NEWTON HARRISON (1932-2022)
The AlloSphere Research Group sends it sincerest condolences to the family of Newton Harrison, who recently passed away. A pioneer of the Ecological Art Movement, Newton was our visionary collaborator on his paradigm-shifting project — the Sensorium. The work of Newton and his wife Helen Harrison (1927-2018) focused on the significance of artists’ insight in society’s more important world problems, culminating in 50 years of research into the world oceans and how the life web has been exploited by humankind. They firmly believed the world’s oceans can heal themselves. The question is: Can humans help accelerate the process?
“I began the Sensorium work investigating what science has done and not done, and recognized that pure research, the kind that led to everything — from the discovery of gravity to the complexities of quantum physics — rarely happens. In science today, monies and desires of funders rule. This has resulted in a situation where responses to ocean degeneration are always behind the curve of ocean degradation (i.e. pollution, acidification, deoxygenation, dramatic reduction of species) and problems proceed at a greater pace than regenerative efforts possible can. Sensorium gets ahead of this curve in the way it free associates, improvises, and then, through unexpected juxtapositions, comes up with resolutions and, above all, imagery, visualizations, and solutions not presently able to be visualized and theorized upon, ultimately leading to a regenerated heat-impacted ocean, where what has been taken from it is less than it requires for its own well-being to continue through time.” (Newton Harrison)
Special Thanks to the Harrison Family and the Center for the Study of the Force Majure