LYNCHPIN works within Bookend to support the work of Dr Jennifer Lavers, with particular interest in the capacity of plastics to attract chemicals subsequently absorbed by animal and bird life, as demonstrated in the flesh-footed shearwater research on Lord Howe Island; and in the plastics/phytoplankton ocean balance now estimated to be six plastic molecules to one phytoplankton. Also helping document Jenn's work is Bookend contributor Adriaan Van Huissteden.
The Bookend program is also pleased to help promote Redmap, an interactive website that invites the Tasmanian community to spot, log and map marine species that are uncommon in Tasmania, or along particular parts of the coast. The information collected is mapped and displayed on the site, demonstrating, in time, how species distributions may be changing.
THE OCEAN PROJECT (World Ocean Day 2012)
Looking forward to 2012, LYNCHPIN will be involved with The Ocean Project, a national exhibition exploring our dependence on the oceans and featuring artwork inspired by the marine systems of Australia’s Eastern Seaboard and Southern Oceans. Curated by Phe Luxford and held at the Fortyfivedownstairs gallery in Melbourne, the exhibition will coincide with World Ocean Day (June 8) in 2012.
The Ocean Project seeks to set up a public platform that will stimulate open dialogue around our dependence on the health of ocean systems and highlight the human impacts threatening that balance. It is hoped that this exhibition will connect with and inform a range of state and national audiences. More broadly the exhibition aims to reinforce art’s ability to engage with and contribute to current discussions regarding ecological awareness and conservation.
Continuing our commitment to the Arts-Science dialogue and to telling ocean stories in new ways, we will be supporting the exhibition, with LYNCHPIN’s Sue Anderson invited to exhibit.
In addition to the above, please see our scholarships section for information on ocean-related research being undertaken by LYNCHPIN students.