Top 100 – Public Voting Open

Time to vote!

Check out our Top 100 artworks and click on the small ♥️ to vote for your favourite art piece. The 5 most voted artworks get a wild card to enter the short list for the final jury judgement! Wanna know more? Have a look at our next steps. 

You have time until the 28th February 2018.

 

Previous photoNext photo
2
there is no away (work in progress) 01
by arbarus
162
Vote now!
Thank you for your vote!
http://universal-sea.org/top-100-artworks?contest=photo-detail&photo_id=1681
2
162
Title:
there is no away (work in progress) 01

Author:
arbarus

Description:
There Is No Away (TINA) is a kinetic sculpture created from reclaimed materials that continuously cycles shredded plastic bottles creating an attractive and hypnotic movement, ‘waterfall of plastic’ and display. Though TINA appears to be a functional ‘recycling machine’ it actually just cycles the waste material in a pointless loop analogous to the current trend for dumping plastic into ‘recycling bins’ as an answer to the problem rather than actually removing plastic waste from the ‘closed system’ of the environment (artwork) and ceasing manufacture of pointless plastic items. The artwork is current in progress to make it interactive by the addition of a commercial paper shredder converted to shred plastic bottles. This will allow people to ‘recycle’ their plastic bottles into the artwork and hopefully understand that There Is No Away –that whatever is created has to go somewhere and that somewhere is actually the closed system, of planet Earth. The expectation is that during exhibition eventually the amount of plastic will overwhelm the device and destroy it. Above the hopper will be a ‘moving ripples sculpture’ through which the shredded bottles will fall (until the sculpture becomes overwhelmed) into the hopper. The aesthetic of the sculpture reflects my belief that the Anthropocene started with the advent of the Industrial Revolution (my studio is in an 18Century cotton mill) and that our current faith that science and / or technology will save us is misplaced. A change is culture at a population and individual level is what is required. The sculpture is designed in a modular fashion to enable reconfiguration to different spaces and exhibition requirements. Through monitoring the number of bottles shredded and showing how much plastic waste this equates to and showing the plastic in a 'non-functional' form I believe adds to the power of the piece and counters the 'out of sight, out of mind' ethos of much waste disposal. I am interested in 1) touring TINA to events, festivals etc to encourage a dialogue about the issues along with providing a strong visual of the sheer volume of plastic waste created at the event. 2) Developing a sister 'positive' artwork that shows how alternate biodegradable and/or not damaging materials can be used in place of plastics. 3) Collaborating with specialists to better be able to engage audiences with both the true issue of plastics in the environment and also possible viable solutions to dealing with the waste that is already present. I believe that any engagement needs to have a message of what the issue is, what the possible solutions are and the vital element of allowing each audience member to go away feeling empowered that there is an action they can take. I am therefore most interested in developing this 'individual action' engagement through collaboration with specialists from non-art areas.
Description:
There Is No Away (TINA) is a kinetic sculpture created from reclaimed materials that continuously cycles shredded plastic bottles creating an attractive and hypnotic movement, ‘waterfall of plastic’ and display. Though TINA appears to be a functional ‘recycling machine’ it actually just cycles the waste material in a pointless loop analogous to the current trend for dumping plastic into ‘recycling bins’ as an answer to the problem rather than actually removing plastic waste from the ‘closed system’ of the environment (artwork) and ceasing manufacture of pointless plastic items. The artwork is current in progress to make it interactive by the addition of a commercial paper shredder converted to shred plastic bottles. This will allow people to ‘recycle’ their plastic bottles into the artwork and hopefully understand that There Is No Away –that whatever is created has to go somewhere and that somewhere is actually the closed system, of planet Earth. The expectation is that during exhibition eventually the amount of plastic will overwhelm the device and destroy it. Above the hopper will be a ‘moving ripples sculpture’ through which the shredded bottles will fall (until the sculpture becomes overwhelmed) into the hopper. The aesthetic of the sculpture reflects my belief that the Anthropocene started with the advent of the Industrial Revolution (my studio is in an 18Century cotton mill) and that our current faith that science and / or technology will save us is misplaced. A change is culture at a population and individual level is what is required. The sculpture is designed in a modular fashion to enable reconfiguration to different spaces and exhibition requirements. Through monitoring the number of bottles shredded and showing how much plastic waste this equates to and showing the plastic in a 'non-functional' form I believe adds to the power of the piece and counters the 'out of sight, out of mind' ethos of much waste disposal. I am interested in 1) touring TINA to events, festivals etc to encourage a dialogue about the issues along with providing a strong visual of the sheer volume of plastic waste created at the event. 2) Developing a sister 'positive' artwork that shows how alternate biodegradable and/or not damaging materials can be used in place of plastics. 3) Collaborating with specialists to better be able to engage audiences with both the true issue of plastics in the environment and also possible viable solutions to dealing with the waste that is already present. I believe that any engagement needs to have a message of what the issue is, what the possible solutions are and the vital element of allowing each audience member to go away feeling empowered that there is an action they can take. I am therefore most interested in developing this 'individual action' engagement through collaboration with specialists from non-art areas.
There are no comments.
You must be logged in to post a comment
Log In
Register