BleachBit

BleachBit

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BleachBit is about coral reefs, the rainforest of the oceans. Coral reefs are a symbiosis between coral polyps and algae. They provide nutrients and shelter for algae, which, in turn, provide food and a mesmerizing color for the polyps through photosynthesis. When coral reefs are stressed, this symbiosis breaks down and algae are expelled from the polyps, thus whitening the corals in a process known as “coral bleaching”. Coral reef loss and degradation are the result of anthropogenic activities, the same activities that contribute to global warming. Some of these actions include overfishing, air and water pollution, and coastal expansion. In addition, oceans absorb a third of all carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which warm the water and cause its acidification. As a consequence, survival for the corals is harder, habitats for fish and other sea life disappears, food chains are at risk, and fish populations decrease. If the marine ecosystem is altered, not only does it impact our oceans, but also society and the economy. We must raise the level of awareness of this matter and implement changes that will help combat global warming. While in technology BleachBit is a disk space cleaner that erases all traces of information, in ecological terms “coral bleaching”, alludes to the loss of intracellular organisms and the erasing of all traces of resilience in coral reefs. As an artist, by removing e-waste from the waste stream and utilizing it as part of my work, I am contributing to lessening its environmental impact. By using these materials, I induce the viewer to think about how technology can be both a contributor to environmental problems and, at the same time, an enabler of solutions. Ultimately, my art is about creating awareness and engaging the public in conversations about our ecological and social responsibilities, while helping them make the connection between art, technology and sustainability.