the plastic gyre

Atlanta, GA, March 26-7, 2015

In an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution, Drifters Project, the Welch Foundation at Georgia State University (GSU), David J Sencer Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Plastic Pollution Coalition (PPC) jointly host the 2015 Welch Symposium, The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond.

As part of the Atlanta Science Festival, the two-day symposium organized by Pam Longobardi featured a wide array of experts discussing the most current research, creative response, activism mobilization and industry best practices in a quest to address runaway global plastic pollution.  In conjunction with the conference, several joint events included a partnership with a major international art exhibition, Gyre: The Plastic Ocean at The David J. Sencer CDC Museum, film screenings, pop-up exhibition, press junket and a cocktail reception at the CDC Museum.

The Plastic GYRE: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond symposium is conceived by Pam Longobardi, GSU Distinguished University Professor, Professor of Art and founder of the Drifters Project.  “The Gyre is the scientific term for the ocean currents that now propel plastic pollution around the world,” states Ms. Longobardi.  “This unique conference that brings together top scientists, artists, activists and industry leaders as partners in exposing the environmental and public health issues and collaboratively working to offer solutions.”

A signature symposium component is the current art exhibit Gyre: The Plastic Ocean at The David J. Sencer CDC Museum.  The exhibit explores the relationship between modern-day consumption culture, the environment and their joint impact upon communities around the world.  Featured artists include Mark Dion (NY), Alexis Rockman (NY), Susan Middleton (CA), Dianna Cohen (CA), Pam Longobardi (GA), Stephen McPherson (UK), Sue Ryan (AU), Andy Hughes (UK), Max Liboiron (NF), and many more.