ghost in the nets

NGV Competition | 2020

Architecture: level-ak

Drawn in by the arm of a much-needed embrace, a familiar cochlear form invites my deep listening. Curious scents drift into my consciousness with a sea of possibility. With wonder, my hand runs along a brittle and rubbery skin. One ear detects an audible soundscape, reminiscent of a faraway sea. One I once discovered in a shell inverting memory and space. My heart slows with a nurturing heartbeat, sounds of sticks clapping, waves lapping interlacing with the crackle of a fire. I follow others in their ritual of participation. I choose a strand of the slimy brown kelp, guided by the stories of an Indigenous ecologist. This is an invasive species threatening our delicate coastal ecologies. We could eat it, create energy, medicine and shelter from it. I thread the kelp into the discarded Ghost nets doing my part. Hope this moiré finds a new home in a bushfire affected area.

Project team: Nadine Samaha, Sarah Naarden, Wei Guo, Lam Le.

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