Parasites - Project Proposal
By bringing attention to the vital relationship between water, nature, cultures and traditions, the work exposes the extensive damage microplastics are having on our oceans and the consequences we now face. Is a way to change behaviours and prompt collective action to such a grave, human-made problem need a more ritualistic, than simply pragmatic, approach? Using scientific imagery to more speculative ideas, the audience will be presented with the extent of our damaged waters, and offered an alternative solution that uses the power of storytelling as an intervention.
The tapestried tablecloth is the centrepiece, telling the story of water running through religion and health from past, present to futures, while offering diagrammatic instruction for a new ritual of purifying a fish from microplastic contamination. Four vessels will be covered by the tablecloth, to represent the resting phase of the ritual, their forms visible creating a 3D landscape in which the narrative will run through. The audience can walk around the tapestry to view this traditional technique of storytelling used in a new context. The chemical structure of plastics, dissected blood vessels, water filtration systems, oceans, factories, prayers and market stalls will all be depicted on the cloth, alongside the fictional behaviours of this new religion and its fish cleansing protocol.
The presentation could be expanded with a live performance of the ritual, bringing to life the ceremony behind the tapestry.
Dissections of different elements of the tablecloth illustrations could be represented in print at a larger scale to show in detail the various elements of the story.