Visitors who come across the “Plastic Century” art installation while searching for a sip of water at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco tomorrow may find their options less than appealing: Drink from a trash-filled water cooler or go thirsty.
In a piece commissioned by the academy to mark World Oceans Day (and the 100th birthday of iconic marine scientist and explorer Jacques Cousteau), artist Sarah Kornfeld, marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols, and futurists Stuart Candy and Jake Dunagan set out to show what a century of plastic has done to our environment — and specifically the world’s seas.
6 Billion Tons of Plastic
The team set up four functioning water coolers, labeled 1910, 1960, 2010, and 2030.,each filled with different amounts of plastic garbage — old toothbrushes, film, candy wrappers, drinking straws — according to how much of the material existed (or is projected to exist) on the planet during that time period in an effort to stir up strong emotions about what might otherwise be abstract facts and figures.
“This is something that people can look at and feel on a visceral level,” Kornfeld told Fast Company.
The numbers themselves, though, are staggering. According to the Plastic Century website, 60 million tons of plastic had been produced globally in 1910, a few years after the material was introduced. Today, the cumulative total is 6 billion tons, a number that is expected to more than double by 2030. The project, its creators say, aims “to make visible a phenomenon so widespread that it has become virtually invisible.”
We love this video offering a perspective on the cultural interpretations of time and reality! The beautifully illustrated piece is a delightful counterpart to theorist Phillip Zimbardo’s keynote speech at the recent RSA conference (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).
What’s that you say? Not familiar with the RSA? Well, its sort of like TED, but specifically Brittish, 250 years old, and focused more on researching and funding applicable solutions. Go have some fun exploring their website!
The Guardian has a neat short article on the launch of the Mars 500, a simulator that will put a crew of six men in a small ship replica in a warehouse on the campus of the Russian Institute for Biomedical Problemsâ€”for 520 days.
Their goal is to recreate a return journey to the red planet, spanning a year and a half, complete with simulated emergency situations and realistic psychological pressures.
We just like to see productive efforts to exploring new frontiers :o)
Wow. My dear friend, beloved street artist Swoon has released an incredible book! I just got it. Wow.
She prolly doesn’t remember this, but here’s a picture I snapped of her making Manhattan beautiful back in the day…
Swoon is perhaps best known for her delicate linoleum/wood block prints and paper cut-out portraits. Id say the first half of the book is dedicated to the 10+ years she’s spent making your favorite cities looks oh so pretty. The second half is all about her more recent passion which might be described as floating junk-punk rafts.
See it and believe it…
Seriously, how much fun does this look?
I wish I could grab individual photos from photographer Tod Selie’s Flickr Stream, but it looks like I can only link.
Perhaps you know that before we made chocolate we made music.
Some of my favorite memories from my New York City days was spinning records with DJ Macedonia. I suppose they call him Macedonia b/c he connects the present (possibly the future) of music to its earliest roots. Anyway, he’s a serious selector and Im proud to repost his newest podcast for MOTION RADIO…..for your listening pleasure, I give you episode #13
us & us (may 2010) for motion radio
â€œmy way of dealing with itâ€¦â€
transmitting from mount vernon, new york, usa
supplying musical therapy by way of vinyl, cd, cassette, and mp3
1. The Brand New Heavies â€“ Itâ€™s Getting Hectic (feat. Gang Starr)
2. Malcolm McLaren â€“ B.I. Bikki (intro) [Island]
3. Malcolm McLaren â€“ Eiffel Tower [Island]
4. Silhouette Brown â€“ Constant Questions [2000black]
5. Gil Scott-Heron â€“ Your Soul And Mine [XL]
6. The Clonious â€“ Emora [Ubiquity]
7. Grand Puba â€“ Get It (Caspa Remix) [Scion A/V]
8. Basement Jaxx â€“ Raindrops (Joker & Ginx Remix) [XL]
9. Four Tet â€“ Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix) [Domino]
10. Massive Attack â€“ Special Cases (Akufen Remix) [Virgin]
11. Sophie Rimheden â€“ Donâ€™t Follow [Mille Plateaux]
12. Bolliger & Gloor â€“ MailÃ¤nder Tanzschlag [Codek]
13. Mouse On Mars â€“ Pinwheel Herman [Thrill Jockey]
14. The High Llamas â€“ Showstop Hic Hup (Mouse On Mars Remix) [V2]
15. Floating Points â€“ Truly [Eglo]
16. Freakniks â€“ Kalimba [Scenario]
17. Joe Henderson â€“ Foregone Conclusion [Soul Jazz]
18. Donald Byrd with Guru and Ronny Jordan â€“ Time Is Moving On [GRP]
19. Malcolm McLaren â€“ Lauretta [Island]
20. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid â€“ Our Time [Domino]
Back for 2010, I take a little time to pay respect to the living
legacies of Guru, Malcolm McLaren, and Steve Reid. â€œLaurettaâ€
wouldnâ€™t get out of my head after McLaren died and Iâ€™m not sure how
many people would even reference his Fans EP, seeing as how itâ€™s this
weird combination of R&B with operatic arias. Outside of that, just
playing some releases from this year and last year that have captured
my interest, bringing along some cuts from previous years to tie
together the loose ends.
Back on my listening room/side room selections thing again. Been way
from it too long. It feels good to be back. Hope this one finds you
in a good placeâ€¦