Michael Begg, one of the two commissioned artists from the Ocean ARTic project, has been selected as one of two new EMBracing the Ocean Artist in Residence 12 month programme by the European Marine Board.
Michael is an award-winning experimental composer and sound artist based in Scotland, and Emily Lartillot, a French dancer, dance teacher, and choreographer with Steps For A Change (SFAC) dance company, have been selected as EMB’s first artists-in-residence as part of the EMBracing the Ocean programme. The programme is endorsed by the UN Ocean’s Decade and started in spring 2022. After 70 applications, the EMB awarded both artists €10,000 to produce and disseminate new art works in any discipline through a two-way co-design process with Ocean scientists.
Through the collaborations faciliated by POP under the Ocean ARTic project Michael worked with marine and climate researchers from Edinburgh and Germany to produce his album Light Water is Black Water (now available to be streamed linked here). Michael will now work with researchers based at Alfred Wegener Instutite (AWI, Germany), Hokkaido University, Japan, and the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, with a focus on the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.
POP wishes Michael all the best with his future endeavours!