You Can’t Unblink

An interactive installation by Ozge Samanci, 2019. When participants blink their eyes, droplets of water fall on dry ice and they system releases carbon dioxide. Nothing lasts. Life on earth will vanish eventually. All we can do is to live…

You Can't Unblink

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An interactive installation by Ozge Samanci, 2019.

When participants blink their eyes, droplets of water fall on dry ice and they system releases carbon dioxide.

Nothing lasts. Life on earth will vanish eventually. All we can do is to live our time on this planet meaningfully.

In our fast-paced-capitalistic system, in every breath, in every heartbeat, in every blink we leave a carbon footprint. Increasing temperatures cause the expansion of water and the rise of sea levels. Glaciers are melting. Ocean acidification is increasing. Shells and bones of marine organisms are dissolving.

We have heard so many times that since the industrial revolution our carbon dioxide creation has increased. We have become immune to this statement. This installation slows time and magnifies the impact of our smallest actions on carbon dioxide release. My aim is to enable visitors to feel their individual and collective impact through an action-based metaphor.

Even though we are concerned, we continue to use the systems and services, transatlantic flights, online shopping, server spaces, meat-based diets, and so on. Core change happens with policy change. Our individual sadness without political action forms an ocean of tears around the glaciers, still speeding the release of carbon dioxide and triggering catastrophic consequences. Feelings that lead to actions create change.

This piece was created during artist residency at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) and Squire Foundation. Blink Detection Code: Blacki Migliozzi

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