Contrary to the common belief that marine plastics form vast garbage vortexes (gyres) in the middle of the ocean, research has shown that 99 % of plastics go »missing«. This is the result of plastics breaking down into nanoplastics, which are absorbed by marine animals and then enters our food chain. Many scientists believe that we have entered a new geological age, the Anthropocene, in which human activity has become the dominant influence on the planet. They argue that such dominance will leave enduring traces, such as dumping grounds filled with fossilised technological waste (technofossils). Through my »blueprints«, I invite the viewer to reflect on our global footprint and to think about the »blueprints« that we, as a species, will leave after us.
About the artist:
Scholz has focused his artmaking on environments which have been affected by human activity, -encompassing landscapes affected by, for example, war, pollution, and the climate crisis. He is exploring and experimenting with alternative and sustainable practices, to highlight the need to critically reflect on our daily carbon footprint.