Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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7 Sea Apology
by Tom Hackett
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Title:
7 Sea Apology

Author:
Tom Hackett

Description:
I propose to apologise to the Universal Seas on behalf of humanity for the appalling state of plastic pollution. I will do this in two ways, visually through artworks in the exhibition and through directly speaking and apologising to some of the seas themselves. Firstly I will design and print seven beach deck chair fabrics creating a deckchair for each of the seven seas that define the edges of Europe. The Baltic, The North Sea, The Atlantic, The Mediterranean, The Adriatic, The Aegean and The Black Sea. Each design will contain the name of the particular sea, block images of fish and maritime life that live there, images of plastic bottles and collected data which relates to plastic pollution specific to that geographic locality. The fabrics will be bright and cheerful to fit a recreational beach aesthetic and employ meandering typography but will contain clear messages about the problems we face, counterpointing the attractive appearance with the hard facts. (See indicative sample for the Baltic). If chosen I will make an initial three deckchair forms for the first exhibition in Oronsko, Poland (May) then develop the remaining four for October in Budapest, Hungary. As well as the information they will include written words of apology. At the exhibition they will be exhibited in a curved arc shape. For the final show the work will have the seven deck chairs and also a sound collage collected from the three actions along with found sea sounds and spoken apologies from myself and people I talk to during and between the three public actions. For the ‘Three Actions’ I will travel to three different European coasts, equipped with a deck chair and a megaphone. I will pick a public location on the beach and spend a day, reading out the information collected and making an apology to that Sea on behalf of all humanity. This will take place at regular intervals and attract curiosity. This will include short phrases in different European languages. In between the megaphone slots I will talk to those I meet and invite them to make their own apology on behalf of consumer society. These will be written down on an individual paper flag which will then either be planted temporarily on the beach or become a part of the final exhibition and recorded with a voice recorder.
Description:
I propose to apologise to the Universal Seas on behalf of humanity for the appalling state of plastic pollution. I will do this in two ways, visually through artworks in the exhibition and through directly speaking and apologising to some of the seas themselves. Firstly I will design and print seven beach deck chair fabrics creating a deckchair for each of the seven seas that define the edges of Europe. The Baltic, The North Sea, The Atlantic, The Mediterranean, The Adriatic, The Aegean and The Black Sea. Each design will contain the name of the particular sea, block images of fish and maritime life that live there, images of plastic bottles and collected data which relates to plastic pollution specific to that geographic locality. The fabrics will be bright and cheerful to fit a recreational beach aesthetic and employ meandering typography but will contain clear messages about the problems we face, counterpointing the attractive appearance with the hard facts. (See indicative sample for the Baltic). If chosen I will make an initial three deckchair forms for the first exhibition in Oronsko, Poland (May) then develop the remaining four for October in Budapest, Hungary. As well as the information they will include written words of apology. At the exhibition they will be exhibited in a curved arc shape. For the final show the work will have the seven deck chairs and also a sound collage collected from the three actions along with found sea sounds and spoken apologies from myself and people I talk to during and between the three public actions. For the ‘Three Actions’ I will travel to three different European coasts, equipped with a deck chair and a megaphone. I will pick a public location on the beach and spend a day, reading out the information collected and making an apology to that Sea on behalf of all humanity. This will take place at regular intervals and attract curiosity. This will include short phrases in different European languages. In between the megaphone slots I will talk to those I meet and invite them to make their own apology on behalf of consumer society. These will be written down on an individual paper flag which will then either be planted temporarily on the beach or become a part of the final exhibition and recorded with a voice recorder.
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