No doubts I will do projects about everything I am deeply interested in. Sadly, it is impossible to do all at once, so the choice must be made, things must be schedules, ideas must be placed in the notebook for a future and more research.
Very recently I came across a website with the documentations about poverty and coral reefs. It states the obvious – due to the ocean acidification coral reefs are now in a state of dangerous decline, thus species which depends on them as a source of protection, food etc are also numbered. Small fishing village populations depends on these species to sustain themselves. At the same time the coral reefs provides a natural protection against storms, winds and waves, and obviously coral disappearance have an enormous effect on a coastline and communities living there. Moreover some of the islands based in coral reefs area – which are usually small and / or narrow (i.e. Tuvalu) are in danger of disappearing altogether – that is perhaps a slightly different topic, but the fact is alarming. Worth mentioning that there is an association of disappearing islands and its communities, where governments tries to deal with that problem – what will happen to the nation when their lands is gone? Where people would live? How can they re-create their own country? Prevent their culture?
Maldives governemnt for example held a meeting under the water to draw attention to their beautoful land and cliamte change effects on it: http://scoutmagazine.ca/2009/10/18/endangered-island-nation-holds-underwater-cabinet-meeting/
Anyway – my point here is that all those issues are important, interesting, thought provoking. They are not concerned only with some species which might vanish and which most of us even heard of, not yet carrying about. It is about big issues which many people from various corners of the planet are facing now. So how can I talk about it in my art in such a way, so that stories about these people living so far away from Europe, UK or in general places where my art is usually shown, can have some impact on those who come to see it (and those about whom the given art project is about)? How also can I blow my trumpet and instead of making a didactic, “lecturing” artwork/design/thing talking how bad we are here in the first world so with our behaviour we screw lives of those in third worlds, but instead make it not only thought provoking, but most importantly regenerative, life promoting not only for viewers but also for places, species, communities which are subjects of this artwork? I guess my main point is how to convey Ilya Prigagine’d thought on irreversibility which according to him relates to all complex system, that is life, weather, environment – and embrace that uncertainty in optimistic and welcoming manner?