5 Gyres: projected imaging of concentrations of plastic particles of different sizes in the five ocean ‘gyres:
Calling : shore- to - gyre (9:30min)
‘Gyre’ is the term used for the mid-ocean concentrations of debris.
“…….As much as 8,000,000 tonnes of plastic enters the ocean every year and this amount is predicted to double within the next decade. Left unchecked, by 2025 as much as 1 tonne of plastic may be in the ocean for every 3 tonnes of fish…… “
“… We know that over 690 species of ocean animals are impacted by plastics in the environment, that is: 100% seaturtle species,…over 75% interpet species, that’s seals and sealions, 65% seabirds, 60% cetacions, being whales, dolphins, porpoise etc . By the year 2050…99% of all seabirds will have eaten plastic.
(Excerpts from: “Confronting Ocean Plastic Pollution at the Global Scale” Nicholas Mallos, MS is the director of the Trash Free Seas Program at the Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC.)
This soundwork calls, from the liminal space of the shore, to lost sealife around the world due to human intervention, especially plastic pollution and also sound.
The work is composed from field recordings of wind whistling through danger signs along the Dorset coast between West Bexington and Lyme Regis. These signs, warning of dangers to humans, mirror the dangers to wild sea creatures due to habitat loss. Their calls echo from the ‘widening gyre’ as if heard in the wind.
‘voices’ Nichola Christie, ivon oates