A HOLE TO SEE THE OCEAN THROUGH
video and sound, 3:31 minutes
A Hole to See the Ocean Throughis a verbal map of etymology and explores the metaphorical power of words through mapping the word ‘plankton.’ Ga weaves an account of the terms and procedures performed daily by Tara’s scientists with her own invention of corresponding metaphor and mythology. The hypothetical 3,000 year drift along the floes and currents of the sea – from pole to pole and back of polar molecule ¬ becomes a powerful symbol of the Tara’s surrender. Ga’s lexicon is introduced in this piece, as the uncertainty of the drift reveals the artist’s discovery of a richness of symbolism and analogy. Like the plankton, these simple organisms who move at the whim of the sea’s current, the Tara lodged into the pack-ice was also at the whim of the sea.
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