Timelapse film and installation with collected marine plastic debris frozen in filtered Arctic seawater and an atmospheric deposition sample bottle containing filtered Arctic seawater. Filmed in Longyearbyen, Svalbard on 17th October 2017. Installed from 24-27th November 2017 at St Pancras Parish Church Crypt, Euston as part of Cryptic 2017 – Art and Science.
In October 2017 I joined an artist residency on board a traditionally rigged tall ship exploring the coast of Svalbard in the Arctic.
During the expedition I conducted a beach clean with the help of expedition members. Plastic debris was collected from Smeerenburg and Fram Bay over the course of a day and included fishing nets, ropes, strapping band, boots, shoes, rubber gloves, bottles, and many miscellaneous plastic fragments. The outcome of this is Beach Clean (2017) – a time-lapse video and installation with collected marine plastic debris frozen in filtered Arctic seawater, low-density polyethylene cast in polyester resin, and an atmospheric deposition sample bottle containing filtered Arctic seawater. The work was installed from 24-27th November 2017 at St Pancras Parish Church Crypt, Euston as part of Cryptic 2017 – Art and Science.
I also collected daily samples of dust and other particles, which settle out of the atmosphere, on behalf of Dr Stephanie Wright and her team at the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health, King’s College London. These will be used to assess whether microplastics contaminate the air in this remote location. Using special spectroscopic methods, the team will determine whether particles are plastic and assess shapes and quantities, indicating the scale of this issue.
Thanks to all the participants of the Arctic Circle October 2017 expedition and the crew of Antigua for enabling this project: Alexis Rider, Amelie Laurence Fortin, Annique Goldenberg, Ashleigh Goh Hua, Alan Campbell, Brandon Holmes, Caroline Landau, Chelsey Flood, Chih-Chung Chang, Claire Dibble, Caroline Hinkley, Debbie Lee, Devra Freelander, Elzbieta Mrowiec, Emma Varga, Hannah Scott, Hildur Jónasson, Himali Singh Soin, Jana Maxová, Joachim Schiel, John Henry Blatter, Iveta Vaivode, Jillian McDonald, Julie Kusyk, Kazuko Kizawa, Kristin Jaeger Wexsahl, Laura Noel, Monika Hiller, Mario Czok, Marte Agneberg Dahl, Michael Wallace, Mita Mahato, Nanou Blair Gould, Nemo, Nung-Hsin Hu, Pete Froslie, Piet Boorsma, Ren Zi, Sally Hovelso, Sarah Gerats, Sascha Hühn, Sheng-Wen Lo, Veronika Baresova.