Sonic Gyre

Along the shoreline, styrofoam beads swirl and settle in our footprints. Plastic bottles crumple and foam crates squeak and break apart as we clamber over them, bumping into plastic fishing floats, resonant as drums.

What music do we make in desperate times? Sonic Gyre brought four Urbanvessel artists to a remote beach in Japan’s Goto islands to improvise with marine plastic pollution, gathering sound, image, movement and story.

The site is remarkable for the density of debris, the result of its proximity to the Kuroshio Current and some of the world’s top producers of mis-managed plastic waste: China, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Plastic blows apart our notion of time: originating in the fossil record hundreds of millions of years ago, it never biodegrades. We eat it, we drink it: we are all becoming plastic people.

Creative Team: Juliet Palmer, Sonja Rainey, Germaine Liu, Aki Takahashi, Aria Evans and Yo Utano.

We acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts.
Nous remercions le Conseil des arts du Canada de son soutien.