A confronting art installation inspired by rising sea levels is making a splash at this year’s Art Basel fair in Miami.
Art Basel is an international modern and contemporary art fair staged in Switzerland, the United States and Hong Kong every year.
This year the works on display include everything from interactive portraits with moving eyes and lips, to illuminated installations depicting homosexual serial killers on steel security doors.
But it is a performance installation inspired by the impact of climate change that has captured the attention of revellers.
The piece, entitled Holoscenes, sees performers placed in a large aquarium where they must attempt to carry out everyday tasks, such as moping the floors, making the bed and playing guitar.
The water inside the aquarium fills and drains at varying speeds, in line with the ebbs and flows of real-time global environmental data.
That often leaves performers forced to swim to the top of the aquarium to take breaths throughout the display.
Afghan-Polish artist Lars Jan is behind the work.
According to his website, the piece is inspired by the “remarkable run of devastating floods” that have occurred across the world, including in Australia.
“[The floods] have lost the veil of aberration and instead have assumed the mantle of the norm,” the website states.
Jan told The New York Times that he hoped it would make people “feel climate change in their guts, rather than just understand it”.
“The conversation needs to happen on the street,” he said.
He said the work was about humankind’s ability to adapt to environmental pressures.
The comments come as negotiators from 195 nations deliver a blueprint for a pact to save mankind from disastrous global warming at climate talks in Paris.
Topics: arts-and-entertainment, contemporary-art, climate-change, environment, united-states