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Mathias Foot, Janna Nikoleit, Franziska Rast, Stephan Schakulat


Covering 71% of the Earth’s surface, water is an important part of the global ecosystem. Every development and change in the sea also affect life on earth. Datasets help us to understand conditions and ecological processes such as changes in salinity or temperature. Scientists of various disciplines have spent the last 100 years gathering data in order to analyze it and discover relations between different sets of data. However, the more frequent and more comprehensive studies are being conducted, the more accurate predictions can be made about the future. These predictions directly influence political, economic, and social decision-making processes on a global scale.

30° is a data visualization of marine data in the form of an installation. The measurement data originate from the thirtieth longitude and are printed in chronological order in small typography on three translucent surfaces with a total size of almost 3 x 4 meters. The installation makes the dataset visually readable by illuminating the individual measuring points by a projector located behind the surfaces. Short animations visualize parameters such as temperature, salinity, oxygen, or data fluctuations and comparisons of individual points of measurement. A scale allows the chronological classification of each measurement. 30° hopes to draw attention to the efforts of scientists who have dedicated their work to gaining a better understanding of the sea in order to preserve the world’s oceans.


While still studying, the interdisciplinary team 30° joined together to successfully participate in the annual “University Competition for the Science Year 2016*17”. The group consists of Janna Nikoleit, Franziska Rast (both graduates in Spatial Strategies), Mathias Foot, and Stephan Schakulat (both graduates in Communication Design).
Supported by Science Year 2016*17 – Seas and Oceans (a joint initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue, WiD).

Mathias Foot graduated in Communication Design (BA) from the Interactive Media Department at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts in 2018. Since then he has been working as a freelance communication designer and lecturer for 3D Design in Kiel.
Janna Nikoleit graduated with an MA in Spatial Strategies and Scenography in 2018. Since then she has been working as a designer based in Hamburg in the fields of spatial urban scenography and communication design.
Franziska Rast is currently working on her Master Thesis and will graduate in Spatial Strategies and Scenography in 2019. Apart from her studies she is working in the field of architecture and spatial urban scenography.
Stephan Schakulat graduated with an MA in Communication Design from the Department of Interactive Information Design at the Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts, Kiel in 2018. Since then he has been working as an interactive information designer in Kiel.