River of Plastic: Plastic as Reality and Metaphor uses plastic as both an art material and metaphor as it weaves together visual art, research, and public outreach practices. Focusing on the intersection of environmental issues, global economic systems and social constructs, the interdisciplinary piece investigates the creation, distribution, and effects of the plastic industry in China. Monika Lin has collected plastic debris, such as movie posters, acrylic sheeting, Styrofoam insulation and Tyvek construction bags, from the streets of Shanghai to reform it into a large-scale sculptural river. She examines the sites from which the debris was collected for their historical and contemporary information as well as the materials themselves to situation a narrative of consumption and pollution. Combining this with research through the lens of global complicity, recognition of the forces/stake-holders that drive industry and the subsequent pollution/waste the River of Plastic becomes a metaphor for broader concerns than simply environmental implications. 100rmb.
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