Imagine plastic breaking down in the stomach of sea creatures, transforming into a plastic protein, that is used as fuel to enhance or recreate the skeletal frame. How far are we from a time when sea creatures can design and shape their future selves with a material that is non-degradable, has increased fracture toughness, is light weight, colourful and shiny?
SuperNatural Plastic Eaters is a talk involving marine scientists Karin Dubsky and Heidi Acampora and artist Yvanna Greene. The talk, chaired by Anne Mullee, examines plastic pollution in the marine environment, the ingestion of plastic by marine creatures and reveals evolutionary new marine species washed up on the coast of Ireland.
Dr Heidi Acampora is a researcher and lecturer at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). She has a PhD on interactions between seabirds and plastic pollution in Irish waters.
Karin Dubsky is a marine ecologist working in Trinity College Dublin. She is coordinator of Coastwatch Europe, an environmental NGO network specialising in citizen science and working for informed public participation in environmental protection and management.
Yvanna Greene is an artist, whose recent work has involved documenting inexplicable findings from her beach walks along the Irish Coast. She has produced SuperNatural Plastic Eaters for her MA in Art & Research Collaboration (ARC) at the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, (IADT).
Anne Mullee is curator of The Courthouse Gallery & Studios in Ennistymon, Co. Clare and maintains an independent practice. She is curator of the ongoing public art project All Bread is Made of Wood, with artists Fiona Hallinan and Sabina MacMahon (Fingal Arts Office). She is a contributor to publications including the Visual Artist’s News Sheet and Paper Visual Art. Her research interests include taxonomies and the intersections between ideas and material and what lies in these interstitial spaces.
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