Open Waters [Northwest Passage | Open Polar Sea | Arctic + Great Lakes Plastic]

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Session Title:

  • The Ecosophic World: Plants and Biophilic Architectures

Presentation Title:

  • Open Waters [Northwest Passage | Open Polar Sea | Arctic + Great Lakes Plastic]

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Abstract:

  • Open Waters [Northwest Passage | Open Polar Sea | Arctic + Great Lakes Plastic] is an interdisciplinary, interactive multimedia artwork inspired by a five-hundred-year history of expeditions that sought to find the Arctic Northwest Passage and Open Polar Sea. Through a constellation of interconnected pieces including an interactive book and interactive wall projection, Open Waters reworks a number of discursive and visual genres across disciplines. An interactive book features a suite of archival poems on Arctic exploration, politics, and ecological change. As the viewer/reader turns the pages of this print-digital hybrid book, projected digital generative art and poetic text intermingle recombinantly with printed text. The interactive back wall of the gallery combines video and audio generative works that respond to the activity present in the room, evoking the effects of human disruption of the Arctic environment.

    Open Waters also considers the global circulation of microplastics through large format photographs of plastic pollution in Buffalo waterways; an animated, dynamic video projection that incorporates research poetry on plastics pollution in the Great Lakes system; and a floor assemblage incorporating locally collected used commodity plastics as well as raised etched glass panels depicting a historical water route from Buffalo to the Northwest Passage.

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