“ROLL OF THE DICE”
April and May, 2014
At the MBK Galerie
|The MBK Galerie. My dice, 2D and 3D, are falling from every corner of the|
building. I enjoyed texturing from floor to ceiling,
inside this attractive building on a German sim. If you visit, also tour the sim.
The opening reception for Roll of the Dice was Sunday April 13. Asmita Duranjaya arranged for Miriam Evanier to stream traditional music from all over the world, with a focus on India and Indonesia, because she knows I love that style. There were also Western pieces included. Asmita at the sitar, and Miriam at the tablas, the reception began with a performance of raga music and Indian dancing.
Survival is a gamble. For many, it is a series of moves in a game of chance. On the face of each die is a number from 1 to 6. The odds are we have a one in six chance of hitting our desired number. The approach we take to the environment is akin to a throw of the dice. The survival of the planet in our hands is a game.
I’ve referenced Sally Painter’s list of the seven biggest threats to the environment for my exhibit. There are so many others. The melting of the polar ice caps, for instance, is not mentioned. These are seven among the ambassadors of an ailing planet. While creating my build, I couldn’t help from noticing a correlation with the seven deadly sins. These sins turn an indifferent eye to the planet’s rapidly diminishing health. The largest threats to the environment are most surely earned from our deadly sins.
In each of the six nooks of the MBK gallery, I’ve represented one face of the die. Each roll of the die tells a story for which we gamble. Their faces are represented as follows:
1. Human Population (Over population with resulting depletion of resources)
2. Earth Changes (Human induced climatic changes)
3. Deforestation (Losing biodiversity)
4. Ozone depletion
5. Acid rain
6. 160 Dead Zones in the ocean
And what of the seventh face of a six sided die? Where is that? And what is the threat related to it? At the end of the center isle of the building, in place of an altar, is the last die. All its faces are blank; there are no punctuated numbers on its surface. It falls upon this last die to reflect a resultant threat:
7. Species Extinction
Is the Earth real estate? Are its life forms, vegetation, and resources rightfully subject to our beliefs? To what extent do we own it? The classical answer is ‘might makes right’. We are greedily consuming resources, polluting the planet from the oceans to the skies, from a compromised present to an endangered future. The vast majority of humanity doesn’t recognize this emergency state, and find little wrong with our specie’s domination of the planet. But in truth, we did not inherit the earth, we stole it. It is not ours any more than the other non-human inhabitants. We still haven’t learned to share. The Earth is not ours, but the responsibility to clean it up immediately is only ours. That is our charge. Denial is the eighth sin: that sin which escapes the traditional list, the deadliest of all, for which there can be no die face capable of holding a number which erases itself. This 8th nook is not represented in the exhibit. It is something we already carry with us daily, and everywhere we go.