Parasites - Project Summary
So the Parasites project is well under way, and obviously overrunning yet again but here’s the most succinct and up to date proposal of the project so far.
Faith in the Fishes
Could small collective actions rid our waters from microplastics? Could a new religion be the tool to help us do so?
Plastic is a new kind of parasite, working its way into our water, food, and ultimately our bodies. Microplastics from products made by humans return to us through the carrier species we eat. Residing in our bodies, microplastics accumulate in mass and strength until the relationship becomes harmful, mimicking the behaviour of a parasite. From infertility to cancer, we are starting to realise their full effects.
A direct correlation runs between parasites and the infections they cause in different areas of the world, and local cultural and religious beliefs, from the animals permitted to be eaten to cleansing ceremonies.Rituals enriched with spiritual meaning are designed to protect communities, spreading health messages through storytelling and the association to a higher power.
Faith in the Fish focuses on microplastic contamination of fish. A ritual act represented through a ceremonial tablecloth documents the protocol of cleansing a single fish. The resulting collected plastic becomes a symbol of devotion for the participants.
By creating new rituals we can prepare for our future, while connecting us to our past.