Between 5 to 13 million tons of plastic waste end up in the oceans every year*, harming the ecosystems and ocean life. To many of us this is an issue hard to grasp as we do not experience the damage ourselves on a daily basis. Because of this, I created Polluted Ocean as an audiovisual installation where scent was the main tool used to communicate this issue.
I used my social media platforms to encourage visitors of the exhibition to bring their own plastic waste and donate to the installation, as they then would receive a sample of Polluted Ocean the Fragrance. I created the fragrance sample as a token, so that visitors would remember their contribution to the installation when smelling the fragrance, that smelled of waste and real ocean.
Blue and green LED-lights with hundred of plastic strips hanging from the ceiling created a blurred vision for the visitors, leaving the impression of walking around in an ocean full of plastic waste. The sound of waves played from speakers to enhance the whole experience as well as the smell of fresh ocean. All of the plastic waste from the installation was recycled at the end of the exhibition.
*Jambeck et al 2015
Exhibited at Level 4, Sickla Industriväg 6
Stockholm, 2018.11 - 2018.12