Plastic futures, or a better Anthropocene

    A public event in the Cairns Museum was curated by Audio-visual Anthropologist Dr Daniela Vavrova; TCI Adjunct Research Fellow and the Cairns Museum’s curator. The event on November 25 was led by a feature presentation by Distinguished Professor Stewart Lockie.

    Professor Lockie presented the ideas about the future we could imagine. He built his vision around up-to-date statistics showing the trends in plastic production, usage, consumption, and the plastic waste management. Moreover, with his current project about the Reef Restoration and Adaption, he calls for protecting the reef, recovery and strengthening corals tolerance to climate change. It is about a united global movement to stop producing and using the plastics. He encourages us to revive our oceans with less consumption and more justice, creativity, dialogue, innovation, and democracy!

    The current exhibition in the temporary gallery of the Cairns Museum features ‘Beach Couture: A Haute Mess’. It is a travelling exhibition of Marina DeBris, an artivist whose fashion design is more about talking about it than wearing it!

    The exhibited couture reflects the era of plastic pollution we live in. The displayed artefacts of Anthropocene provoke the audience to make their own key to the numbered relics of the past. The showcased videos explain the irony of Inconvenience Store and the scientific consequences we face due to our consumerism and addiction to it.

    https://www.cairnsmuseum.org.au/exhibitions_blog/beach-couture/

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