Decompression is a website created by electronically collaging multiple stories, documentation, and images of the contiguous worlds of technology, science, and art to create a living laboratory in cyberspace. Decompression documents and expands Beaumont’s earlier project entitled Ocean Landmark, an underwater work on the floor of the Atlantic, made of 500 tons of processed coal-waste, a potential pollutant that has undergone a planned transformation into a flourishing ecosystem. Decompression provides a public space where people can experience the Ocean Landmark and participate in the living laboratory of the website.
New York, NY
Betty Beaumont has produced a significant body of environmentally and socially concerned research-based projects. Her work has been shown in New York at P.S. 1 Museum, the Queens Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, and the Pollock Krasner Foundation. She has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, SUNY Purchase, and New York University.