Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean

A co-presentation with the Saturday Cinema Arts Program of the Exploratorium, San Francisco Saturday, February 1, 2014  1:00 p.m. Screening, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m. Workshop  The Exploratorium, Pier 15 San Francisco For tickets please click here

As the great gyres that move through the Pacific Ocean are washing out an increasing amount of marine debris, a surprising outcome has been an outburst of artworks repurposing the waste. This program features a screening of the short documentary Gyre: Creating Art from a Plastic Ocean, which surveys the work of the Gyre Expedition, a group of artists and scientists dedicated to creating art from the garbage as a means of raising awareness about the devastating effects of the debris. Photographer Kip Evans will join the screening for a discussion of his work with Gyre Expedition, as well as his experiences as a photographer, videographer, and educator who has been a part of over fifty ocean explorations worldwide. From 2pm - 4:30pm Los Angeles based artist Claudio Garzón, who has created a series of works, Plastiko sculptures, modeled after sea creatures and created from found plastics, will run a hands-on workshop where visitors will transform debris into their own art.

About Saturday Cinema – Saturday Cinema is a core weekly program that captures the ideas which animate the Exploratorium. We highlight works that blend observation, poetry, and surrealism, and celebrate films that utilize unique, handcrafted processes. Appropriate for all ages and mediated by cinema arts staff, these screenings encourage the viewer to respond to the works and join a dialogue with the viewing community.

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