Tonight we opened ‘Offshore: Artists Explore the Sea‘ a major 6 month exhibition featuring 10 new commissions and other works from a range of international artists, including Tacita Dean and author China Miéville. The exhibition, curated by Invisible Dust, examines the many contrasting ways that the sea has shaped our culture, our imaginations and our physical existence through mythical sea monsters, superstition and seaside traditions as well as trade and travel. While inherently without borders, we have mapped the sea for exploitation, geo-political advantage and for conservation.
John Wedgwood Clarke and I installed our soundscape and poetry installation ‘Above 8’ as part of the exhibition. The piece explores the effect of increasing ocean acidification on the ability of different marine organisms to communicate, including the Harbour Ragworm which communicates through chemical exchange. If the pH falls to below 7.7, then the worms wouldn’t be able to breed, and the estuarine mud which their mucus-lined burrows hold together would be washed away, and a whole ecosystem with it.
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