DEEP DIVE FOR EMPATHY
‘Deep Dive for Empathy’ aims to bridge the gap between our world and the oceans amidst the ongoing environmental crisis. By delving into the interconnectedness of ecosystems, I advocate for a design-driven approach to reconnecting with them. A particular focus lies on the profound impact endured by coral reefs and the dependent marine life. Through my project, I strive to raise awareness about these pressing issues. Exploring viable solutions within my scope, I examine the potential of home aquariums as a means to unite our two realms. By displaying fish in carefully curated environments featuring tailored lighting, backdrops, and decor, I emphasize the profound influence of aesthetics on our perception of objects, systems, and worlds. Employing principles of biomimicry and more than human design, I consider the needs of both fish and humans in crafting structures like the Hydra Hubs. Serving as decorative elements, planters, and shelters, these hubs promote a familiar environment that reduces stress for the fish.
Ultimately, my goal is to illuminate the interconnectedness of our worlds and instil in people a sense of empathy and bond with marine life, thus fostering a commitment to its protection.