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Zooming in on plastic strapping threaded together to form #LitterCUBE                                 J Barton

My ongoing musings on our entanglement with plastic pollution and its interconnectedness  with the sustainability of our environment both here in Scotland and globally was greatly aided by visitng the  most recent An Talla Solais exhibition Murmur an exhibition of 5 women artists  reflecting on Climate Change .

Both the exhibition and a gallery talk by  John McIntyre (scientist) illustrated  the linkage between our actions and changes in world ecology.  John used this diagram called a  ‘Muir Web‘ drawn by Landscape ecologist  Chris Harrison as a visualization of habitat relationships and ecological associations of the Manhattan island, circa 1609.

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John Muir:  “When we try to pick out anything by itself we find that it is bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken, to everything in the universe.”

Our inter-connectedness and responsibility to the environment, our species and each other was further wonderfully delivered that evening in a film of the American  philosopher/artist Donna Haraway entitled ‘Story Telling for Earthly Survival’  by film-maker Fabrizio Terranova.  Donna animatedly tells  anecdotes of her dogs prowess at complex agility courses, adding another layer to her own visual analogy of  our ecological and social mesh being as a ‘Cats Cradle’

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As I begin to select elements of the NEO Terra exhibition to take to Holyrood  in December to share with MSP’s and Ministers I am convinced of the importance of taking the #LitterCUBES particularly this one made from strapping  to help with imagining the depth and complexity of the issue that we are all enmeshed in.

COPcube2 - J BartonMy intention is to engage as many people as possible in the seeing of  the ecological web/mesh we hold in our hands.  To do this I am working up an idea to tour the       #LitterCUBES ( in much bigger forms) to harbours and festivals around the coast.

Please leave any suggestions  below of possible locations,  where you can see this working and ways to help raise funding to make this happen .  Thank you

 

Launch of Terra Nova

As the exhibition closes tonight, I have been looking through the visitors book and am delighted and humbled at all the thanks and thoughtfull comments I have received. Please take a look here  they are themselves inspiring to seek out new places to take the exhibition too. Any ideas re galleries/museums/docksides to aim for and any funding sources would be much appreciated.

img116 (3)This great comment about the exhibition animation Terra Nova convinced me that the animation should go live here and on vimeo.  The film tells one part of my investigative journey with plastic pollution – how the burning of litter on beaches forms rock-like lumps of plastic, now named ‘Plastiglomerate’ .

Animation notes: low budget – low tech film, idea developed in Coigach,  storyboarded at An Talla Solais studios, models were made at different scales, in many locations, the delicate casting of litter materials in wax (for the final scene) were cast at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop  and the film was shot and edited in Shetland  filmaker JJ Jamieson. His enthusiasm was energising throughout the shoot and his inventivness in sourcing, creating and over-laying  special effects and sound completed the film beautifully.

It was fantastic to work with JJ Jamieson, the animation was shot both in his garage studio, back yard, on the banks of a nearby stream and editing studio. More information about the making of the animation can be found on my Vimeo site .

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#WorldOceansDay

Join in celebrating WORLD OCEANS DAY on Thursday June 8th in Ullapool casting votes for #CleanSeas. Events happening across the world and on line.

DBfUOVRXsAIi2Jt.jpg large World Oceans Day is a designated UN day to celebrate & honour the world’s oceans.

“Urgent action on a global scale is needed to alleviate the world’s oceans from the many pressures they face, and to protect them from future dangers that may tip them beyond the limits of their carrying capacity. ” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

The Day provides an opportunity to get directly involved in protecting our future, through a new mindset and personal and community action and involvement.   

My response is to take to the shores of Loch Broom ( Ullapool harbour) where I will be leading a Guided Guide walk sharing information from the Guide to Beach Litter and highlighting the importance of healthy Oceans discussing the many initiatives here and around the world to protect the oceans.X poster 1 (2)_LI

As its polling day here in the UK, participants will be invited to join me at An Talla Solais Gallery, to share experiences and ideas of how to bring about change and to cast your votes for a variety of approaches to reduce plastic pollution in the World’s Oceans and specifically in Scotland.

Ullapool Event:  – meet by the pier on West Shore 11am or 5.30pm, followed at the gallery at  12 noon & 6.15pm  An Talla Solais Gallery, West Arglye St, Ullapool

Poster extract (2)In return voters will receive a copy of the  ‘Isle of CHANGE’ map from the  NEO Terra exhibition presently showing at An Talla Solais until the 18th June

A PDF copy of the map will also be available to download on World Ocean Day from here. Please leave a comment  below and join in the debate .

Find out more about the actions being taken in the UK and around the World.       Visit  http://www.worldoceansday.org

View the  Ullapool World Oceans Day event on Twitter follow @LittoralArt

Ullapool: collecting for NEO Terra

Ullapool collecting samplesNow back on the beaches of Wester Ross feeling the strong winds and immersed in tidal charts and large-scale OS maps on which I am plotting the remaining 32 beach locations to collect  sand & plastiglomerate samples from, needed to construct the NEO Terra exhibition. Opening at An Talla Solais on Sat 13th May

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Dates for the diary

April 17th- 29th  collection expeditions  follow on twitter and facebook North to Cape Wrath, South to Scoraig and Loch Ewe shorelines and West to 5 of the Summer Isles.

May 13th – 18th June : NEO Terra exhibition at An Talla Solais Gallery on West Argyle Street (Ullapool IV26 2UG)  open from 10am to 5pm

Dates for Gallery talks to be scheduled soon

May 19th – 20th: A walk along Isle Martin beach exploring  Time Deep as part of the iLAND Festival, A festival of Future Living and Community Resilience.  A 3 day, off-grid, island bound festival, celebrating that the ‘land and sea’

June 8th: World Ocean Day event, Ullapool Harbour

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