boats). Finally, the story concludes with a concrete solution - reducing noise pollution from shipping vessels.

The domes are made of frosted glass and are located by the ocean at Lands End, immersing visitors in nature and the sound of waves throughout their experience.
Connie Hwang–Primary Advisor
SJSU Professor, Graphic Designer
Julio Martinez–Secondary Advisor
SJSU Professor, Graphic Designer
Andrea English–Tertiary Advisor
SJSU Professor, Graphic Design
Member of Sea Change Design Institute
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