In this talk Aurora Robson will discuss her own art practice and ongoing dedication to intercepting the waste stream. She will help illustrate the nature and complexity of the plastic pollution problem while offering a specific model for academic inquiry that takes place at the intersection of art and science. She will also describe her own creative stewardship initiatives as well as the related work of other artists, designers, and architects—opening up the potential for artists to serve as active agents of positive change in society.
Robson is the founding artist of Project Vortex, an international collective of artists, designers and architects who also work extensively with plastic debris. She has been developing a college course called “Sculpture + Intercepting the Waste Stream” designed to foster creative stewardship initiatives through academia. Her approach is focused on shifting paradigms in art and science education while helping restrict the flow of plastic debris to our oceans.