Microplastics have been gaining more and more public attention over the last few years. These small plastic particles have been shown to pervade the marine environment, and have been found to affect the wellbeing – and possibly even the behaviour – of marine species, including coral.
I’ve been working with the topic of microplaslic pollution over the last year, addressing the issue through the embodied interspecies interface that is the Coral Empathy Device since the Pikslo_Deep Dive workshop at Piksel in 2015.
Gjino Šutić and I ran a workshop in Bergen, Norway, for the next step in our explorations of microplastics in the Norwegian marine environment, with our Sushi Roulette workshop at S.Net. This workshop introduces the problematic of microplastics in fish, uses DIY chemical analysis to explore microplastic ingestion by fish, and facilitates co-design with the participants to come up with new ideas about how art and design can address this problem of plastic use and accumulation. The workshop was produced by Piksel in collaboration with S.Net, KHiB and UIB.