Pacific Aquarium / RISD
RISD Exhibition Gallery, 2018

Project Team:
El Hadi Jazairy + Rania Ghosn
Reid Fellenbaum, Ya Suo, Jia Weng, Shuya Xu, Saswati Das, with initial contributions from Rixt Woudstra

Venue:
RISD Exhibition Gallery, Bayard Ewing Building, 231 South Main St, Providence

On view:
September 16 - October 16, 2018

Photography:
Jacqueline Shaw

Pacific Aquarium portrays the overlapping concerns of ecology and economy in the Pacific Ocean, where the projected 1 million square meters of deep-sea mining in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone could constitute the greatest footprint of human activity in what is considered the largest continuous ecological unit. The project appropriates the object of the aquarium to take aim at the abysmal distance between our selfish economic worries and the great scales of the earth. Rather than an image of the ocean that lies outside of human activity, the aquarium channels our sense of wonder to stage environmental externalities as an intimate part of the political constituency of the Earth. Each aquarium constructs a section of the world in which the externalities of resource exploitation and climate change are weaved into spatial scales, temporalities, and species beyond the human. Collectively, the nine aquariums reclaim the production of nature into public controversies by connecting political ecology with speculative design and collective aesthetic experience.

Project Details:
Nine 60x60 cm drawings
292x60 cm backlit box

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