Plastic Sarira is a web-based media art project that presents a virtual ecosystem in which computer-programmed life forms and 3D-scanned plastic marine debris coexist in symbiosis. Audiences can participate in this simulation as an avatar and interact with various organisms and microplastics. However, these interactions leaves traces on the participants through the transmission (inhalation, consumption) of microplastics, which accumulate and cluster inside their body as a 'sarira'. This process emphasizes humans as interdependent, synthetic beings that are both intimately affected by and influence other organisms and objects in our already plasticized world.
Image description: Sariras.
Photo by: Maitreya Loving Kindness Tour Image description:Microplastics
Photo by: Erik Zettle
MARINE WASTE PLASTIC DATASET
Direction & Programming
Park Syemin, Choi Seunghee
Web Design & Publishing
Arts Council Korea, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
Gathering Moss, co-hosted by Art Center Nabi, Watershed, Bang&Lee
3D Scanning, Point Cloud Visualization, Artificial Life Programming, Convex Hull Algorithm, WebGL, Generative Sound
︎︎︎ Project Website