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Djerassi Resident Artists Program and collaborators awarded $500,000 NAKFI Challenge Grant

Woodside, CA - Djerassi Resident Artists Program is proud to be part of a collaborative awarded one of three $500,000 Challenge Grants from National Academies Keck Futures Initiative (NAKFI) for the project "Ocean Memory: A New Cross-Disciplinary Approach to Global-Scale Challenges.” A 15-year, $40 million dollar program funded by the W.M. Keck Foundation, NAKFI was initiated in 2003 to break down barriers between fields and to promote interdisciplinary research. The NAKFI Challenge awards support activities that will carry forward NAKFI’s work beyond its 15 years as an activity of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The project description for “Ocean Memory" reads as follows:
"Memory involves the recall of events, pruned and processed from countless recordings by neural networks and thereby shaping future behavior. The ocean and its inhabitants hold memories of events throughout the evolution of the planet, awaiting our cognition. This proposal established a thriving community exploring and expressing Ocean Memory, a new line of highly evocative scientific inquiry , aiming for a sea change in our ability to address challenges of the Anthropocene. The approach builds upon NAKFI best practices, spanning disciplines required to address agents of memory and adding novel elements of distributed interactive spaces and grants for cross-disciplinary mentoring."

Djerassi Resident Artists Program is the fiscal agent for the grant. The "Ocean Memory" launching team for the award consists of:

  • Jody Deming, University of Washington
  • Daniel Kohn, Kohnworkshop
  • Heather R. Spence, Marine & Bioacoustics Programs, Michelle's Earth Foundation (GRACIASS)
  • Jonathan Berger, Stanford University
  • Timothy J. Broderick, Institute for Human and Machine Cognition
  • Margot H. Knight, Djerassi Residents Artists Program
  • Timothy W. Weaver, University of Denver
For more information, visit or contact Margot H. Knight (