Thursday, 15 March 2012

Annoyed I am unable to upload latest video. The sound and imaging are out of sync when run through Vimeo...?
So far much experimenting and research have taken place throughout this module. A book, a blog, sound, video and social interaction have all been created and worked on throughout. They each support each other and are valuable to the work in constant process. I am not a one trick pony. I have felt very satisfied with the amount of energy and testings that have continuously developed. To have finally accessed the facilities at the Marine Biology Lab. have fulfilled, as always predicted, a further stimulus. Throughout the journey I have learnt a great deal about the subject matter, how it relates to me on a personal level and the effects of this on many conscious levels - from believing in it, disbelieving in it, to then needing to fight for it. And to fight for those who are recognising and acknowledging it. This stuff matters and it is my intention to promote this research that scientists/marine biologists are revealing. Funding is poor in this field and greater awareness and action needs to occur. I wish for my generations after me, that I am responsible for, to live in a beautiful world, as I am currently living in...such a shame humans let it down.

Filter paper samples collected from one sample of sand. Love the variation of colour produced by the soil on the paper. Again more circles to accompany the circle of the washing machine door and the pipe. As can be seen the pipe has made its way into the Studio!

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Had a great meeting with Robyn today. Lovely person, as was her fellow student Vicky whom I briefly met on this occasion. We used the filtration system on 3 samples of Downderry sand. These had beautiful qualities themselves once seen on the filter papers (9 collected in total). I shall be returning in a fortnight to use the microscope and then hopefully take same images. Had a look at one sample today and there was a tiny strand of blue. With the sand it looked dangerously beautiful. Being with Robyn today and discussing the state of the oceans, has highlighted further for me that funding into a solution for this is very necessary. This work has to promote this situation. It's not too late!
Sometimes it can really feel as though you are swimming against the tide. Today was one of those days. And yes, there are people out there who don't care about the environment. Well I'm not one of them...

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Family wiped out with flu has meant little studio input. Now back to work! 

Must check the tides before heading to the beach!
Anticipated collecting sea sounds...and the tide couldn't have been further out! Incredibly calm also. However managed to collect some effective 'trickling' material and great gull sounds PLUS a section of disused pipe....thanks to Jack, Will and Peter who carried and rolled the pipe to my car's boot. Footage of this taken with video. 32mins from beach to boot of car. Now resting in car port waiting for it's next journey to the Studio. Plans to project into the pipe......annoyingly forgot to collect more sand samples in all the pipe excitement!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012  

Monday, 5 March 2012

tomorrow...looking forward to having the acrylic panels cut into 40cm diameter discs for projecting onto....and now to sleep!
1960's washing detergent advert...

The research I am gathering on these microplastics and plastic contamination is leaving me somewhat despondent. Trying to make art work that wishes to pass on a message, yet what is the message now? That we have polluted our oceans for the next 1000years? 

Should the work be based on hindsight? 

Does the work have to provide a message? 

Can the art be a translation/interpretation of the thing that cannot be seen, yet can be discovered by the scientist?

Can I simply create a work that identifies an issue? 

This work must not be aesthetic or I will be accused of celebrating mans creation... plastic ocean.

Two neighbour washing machine documentations made over the past 48hrs. Would have been great to have had the full 7 but alas not this time... Next to edit.

SAS Big Spring Beach Clean 2012 | Surfers Against Sewage

SAS Big Spring Beach Clean 2012 | Surfers Against Sewage

SAS Challenges Plastics Packaging Industry on Marine Litter Crisis | Surfers Against Sewage

SAS Challenges Plastics Packaging Industry on Marine Litter Crisis | Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers against Sewage

Thursday, 1 March 2012    to see her work. 

'the observer and the observed', S.Ede references Derges,  (2005:172)

'What Derges does with water, the American Artist James Turrell does with light, allowing it, as far as possible, to be itself.' 

...this interests me. I hope for the microplastic to be able to deliver something once I have witnessed its presence, and thus allow a new direction to take place within the work.

The video work is not delivering but with it I am able to experiment with projection.

this morning spending some time on reading. part iv: The fragile environment and the future, chapter 8, It's all over, Johnny. Art and the Fragile Environment. Art and Science, Sian Ede, 2005, IB Taurus