Plastic Pollution in the Laurentian Great Lakes: Industry and Invisibility

How can arts-based thinking and working make viable contributions to plastics pollution research? In this panel, artists engaged critically with plastics join scientists studying plastics pollution. The intent is to exchange research, methods, and knowledge gaps towards generating creative and actionable approaches to tackling plastics pollution as a ‘wicked’ problem. We will examine the effects that collaborative working methods have on both scientific and artistic processes, and will discuss shared research outputs such as nurdle sampling, industry mapping, chemical analysis, and material and speculative practice.

With Ian Arturo, Sara Belontz, Mary Mattingly, Tegan Moore, Alice (Xia) Zhu, moderated by Kelly Jazvac

This event is held in conjunction with the exhibition Plastic Heart: Surface All the Way Through on view at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto from September 8 through November 20, 2021.