Sissel Marie Tonn wint BAD Award
Sissel Marie Tonn heeft de Bio Art & Design Award 2020 gewonnen voor het project ‘Becoming a sentinel species’. In 2016 toonde Sissel Marie Ton het Cartographies of the vanishing now samen met Jonathan Reus, bij Zone2Source. Lees verder (in het Engels)
Becoming a Sentinel Species
Sissel Marie Tonn, in collaboration with Heather Leslie and Juan Garcia Vallejo (Department of Environment and Health, VU Amsterdam)
Sissel Marie Tonn investigates the issue of microplastics by re-introducing the concept of a sentinel species. An imaginary human guinea pig takes on the task of becoming a sentinel species by introducing microplastics in her blood. By activating old immunological alarm systems it recalls latent ancient memories of a common origin in the primordial sea. An immersive audiovisual installation invites the audience to connect with the fluid reality of their own bodies and, perhaps, to become sentinel species too.
About BAD Award
The BAD Award promotes high-quality interdisciplinary practice and collaborations between art/ design and science. The resulting artwork ‘Becoming a Sentinel Species’ will be exhibited at MU Artspace in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, with a public opening on 11 December 2020.
The project entitled “Becoming a Sentinel Species’ will be carried out by the artist-scientist team from July to December 2020. This science/science fiction project explores the issue of microplastics by reframing the concept of “sentinel species”. An imaginary human subject takes on the task of becoming a sentinel species by introducing microplastics into her blood. Triggering ancient immunological alarm systems, this evokes latent, ancient memories of our shared origins in the primordial sea. The story unfolds as an immersive audiovisual installation, inviting the audience to connect with the fluid reality of their own bodies, and, possibly, to become sentinel species as well.
Source BAD award website