Acoustics and Art Collaboration

Lindsay Olson points to her artwork.


CARE faculty collaborate with artists to help interpret acoustics research in new and exciting ways. In 2019, textile artist Lindsay Olson from Columbia College Chicago created two pieces of art that visually document the underwater soundscape of sea life in the Atlantic Ocean. Inspired by her time aboard the ADEON cruise with CARE director Dr. Jennifer Miksis-Olds, Olson's embroidered silk panels illustrate the daily migration of zooplankton, the sound-enhancing layer in the ocean, phytoplankton, and the dramatic vocalizations of marine life gathered by hydrophones (a type of underwater microphone). Olson has written three articles based on this experience, which have been published in the Illinois Science Council, SciArt Magazine, Art the Science Blog, and