[image-3] The trailer for ALBATROSS opens with, appropriately, a line from Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner: “Until my ghastly tale is told, this heart within me burns.” Within seconds we’re taken to Midway Island in the north Pacific Ocean, more than 2,000 miles from the nearest continent; blue waves break, and birds swoop through the sky, landing in halcyon green flowering fields, filled with other birds.
It’s peaceful and lovely, until it’s not.
[image-4]As part of SEA CHANGE, a collaboration between the Halsey and the South Carolina Aquarium, the art institute presents a series of exhibitions and programs to raise awareness about the world’s plastic waste problem.
In ALBATROSS, artist and filmmaker Chris Jordan documents his trip to the Midway Island, which sits amidst the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch.” Although thousands of miles away from the nearest human, the deleterious effects of human waste harm the feathered inhabitants of Midway Atoll as adult albatrosses feed their babies lethal quantities of plastic, mistaking the floating trash for food (see the inside of a nesting chick’s stomach above).
The Music Hall screens the premiere of this documentary film tomorrow at 7 p.m.; the event is free and open to the public. Jordan’s photo series Midway, a collection featuring images taken at Midway Atoll, is on display at the Halsey through December 7. [embed-1]