Beneath the Sea: Exhibition

See sculptures from Marie Griesmar before they take on their second life — as a habitat for coral reefs.

courtesy of the artist

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


November 10, 2018 6:30 pm - November 29, 2018 5:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


By appointment only; e-mail below.

An ensemble of shapes imbued with warm colors, the sculptures from the Beneath the Sea series adopt an organic language inspired by underwater ecosystems. The work is envisioned as a reef itself, laying on the seabed like new marine architecture, inviting corals to grow upon them.

Beneath the Sea is a solo exhibition by artist, diver, and science communicator Marie Griesmar. Her practice is at the intersection between utopian aims and reality: through installations, paintings, but also publications, Griesmar evokes the dialectic between visible and invisible, as well as the phenomenology of perception.

This exhibition is a product of a three month residency with swissnex San Francisco’s science communication initiative, Pier 17 Science Studio. The program supports emerging artists, scientists, and communicators in developing new ideas, practices, and models aimed at building open dialogues around science, society, and the wider issues facing us today.

A private exhibition opening will take place on Friday, November 9 from 6:30-9:00pm. Those interested in attending, please email

About the Artist

Marie Griesmar is a Swiss artist based between Lausanne and Zurich. Her practice is at the intersection between utopian aims and reality. Through installations, paintings, but also publications, Griesmar evokes the dialectic between visible and invisible as well as the phenomenology of perception. Her work on generative coral reefs led her to pursue a project with the Swissnex Pier 17 Science Studio in San Francisco, where she’ll be working during summer 2018. Deploying a range of references that combines contemporary philosophy, marine biology, or even some post-structuralist writings, she develops a polysemic work imbued with a formal, ecological and narrative research. Griesmar obtained her MFA at the University of Art of Zurich (ZHdK) in 2016. She did her BFA in 2014 at the University of Art and Design of Geneva (HEAD) and studied for a six-month period at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich (AdbK).

SciComm Studio

The SciComm Studio is swissnex San Francisco’s meetup for lovers of science seeking a community to experiment, explore, and connect around science communication and public engagement. Hosted at swissnex San Francisco at Pier 17, these meetups create a space for our community to cultivate science communication skills. We inspire and challenge participants excited by science to share their knowledge through storytelling and interactivity. It’s a win-win: exchange knowledge while developing your own toolkit for scientific outreach.

The Pier 17 Science Studio has support from the Exploratorium, Bay Area Science Festival, TED speakers, museum professionals and art-technology curators. The Science Studio “SciComm Studio” events take science communication out of the box and into the streets. If you find yourself involved in any area of scicomm, or if you are interested in being a part of the movement, join us for our next event!