Shahar Livne


Landscapes of the Plastisphere

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch – an accumulation of rubbish that has been carried through the ocean by its currents – is becoming so big it is creating new “continents” of plastic. These plastic masses are home to a vast community of microbial life that scientists have dubbed the Plastisphere.

More than a thousand different species have been found living on a single piece of microplastic from the patch. These microbes have the potential to unlock a vast source of energy from the human-made junk in our oceans.

In an immersive installation, Shahar Livne presents the Plastisphere as a meta-reality. Through a combination of video mapping, sound and smell, the viewer is invited to adventure into this surprising ecosystem floating in the Pacific Ocean.

Alan Boom

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