Artist Jo Atherton highlights the diversity of plastic objects washing ashore on the British coastline, and how the ubiquity of this material enables us to reinterpret stories of our time. Millions of years ago, fuelled by sunlight, marine plankton flourished and then settled on the ocean floor, slowly transforming into oil. This same oil is used to produce the endless plastic objects that dominate our everyday lives. When inked and printed, plastic flotsam fragments bear a stark resemblance to the rich diversity of microscopic marine life - a worrying and ironic connection to a beautiful natural process.
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Sonya Luz Hinton Constanza uses her life to illustrate how many modern products have plastic components, and how to limit our plastic consumption as much as possible.
She then looks at the average consumption rate of single-use plastic bags worldwide, and points to various cities which have already banned these bags, urging Taos to do the same.
Heroes by the Sea
BY KUNIYUKI OKUYAMA
@ VOL 106
ON SEP 20, 2013
Kuniyuki Okuyama and Andrea Roelofse's heroes are all, in one way or another, connected to the ocean. Okumu-san discusses his time spent as a lifeguard for beaches in Japan and Australia, and Andrea showcases a few sea-related creatives from her homeland, the Netherlands. (in Japanese and English)
This presentation was part of the PechaKucha Global Night 2013, and follows the theme of "hidden heroes."
Ecological Sculpture: Patterns in Nature
BY KIMBERLY CALLAS
@ VOL 21
ON APR 11, 2014
Kimberly Callas is an artist who presents on her current project 'Portrait of the Ecological Self': an artistic investigation that uses sculpted forms of the human body in combination with natural materials to explore images and symbols from nature that strongly connect with the human psyche. This work has recently received a Puffin Foundation Grant and has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and as far a field as Bulgaria.
"Presentation of the Day" on August 21, 2014.
Earth Charter: My Journey of Connecting Ecology and Visual Art
BY LES LUXEMBURGER
@ VOL 7
ON JUN 05, 2015
Les Luxemburger is a visual artist, art educator and creative director. He discusses his projects where he uses visual and eco-art to educate people about environmental issues like habitat loss and climate change.
Message in a Bottle
BY GEORGE BOORUJY
@ VOL 8
ON MAR 04, 2016
George Boorujy was born and bred in New Providence New Jersey, and now lives in Brooklyn, along with almost everyone else. He is represented by P.P.O.W. gallery in New York, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.
Check out George's project, New York Pelagic, here!
Read about the bottle that washed up on a beach in France here!
Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam
BY JAIMEY HAMILTON FARIS
@ VOL 27
ON JUN 10, 2016
“He mimes geological compression, squeezing all of the detritus together to make a post-consumerist stone.”
In Artistic Encounters with Plastiglomerate, Derelict Fishing Gear, and other Pacific Plastic Flotsam from PechaKucha Night Honolulu Vol. 27, Jan Dickey, UHM MFA candidate, and Jaimey Hamilton Faris, UHM Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Theory, will talk about how art engages with the environmental impact of plastic trash in the Pacific Ocean. They will introduce the work of three artists: Kelly Jazvac’s “readymade” plastiglomerate (a newly designated geologic formation of sand, coral, and plastic); Maika’i Tubbs’ attempts to replicate platiglomerate’s geology; and Mary Babcock’s weavings of plastic fishing line found on the shores of the Hawaiian Islands.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" of Thursday, July 21st, 2016.
Art In The Anthropocene
BY SHANNON MCCARTHY
@ VOL 27
ON JUN 10, 2016
Shannon McCarthy shares her response to living in the Anthropocene: the first proposed epoch where human activities have begun to have a significant global impact on the planet’s ecosystems and geology. McCarthy describes the use of ocean plastics and marine debris in her art, how this material is affecting the planet, and how to inspire others to use art as a communication tool for environmental and social sustainability and solution.
Beachcombing in the South East, My Search for a Sea Bean
BY ANDY DINSDALE
@ VOL 5
ON DEC 12, 2016
Andy Dinsdale’s work beach combing and beach cleaning connects the marine debris found on the strandline with the human actions involved upstream.