Dr. Alexander Bond
Born 1983 in Halifax, Canada
Lives and works in Milton Keynes, Tring, and London, United Kingdom; and Hobart, Australia
Dr. Ian Hutton
Born 1950 in Sydney, Australia
Lives and works on Lord Howe Island, Australia
Dr. Jennifer Lavers
Born 1979 in Edmonton, Canada
Lives and works in Hobart, Australia
Detached Cultural Organisation artist in residence for Adrift Lab, Lord Howe Island, 2014
Detached Cultural Organisation
Michael Bugelli, Penny Clive AO, Dr. Matthew Lamb, Sergei Nester, Mark Young, Dean Ware and studio
Adrift Lab is a group of researchers studying all things adrift in the ocean, including plastic, chemicals, and wildlife. Adrift Lab analyses data gathered at sea and on beaches to identify long-term trends and quantify the impact of marine plastic pollution. Their projects range from monitoring sentinel species, to developing tools to quantify sub-lethal effects following ingestion by wildlife. They use the information generated from their research outputs to engage the broader community and inform policy-making, with an aim to drive positive change for the ecology of our world’s oceans. Adrift Lab includes diverse graduate students and post-docs from all over the globe, who offer specialist skills in ecotoxicology, statistical analysis, and marine ecology.
Each year in April scientists from Adrift Lab travel to Lord Howe Island where they have been researching the ongoing impacts of plastic pollution on the shearwater bird population. Rubbish is carried to Lord Howe Island by the shearwater birds who mistake the plastic for prey in the ocean. Ingestion of plastics by the birds leads to dehydration, starvation and exposure to toxic chemicals. Dr. Jennifer Lavers explains “As a scientist and a science communicator, I feel it is my responsibility to tell the story of these places and give a voice to the voiceless,” as each year, the proportion of shearwater birds recorded with plastic in their stomachs continues to rise. An arrangement of reclaimed wooden tables reference Adrift Lab's kitchen table on Lord Howe Island and display a number of specimens, thousands of images, hours of video, and years of scientific research by the scientists.
Detached Cultural Organisation responds to the challenges, complexity, and resonance of Australian and international contemporary art and society. Established in 2008, Detached continues to be independent, elusive, and perpetually renewing.
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