Pacific Aquarium
After Belonging, The Objects, Spaces, and Territories of the Ways We Stay in Transit

Rania Ghosn and El Hadi Jazairy, 2016

The Pacific Aquarium portrays the overlapping concerns of ecology and economy in the Pacific Ocean, where the projected one 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 on Earth. 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 reinsert the productions of nature into public controversies by connecting political ecology with speculative design and collective aesthetic experience.

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