The Sea Has Memory

Airbgr Swedish Potter, Swedish Ceramics

The Dalarö Wreck Pistol, stolen by looters known as “black divers”, reinterpreted in clay.

The Baltic Sea, due to its unique salinity, has preserved thousands of artifacts.

Ships and structures hundreds of years old are lying on the bottom in an amazingly pristine state.

Ceramics found by archeologists among the wrecks have been fundamental to understanding this unique maritime heritage.

The closed off shape of the sea is also a curse, with man-made poisons staying in the marine environment. Baltic fish is officially “not recommended” for consumption by children and pregnant women due to high dioxin levels.

Military mines, unexplored ordnance and wrecks leaking oil and industrial toxins are some of the other remnants of human activity.

The project “The Sea Has Memory” celebrates the history and brings up environmental concerns of the Baltic Sea with an artistic interpretation of objects and ideas through ceramics. The paradigm of “the sea hides all secrets” undergoes heavy scrutiny.  An important aspect of the project is creating objects that can be interacted with, including touch, enabling an immersion experience empowering all visitors, and not excluding children and vision impaired.

At its early stage, the project  has gotten excellent feedback from visitors that say they often feel excluded in a traditional museum or gallery setting with touching forbidden.

The challenge of developing items able to withstand rough handling is an ongoing one.

A limited edition of objects from the project are scheduled to retail through the new Swedish state Dalarö Marine Park.

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