20. juni: Annelie Grimwade Olofsson / Walking Landscapes Bornholm
TIME: June 20th kl. 08 am. – 8 pm.
RUTE: Haralds Havn, Bølshavn, Høl Strand, Listed Havn, Svaneke havn, Slut: Årsdale Havn
CATEGORY: Artist, activist and designer
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What might we learn from observing ocean debris? Drifting Matter is a project where Annelie Grimwade Olofsson seeks to understand the many facets of plastic pollution.
As part of Walking Landscapes, she’ll carry a sculpture made from ocean plastic as she moves through the landscape for 12 hours, from Haralds Havn to Årsdale. Each hour Annelie Grimwade Olofsson will share information regarding plastic and reflections drawn in conclusion on what she has learned from seeking out, exploring, researching, creating, and engaging with plastic pollution on the coastlines of Bornholm. From Svaneke onwards she’ll be walking together with Vicente Bueso Bordils, an engineer specialising in energy and sustainability working for the local waste management BOFA, to learn more about plastic logistics and complications as well as Vincentes own experience of attempting to live a plastic free life.
The primary inspiration for the project is the phenomenon of Plastiglomerates, an Anthropocene hybrid material, which occurs when ocean plastic melts and amalgamates with sand and other materials. It was discovered in 2014 on the beaches of Hawaii, but Annelie has found them on Bornholm too. International Union for Conservation of Nature states that over 300 million tons of plastic are manufactured every year. Every piece of plastic ever made still exists, and yet, less than 9% of all plastic ever made has been recycled – where does it all go? Unfortunately, drifting plastic, which isn’t incinerated or disposed of in landfills, will eventually end up in nature. Earth is an aquatic planet, so anything harming the sea will, in time, affect Earth’s entire ecosystem and its inhabitants as it biomagnifies in the food chain. However horrifying this might seem, it does show us how undeniably interconnected we all are with each other and the earth.
As a material-driven maker Annelie is more concerned with what materials do, expresses and what it can make us do, as supposed to what it is. Materials can elicit meaningful experiences, and art objects serve to tell a part of that story, which is why experimental practices play an essential element in crafting and imagining sustainable futures. Annelie Grimwade Olofsson sees Walking Landscapes as a tool for reflecting and re-imagining future possibilities. Her primary objective being; to spread knowledge, create awareness and challenge rigid belief systems regarding material value and plastic pollution.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Annelie Grimwade Olofsson graduated with a Bachelor’s in design from KADK Bornholm in 2019, and she still lives and works on the island. Olofsson is a cross-disciplinary maker exploring the correlation of industry, society, and environment from a material point of view, working on the intersection of art, design, and activism.
Her narrative-driven praxis focuses on notions of materiality in the Anthropocene, where she views the process of applied experimentation as a means to elicit impacting experiences and imagine future possibilities by reflecting on environmental and social issues. The inspiration for her work is rooted in bio-geophysical phenomenons where self-governing expressions and notions of reciprocity are recurring themes.
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