We Will be Forgotten
Event schedule details
Saturday 29 JuneSunday 30 June
Event location details
Imperial College London
The burgeoning of the human population has gone hand in hand with the swelling tide of garbage it produces daily. One of the most alarming materials is plastic, most of which takes centuries to break down, giving it ample time to leave its trace on the planet.
The art installation ‘We Will be Forgotten’ includes hundreds of moulds made from everyday plastic packaging of ordinary consumer products, from biscuits to toothbrushes, all arranged in a circle
The resulting installation is an aggregation, unique in size and shape of sculptural objects, Scattered amongst these fossil shapes is a handful of small glass bulbs filled with live bacteria colonies.
This collection of sculptures allude to the evidence gathered by scientists demonstrating the ageing of the Earth’s atmosphere due to increasing CO2 emissions. This refers to research that shows how radiocarbon dating has become inaccurate: ‘Carbon-14 is a rare radioactive type of carbon that decays over thousands of years. Fossil fuels are so old that they have no C14. When CO2 emissions mix with the modern atmosphere, it floods it with non-radioactive carbon making the atmosphere appear older’. (Heather Graven, Imperial College )
Plastics are made from fossil fuels and they contribute to CO2 emissions in much larger quantities than presumed by most of us. In a poetic sense by consuming the Earth’s resources at the speed we are today, we are eating up its history as well.
The moulds, originally designed to protect consumer items, each with their signature of individuality lie here as dead consumer items. They have replaced life on the surface as well as below the ground and appear as excavated fossils.