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.
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’
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.
My 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