bertiE

contemporary art

This is the most ambitious in a series of audio-visual environmental art montages and collage works. This one focuses on marine ecology and in plastic pollution in the seas such as the phenomenon of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The film starts at a fast-moving pace in a world with layers of footage taken from personal video archives juxtaposed with the discovery of plastic inside the guts of wildlife. Edited excerpts have been taken from a documentary film, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, (Sun, A. 2013). This is used to create a loose narrative in the work and appeared to fit the original cut of footage. More layers and abstraction have been introduced that include: Trump’s insults and comebacks; North Korean military parades; Modelez global advertising; Garbology; Dubai’s largest shopping mall, World War I combat in colour and, ‘When Clouds Clouds Roll By’ (Flemming, 1919) where the silent movie portrays psychiatrist Dr. Ulrich Metz attempting to drive Daniel Brown to suicide through scenes of nightmare of madness.

The film and work can be engaged at any point in the cycle and interpreted along with a powerful soundtrack. The film has also been projected onto a translucent material or fluorescent acrylic, suspended mid space to allow the viewer to interpret the object itself as plastic and at differing angles either side.