Extract from the Essay
Ocean Semiosis by Abigail Susik
Oceanic expanses have long been perceivable as overdetermined cultural signs in various geographic contexts and historical periods, and today’s fraught rhetoric about this liquid sphere is no less complex and conflicted.
The ocean is foremost a multimodal space, a contested place, an ever-changing ecosystem, and a daunting physical medium in the domain of human somatic experience. However, it is also crucial that, as individuals, we continue to remind ourselves of a less literal side to our interactions with and considerations of this environment.
There is still a need to contemplate the ongoing conventional status of the ocean as a readable text, a perceivable representation, a demonstrative index, and importantly for the present moment— a seemingly communicative entity.
© 2013 Abigail Susik