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Publication production by: Stephen Smith

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This speculative travelogue chronicles some of the potential worlds imagined in response to the Vast and Troubled Oceans witnessed.

 

A journey from the Sea Gypsies of the Indian Ocean to the Inuit Eskimos of the Arctic Ocean.

Vast and Troubled Oceans, is a project that confronts us with the unseen consequences, implications and eventualities of

our past & present collective behaviour.

 

Story telling  Via an Interactive Scaled Model Topography.  

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is our future

full of Empty fish trays?

Outline:

Marine Archaeologists: Extract 2A

 

A few clicks' further out from 1A - Floaters act as Observation Stations for monitoring  the Oceans_ Reconessance Dive #2 / Duration 34 mins. Depth 35m Visibility:clear Lifeaquatic :poor.

 

 

This tale, portrays our Troubled relationship with our Vast Oceans.

It focuses on the unseen effects of our toxicated, throw-away plastic culture.

 

The intention is to create a linkage on how this might affect seemingly distant (to us) geographical areas and cultures on

our planet.

Vast and Troubled Oceans, is a project that confronts us with the unseen consequences, implications and eventualities of

our past &

present collective behaviour regarding how we interact with our planets oceans.its resources, lifeaquatics and wellbeing.

 

 

...And so, via a travelogue, [1A to 5B- on the navigation map] -a record of a toxic journey unfolds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'' The Arctic region is a poster child of environmental concern-

It preserves the image of wilderness in contemporary culture.

It is also referred to as the ‘last frontier’, an idiom that constructs

the perception of this remote territory as a pristine natural landscape.

This cultural construct couldn’t be further from reality'

LY&KD on their Arctic circle Expedition

Speculation 1.0 :  

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Synthetic Biology:

A speculative responce to Mucking Marshes in South England, one of the biggest household & commercial wastelands in Europe.  

 

The process and act of digging holes in the ground, barrying our everyday litter- over time and by excess accumulation- the result could Only be; the production of irradated toxic wastelands.

 

The project engages with issues of a synthesized strand of fungi that acts as a biodegrading agent when immersed with toxic waste. Mycelium has the capacity of expanding  rapidly a web of interconnected micro degrading clusters. It thrives in such conditions.

 

It speculates on the new technologies i.e the usage of automated GPS system driven vehicles that deal with agrofarming, and also equipment that offer depth terrain/topography scanning.

We observe the growth and potential applications of synthetic biology, and wonder ;if we could grow petri dish hamburgers, what if we scale up and create blooming synthetic landscapes out of our waste fields?

 

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Perhaps we might start to engage with the idea of our waste being an asset and not as liability.

Remember this?  

Waste Land Bloom      

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On-site lab for the production of synthesised strand mycelium- 'digesting' toxic waste.

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Satelite Imagery + 3D Topographical earth scans of agrocombiners Carving and Depositing root. [optimized]

 

These are the initial stages of turning earth burried waste into blooming bio-remidated landscapes. The field channels  are irrigated- pumping Sunthetic 102 Mycelium strand {stripticus#38} nutrients the scafolds branch out to 're-skin' the morphology.

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  ' The Drifitng Institute. D.I-18:  'United Micro Kingdoms brief/

         

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Analog & CADCAM Model Making for the Public Think Tank UNDER TOMORROWS SKY project organized by  Liam Young of TomorrowsThoughtToday.

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Exhibited at Mu gallery in Eidhoven, Netherdlands as Part of the Dutch Design Week 2012

Speculation 2.0     

 

Speculation 3.0:

Speculation 4.0:

U T S is a FICTIONAL FUTURE CITY. INVITED TO PARTICIPATE &

COLLECTIVELY DEVELOP THIS IMAGINARY PLACE, THE LANDSCAPES THAT SURROUND IT AND THE STORIES IT CONTAINS.

AROSS THE COURSE OF THE EXHIBITION INVITED GUESTS WILL WORK WITH THE CITY AS A STAGE SET TO DEVELOP A COLLECTION OF NARRATIVES, FILMS AND ILLUSTRATIONS. WANDER THROUGH THIS NEAR FUTURE WORLD AND EXPLORE THE POSSIBILITIES AND CONSEQUENCES OF TODAY’S EMERGING BIOLOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL RESEARCH.

Speculation +

Performance   5.0:

 

Loop, 60hz: Transmissions from the Drone Orchestra is an immersive live music and drone performance

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This project deals with advancements in synthetic, bio medical, engineering+technology in relation to  the possible implications on the physical body.

The way 'social computing'  is processed and dealt in this future/fictional snap-shot, presents possible outcomes of our digital fixations -altering the human embodiment.

 

It presents the opportunity for us to engage with possible future diseases - future social taboos - and start thinking how things might go wrong.- rather than a perfect promissed result.

Far fetched outcomes?,

In collaboration with a biobank, an archeological team from the not so distant future (though precise date not verified) have been examining a number of fossil sites scattered  across the globe.

They are thought to be data fossils, a new variation of human fossils, packed with clues of our futures collective history.

 

A 'catalogue of future diseases' are passed on periodically, and along with them, the fossil specimens. This catalogue, as precise or inacurate as it may be, responds to our digital obsessions

 | Intel project 2012 | S O C I A L   C O M P U T I N G

  #Human Body as embodied platform #Storage #DigitalData.#Algorithms #Latest updates #BIOhacking           #Subdermal/Interaction Interfacing #diseases and future #taboos.

Exhibited @ workinprogress show/ Design Interactions 2012/Royal Collage of Art.

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Speculation 6.0 :

Exhibited at the ROYAL COLLAGE OF ART:

DESIGN INTERACTIONS WIP 2012

Published work by Intel 

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Tangible [Design] Speculations:

 

Probing Fictional Spaces to reveal the hidden,

the mundane & extra-ordinary,

the pleasant & the ugly

Truth[s]

in want, of the Tangible & Improbable.

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What will we do then?

Tell Tales:

 

Tales of 1000feet waves, month long storms and sea creatures the size of luxury cruise liners, shanty fish factories, squat workers, floating sea gypsies, marine archaeologists acting out as last bastions in the ungoverned empty High Seas...and plastic.

-A lot of plastic.-

Plastic that is forever

 

Whether these are stories of fact or fantasy will no longer matter,

What will matter will be unravelling our nostalgic, fragile and guilty human relationship with the seas.

 

 

 

Marine life is affected by plastics.

 

We are witnessing an irreversible hormonal synthesis of the oceans & marine life due to the pervasive nature of plastic.

 

At the moment, the biomass ratio between plastic and aquatic life is 60:1 in the Indian and Arctic Ocean- the two focused ‘case studies’ Ocean Gyres.

With sun, wind, and currents, plastic simply breaks down into smaller bits and pieces. It becomes tempting food for all sorts of creatures.

Profiling these toxic fish, whose exposed stomachs are full of plastic debris, highlight the problem of oceanic plastic pollution.

The Fish, as involuntary garbage collectors, represent the global scales of our neglect.

Very likely, within the next 10 years, there may be no more fish.

In what state will our Oceans be in the very near future and what sort of legacy will be passed on to the next generation?

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It adversely affects the Oestrogen production of females as well as sperm count in males.

This affects the synthesis of chromosomes, and male demographics shift in decline drasticaly.

The next decade will be crucial for the survival of such northern communities-  In fact, they are dissapearing right in front of our eyes.

 

 

 

Extract 5A

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Based on recent expeditions; toxicological testing has been carried out.

Toxicologists; were expecting to find the purest breast milk in the world.

The levels went off the scales…

The female Inuit-Eskimo tribe have an extremely high percentage of

toxic traces, particularly a chemical compound called Bisphenol- A in their breast

lactose.

It is estimated that it’s on an average of 35% higher than a female in the west.

You would expect, these people purely by geographical distance to be un-affected

by our plastic intoxications and our throw-away culture.

Tragically they are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Extract 3A

Extract 1A

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Speculation 7.0 :

Updating shortly

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