‘And Chaos pushed forth Gaia’ 2020 Cyanotype on Paper. Part of a new series creating blueprints for the future.
Corona Head 21st Century Inhalation- 2020 Noxtek
‘The problem with humanity is we have Paleolithic emotions, medieval institutions, and God-like technology. And it is terrifically dangerous and it is now approaching a point of crisis overall.’
The ancient myths in which we were simply specks in a vast cosmos living in harmony with our world and each other, became the story of our ‘control over nature’. This led to the industrial revolution and a hundred years of disconnection through ‘progress’. A progress in which societal evolution became about capital accumulation via raw materials extraction at the cost of human life and delicate ecosystems.
As we enter the conceptual age, this is now being compounded by computer and biological technologies.
Yet at a time when we are entering a whole Earth politics so vividly illustrated by biodiversity extinction, climate change and a pandemic we are still living through, there is hope. From biomimicry in which we take our inspiration from natural systems billions of years in their evolution, to renewed interests in indigenous land practices, we are reverting to solutions from our ancestral past.
As we enter the conceptual age in which machines do the mundane, we will be forced to address those things which distinguish us as humans; stories, connection, play, beauty, creativity, purpose and a planetary home which sustains the most fundamental of our needs from water to air.
We can only live for 3 minutes without air…… .
Me with ‘Breathe’ in NOx absorbing NoxTek TM, soon to be installed on the Euston Rd which is the second most polluted road in London
700 Million-A short film by Sam Creasey
Macroscopic, global problems such as air pollution appear overwhelmingly insurmountable until they reduce to one point of singular clarity. For me that was when my son had an asthma attack late one night which led to hospitalisation. Within the space of one night, I questioned the provision of the single breathe as a human right that was being eroded.
Transformation can happen almost instantaneously when the variables line up and perception allows.
This led to a series based on the Four Horsemen of the Air Apocalypse inspired by the mythopoetic stories of ancient Gods and muses through which we gained an understanding of our place on the planet. Pioneering sculpture in a geopolymer material which can absorb the very NOx particulates responsible for breathing difficulties it is for me, the perfect marriage of tradition and innovation, art and science, perspective, and impact.
Time lapse from the time of planting in May until August in The Bee Garden at The Horniman Museum
The iconography of past deities led to arrogance which led to the downfall. Our present arrogance lies in our disconnection from the Goddess Gaia not only in the physical but subconsciously. We have forgotten our inherent need for our planetary home.
But were we able to re-awaken the inherent reciprocity that lies within the ecological subconscious once more, could we perhaps heal the seeming alienation between human and our natural environment?
Could the Great Pause then, caused by a pandemic arising from our ‘arrogance’ lead to a new realisation?
A chance to create a new blue-print for the future.
I like to think so.
All images copyright and courtesy of Jasmine Pradissitto
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