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Raise your Voice (2010): Midway – Message from the Gyre (2009) / Chris Jordan | by Ars Electronica
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Raise your Voice (2010): Midway – Message from the Gyre (2009) / Chris Jordan

(July 23, 2010) “Raise Your Voice” is an often-exclaimed call to speak out loud and clear and to take action against global inequities and social evils. In this exhibition, you’ll be getting an earful from artists whose works endeavor to build bridges between abstract facts & figures and the actual facts & circumstances of everyday life. Efforts that take the form of critical documentation, creative use of previously resources, or exhortations to get actively involved – to speak out in no uncertain terms and make your protest resound for all to hear. This won’t be a swan song dedicated to the good old days; the name of this tune is “You Better Move On”!


Every year thousands of young albatrosses are dying a slow and painful death on the Midway Atoll, a small coral- and sand bank in the North-Pacific. They are fed by their parents with plastic waste floating on the sea - 3.000 kilometers from the nearest continent.

In the end, they starve from too much plastic in their stomachs.


Chris Jordan (US) has documented this annual drama with impressive photographs.


credit: Midway, 2009-2010, Chris Jordan,

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Taken on September 17, 2009