I believe that we, as visual artists, when collaborating with scientists, have the capacity to convey important issues of our time, such as ocean pollution and contamination, in a way that can potentially reach people more effectively than by hard data alone. In this project I will continue my work on a series of video "shorts", photography, and photography books. To be at the largest "plastic island" in our oceans, documenting what I see, spending time with the science team, and producing a visually and politically compelling body of work, is a critically important facet of my work in this coming year.
I will be guest crew onboard the SeaDragon, a research vessel run by Pangaea Explorations, with Algalita Research as the scientific research partner. From July 7-27, 2011, SeaDragon will be sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver through the North Pacific Gyre, the largest floating "island" of plastic waste in the oceans. I have been doing a substantial amount of research and artwork relative to ocean plastics, in video, photography, and sculpture. This SeaDragon voyage would allow me to experience directly how plastic waste collects in the ocean's gyres, and learn from the lead scientists how the areas are mapped, measured, and analyzed. I have reserved a spot on SeaDragon, but the cost is prohibitive, at $10,000. for the voyage itself, and approx. $2500. for my travel to and from boarding SeaDragon.
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