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Trash Vortex

Trash Vortex, Hackney Wicked Festival, July / August 2009

Artists - Karen Ay, Claire Blundell Jones, Forge & Cutter, Russell Herron, Helene Kazan, Georgie Manly, Stuart Murray and Danny Pockets
curated by Steve Smith

Press Release
In the central areas of the Pacific sea circulating currents deposit and contain an increasing collection of sea-bound detritus, a massive floating island of discarded plastic collects in the eye of these currents, this phenomenon is known as “The Trash Vortex”. It is from ripples of insignificant and complacent individual actions to its eventual collective global significance during the Hackney Wicked Festival and at various sites across Hackney Wick and Fish Island that the artists in the exhibition “The Trash Vortex” explore where the insignificant, throwaway and complacent may foretell massive events and actions. Ripples become currents and currents have the power to drag the small and insignificant into their orbit and create a mass of great power and significance.