LimeWharf – First Thursdays
Whitechapel Gallery – London

LimeWharf is a Hackney-based cultural innovation hub & artistic laboratory along Regent’s Canal founded and curated by Thomas Ermacora. Located in the heart of east London’s creative quarter on Vyner Street, this innovative and experimental centre welcomes both artists and scientists to collaborate in residencies, think tank gatherings and stimulating exhibitions. “First Thursdays” will be taking place at Limewharf in London beginning on July 3rd, 2014 and running through the month. Two exhibitions will be taking place.

Marta Petrucci:Oil
July 3rd – 30th, 2014

Oil is a photographic project where the artist has chosen to recreate environmental conditions following the oil spill known as the Black Tide which took place in 2010 off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, still considered to be the worst environmental disaster in recent years.

“While the Western world discovers the need to preserve their habitat and stop processes of unbridled and irresponsible industrialisation, some images have more than others the task of awakening our consciousness. The project, Oil, has this extraordinary merit. Fusing inside the various souls of contemporary photography, combining the artistic side of the discipline with the crudeness of photojournalistic reportage to the kindness of forms. Marta Petrucci’s photographs are more than a mere statement of the wickedness of man, martyr and executioner, a resident and destroyer of his own home, but want to draw attention to issues now entered a part of infotainment, and too often swamped by an ocean of dangerously swollen news.” – Marco De Leo

Flotsam Island Ecosystems
July 3rd – 31st, 2014

This exhibition showcases the first phase of a project co-conceived by Biomatrix Water Solutions and Thomas Ermacora of LimeWharf, creating a system for transforming marine waste into Flotsam Islands including a gallery scale model of a Flotsam Island Ecosystem.

The Flotsam Island Ecosystem involves collecting the trash and detritus with floating boom technology and packing it into a multi-layer containing tubular netting to form a solid but flexible pre-seeded island habitat, which would be fitted with a Radar Reflector and GPS beacon. The island would provide a resting place for sea birds, which would provide additional nutrients to a growing layer of Halophyte, salt tolerant vegetation and in a relatively short period of time a floating plastic soup, would be transformed into a floating island ecosystem supporting a wide diversity of marine life. Since most of the plastic materials involved breakdown through photo-degradation, they would be substantially stabilized in the process. Groups of islands would form floating mid-ocean archipelagos, or closer to shore could be used to provide valuable erosion control to vulnerable seaside settlements.There are many areas of floating plastic waste in our seas and riversand this could be a potential approach to up-cycle and transform this waste into living systems.

For more information about the exhibitions, please click here.


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