seeAsaw is an interactive and immersive structure for Beam Camp 2023 in Governor’s Island, New York. Campers will come together to learn and have fun building a radial structure of 6 seesaws, connected by a spectacular draping hammock made from rescued fishing nets, which moves in wave-like motions, reminiscent of the sea. The project raises awareness of the challenges posed by ocean pollution, and paves the way forward by reusing ‘ghost nets’ that pose threats to marine ecosystems.
Ocean pollution is one of the many toxic parts of the complex challenge of the climate emergency. Its impact will have a visible and real impact on the future lives of campers and other young people worldwide unless attitudes and behaviours change now. Ghost gear includes nets, ropes, fishing rods, hooks, and traps, abandoned at sea. As these items are designed to trap animals and are very durable, they can cause serious damages to the marine ecosystem. Animals get tangled in discarded fishing gear, attracting other animals that get tangled up as well and through that creating a deadly cycle, called cyclic catching. Abandoned nets are among the greatest killers in our oceans - as most are made of non-biodegradable synthetic fibres, they can endure in the environment for long periods – and therefore can continue to catch fish for hundreds of years.
With seeAsaw we invite campers to jointly effect change – by building, by moving and by choreographing sound and movement. The project is all about collaboration, balance and making waves: collaborating to build a structure, creating synchronized wave effects through collective balance and figuratively making waves by raising awareness of one of the many problems of the urgent climate crisis we are in.
In collaboration with Ghost Diving USA, and Ruben Correia