Seizing Life (II)

Lines and Pathways

Lines and Pathways 牠們的路, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong (April 18, 2017)
An Interactive kinetic installation that depicts relationships between pathways of turtle migration and pathways of the exotic animal trade 互動動力裝置,展示海龜遷徙與野生動物貿易路線的關係
http://coral.scm.cityu.edu.hk/
With Peter NELSON & Keshav SINGH
 
Project Description 作品介紹
 
Using GPS migration data from The Nature Conservancy, combined with research into the animal trade and knowledge shared with us by the local community, we have created a dynamic system that maps the
interconnections that sustain the life of the Hawksbill turtle. Using a kinetic components, we show how the pathways of animal migration and animal trade are connected to broader global forces.

使用大自然保護協會提供的海龜遷徙衛星導航數據,結合當地社群和我們分
享的動物貿易研究資料,我們製造了一個動態系統,模擬那些圍繞玳瑁龜生
活相互連繫的關係。我們更借助動力組件展示動物遷徙路徑和動物貿易,如
何與更廣泛的全球勢力相關。
Artists Statement 創作自述

One of the most profound realizations from our time in the Solomon Islands was the complexity of the relationships that determine the lives of any single species in this area. The plight of the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle initially motivated our journey to the Arnavons. However, in learning more about the story of this particular animal, we found ourselves engaging with a far broader historical changes, both at a local and global level. Pathways are crucial to how turtles navigate across wide stretches of oceans. The Earth’s magnetic fields help them
return to the beach where they were born to nest again. Over the course of recent history, the lines created by the turtle migrations have been overshadowed by those of their empty shells, phantoms of their existence and reminders of the havoc we are wreaking on this planet. In recent decades, the Arnavon Islands conservation projects have traced a new series of entanglements between humans, Hawksbill turtles, and the management of nesting sites, increased monitoring and study of this species has fostered a sustained recovery in their population. They have also revealed new understandings of the migration patterns traced by the turtles. By focusing on the pathways of the Hawksbill, we seek to tell a glocal story of actions and consequences, as well as interconnectivity and
shared responsibility.

探索所羅門群島之旅對我們最大的啟發之一,便是看到該區
任何特定物種的生活,都籠罩在複雜關係網絡之下。考察瀕
臨絕種的玳瑁龜,是我們此行的目的。然而,當我們愈認識
這種海龜,便愈發現我們置身在更廣闊的歷史變化裡,無論
就當地抑或全球的層次而言。
歷來海龜都跟隨地球的磁場遷移。牠們橫渡海洋,找到牠們
出生的海灘,靠的便是這些磁力線。時至今日,海龜的遷徒
路線因龜板貿易、捕獵、人為污染而逐漸變得失色。亞納逢
的保育計劃,就是要查察人類和玳瑁龜生活路線之間的關
係、管理海龜產卵地點、監察及研究如何改善牠們的存活條
件,以及增加了解牠們的遷徙路徑。通過集中研究玳瑁龜的
遷徙路徑,我們嘗試述說