It’s been said that the earth is a very delicate ecosystem. We often take it for granted because we all lead busy lives. LUCiD brings awareness around the health of our oceans. Phytoplankton in the ocean are responsible for every second breath that we take. If it were not for the oceans, we would not be alive. So regardless where you live, it’s important to understand your passive impact on the ocean. The goal is not to make us all feel bad, rather to empower us with a revolution of thinking that enables us to change our course of action for the better.
Jeremy McKane and his Mind Controlled installation called LUCiD has been accepted to this year ArtPrize! ArtPrize is the world’s largest Art Competition and attracts over 500,000 Visitors. It is a competition that pays artists $1,000,000 for juried and public awarded works of art. McKane feels that it’s necessary to go big or go home. So this year LUCiD ESB is located at the City Water Building in a 30,000 square foot space with 30 foot ceilings. This will be ArtPrize’s LARGEST indoor installation! Patrons will be immersed in floating projections of marine debris, overfishing, ocean acidification and human destruction. At the end of the room exists a large parabolic video of marine plastic pollution and perhaps the existential threats facing the ocean’s health. 3 pedestals with neurofeedback devices reside in a white light. The words “TRY ME” followed by “CLEAR YOUR MIND” sit beside a pair of futuristic looking glasses. As you put them on you relax, clear your mind. Once we have detected your mind is in a meditative state, everything shifts. A wave of blue sparks through the room. The white light you are standing in turns purple. The screens go black. It’s a new beginning and you see there are still beings in our ocean that are worth us fighting for and not giving up. Of course none of this happens if patrons simply walk through the space and do nothing. At specific times during the two-week installation, you will be brought to a LIVE broadcast in Tonga where McKane will be on expedition filming humpbacks giving birth in the wild. Something never witnessed before by human eyes. Of course it is possible we will not get the opportunity. Either way you will get to see a LIVE view from our ROV of what is happening in the wild. When a LIVE video isn’t possible either due to technical difficulties or it is not at the predefined LIVE schedule, a series of images of Phytoplankton engulf the space as these microscopic creatures create the air we breathe. These microscopic creatures absorb carbon dioxide and through photosynthesis create oxygen. These little guys hardly get the credit for generating every second breath that we breathe.
At least ONE person must stop and be the change we all need and it all starts with thinking differently. However, it’s not up to us to make anyone do anything. Each of us has to want to be the changemaker. As you leave the installation, you walk through a corridor where all you hear is breathing. A stark reminder of something we do all the time and we take it for granted. Just like our oceans ability to provide those breaths. These little seeds of thought McKane hopes one day will be a forest of change.