GYRE at TENT gallery, Edinburgh College of Art May 12th as part of Creative Reactions

“…objects are important not because they are evident and physically constrain or enable but often precisely because we do not ‘see’ them. The less we are aware of them the more powerfully they can determine our expectations by setting the scene and insuring normative behaviour, without being open to challenge.” Materiality, Daniel Miller, Duke University Press, 2005

Objects give form to our desires. When no longer useful they become ‘unseen’.

GYRE is an installation that explores how we discard once important items and the impact of our collective ‘forgetting’ on the environment. Tied to our rituals of celebration and commemoration, these objects become malignant when discarded; the dead junk of a consumer society.

My research since 2010 has involved the documentation and collection of  plastic waste ~ PET foil balloons ~  from ocean beaches in Scotland and the east coast of America. In the context of GYRE  these objects are ‘seen’ again, revealing a process of disconnection and collective amnesia.

GYRE is also about our emotional connection to ritual objects; the accumulation, accretion and turbulence of memory in personal terms and the reification of our human selves within these objects.  The less we are aware of them, the more powerfully they determine expectations; setting the scene for our complacency.

This  ‘fallacy of misplaced concreteness’: an error in mistaking the abstract idea for the concrete object itself, is a source of unease. We are confronted with both the beauty and horror of our dilemma and invited within this web of recognition to gain a closer understanding.

“ There is urgency in coming to see the world as a web of interrelated processes of which we are integral parts. So that all of our choices and actions have consequences for the world around us.” Alfred North Whiteland, Mathematician

LAUNCH EVENT at TENT GALLERY, ECA, May 12th Creative Reactions 
GYRE will be exhibited as part of Creative Reactions (CR) a science-art pop-up event from 10 am – 18.00 on May 12th at the TENT gallery, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art. Followed by a reception and panel discussion at 19.00 – 21.00. I will speak about the Gyre project and research as part of the panel discussion

Creative Reactions launches the Pint of Science festival in Edinburgh. For information about Creative Reactions

EDINBURGH FRINGE 2018 – GYRE will form part of a larger installation being developed for  Reuse, Reinvent, Reimage exhibition at Gallery 23. Exhibition openiing August 11th-28th, Private View 10th August  7pm  

MICHELE MARCOUX is an Edinburgh based artist whose practice explores the fragmentary nature of identity, memory and perception. She is interested in the potential of materials to reveal the truth of our relationships, both with each other and with the external world.  Referring to the vortices of plastic floating in our oceans, in personal terms, GYRE is also a metaphor for the ocean between her two spiritual ‘homes’ of Scotland and America.




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