Ocean Swell Program, 2016


Ocean Swell program is a simulation inspired by the ‘Stick charts’ that were made and used by the Marshallese to navigate the Pacific Ocean by canoe off the coast of the Marshall Islands.

The charts represented major ocean swell patterns and the ways the islands disrupted those patterns, typically determined by sensing disruptions in ocean swells by islands during sea navigation.



Polynesian Stick Chart

This charts uses intuitive and inventive notation to describe the patterns of ocean swells.
As a response to the ‘ocean swell program’ uses two different input parameters that generates a tidal wave around two given location of islands. Parameters defines the strength of the wave, i.e. the size of the island which slowly starts to deform an array of points that initially were all linearly lined up as a grid.