As populations boom, environments degrade and pollution runs rampant. The human species must come to terms with their impact upon this Earth. Plastic SEAS is a film exploring the connection between plastic pollution, the seas, and human health. We hope through this film others may begin to change their habits for a healthier and more sustainable future.
Ben Kay Santa Monica High school teacher and coach of Team Marine documents the problem of single use plastics and litter at the Pico-Cantor Storm Drain in Santa Monica, CA.
Heal the Bay’s report card found that Los Angeles has the worst beach quality grades in the state.
Charles Moore explains two main ways animals are killed by plastic, as predator and prey. As predator plastic tangles around them and inhibits there movement. Plastic as prey is killing by starving, poisoning, and blocking the digestion of animals. Plastic spill at a fish farm in Hong Kong made the fish float up side down and disrupted their buoyancy.
For his January 2014 exhibition at The Contemporary Austin, Long will manifest a transformative installation at the Jones Center, turning the space into a mysterious and mystical Gesamtkunstwerk, a Wagnerian hybrid environment of sculpture, film, music, fragrance, theater, performance, and grand spectacle. Titled CATALIN—after the trademarked moniker of an early form of plastic material developed in the 1930s Art Deco period from formaldehyde that was fugitive and, ultimately, toxic—the exhibition will be a cacophony of sensory stimulation haunted by an ethos of impending doom. For this project, Long takes inspiration from Timothy Morton, a leading thinker on ecology, philosophy, and aesthetics whose writings often expound upon the inevitable demise of our ecological environment and art’s reflection of this reality. In characteristic collaborative spirit, Long will be working with local organizations and artisans, and he will also engage the second-floor space for films, lectures, theater, and community events.
Known for his history of partnering with other artists and organizations, for CATALIN, Charles Long has collaborated with the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, Mylan Chacon, Chasing Ice, Jeneene Chatowsky, Ecovative, Eluvium, Brady Foster, Seth Hawkins, John Hiler, Kerstin Hovland, Emery Martin, Michael Mascha at Finewaters.com, Timothy Morton, Carrie Paterson, Alison Petty Ragguette, Karen Reitzel, Solid Concepts, SXSW, and Anna Wittenberg.