Sick

Interactive Procedural Animation

Main Visual

Description

Microplastics found in the environment were photographed with a microscope. Examples of plastics merging with natural elements were selected and provided the basis for a procedural animation.

Exhibition Demo

Artist Statement

History and culture in the Arnavons are not written down. It is passed on from generation to generation through song, “kastom” dance and stories. Nature is their medium.

But microplastics have infected the ecosystem in the Solomon Islands at a sinister and hidden level. Cities and their inhabitants are responsible for spreading this infection to remote ecosystems. Nature is fighting the onslaught and odd hybrids of plastic and organic are starting to appear at the microscopic level. This battle for the health of the ecosystem correlated with how a virus spreads and destroys its host. In this artwork, I wanted to show that this spread of plastic will also erase the culture and history of the site. Plastic is a virus and our survival depends on a cure.

About the Exhibition

I was part of a group of student artists that flew to the Solomon Islands as part of the Extreme Environments: The Coral Triangle Exhibition.

Also featured in...

Hong Kong Maritime Museum (Touring Exhibition) from 13 May to 16 June 2017

 

Russell Dela Bueno Balad | russellbalad@gmail.com | Hong Kong

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