How inappropriate to call this planet Earth when it is quite clearly Ocean
The oceans cover the majority of the planet's surface and are a primary line of defense against the effects of anthropogenic climate change. If carefully managed, our oceans' wild fisheries offer an essential resource for feeding Earth's continually growing population. But the oceans face potentially catastrophic threats due to human activity, including the effects of pollution, marine debris, hypoxia, destructive fishing practices, rising sea surface temperatures and acidification. With a sense of foreboding we note the developing crisis driven by the rapidly evolving human capacity to alter planetary ecosystems.
The YOMO creative team is inspired by the profound natural beauty of our oceans and coastlines, including the aesthetics of human involvement. At the same time, we feel a need to respond to the existential threat posed by the rapidly escalating degradation of ocean systems, embracing a multi-dimensional approach to the systems view of life in which humans are part of a larger, living whole. We are a synergistic group of creators with expertise in the use of advanced digital technologies for artistic creation. We also have strong grounding in traditional approaches to visual media, theatre, dance, music, filmmaking and design, as well as many years of experience with artistic projects that integrate all these areas.
As artists and designers deeply engaged with the emerging technologies of our time, the YOMO creators know (all too well) how a lack of attention to crucial values combined with unquestioning acceptance of rational thought can create an unhealthy dependence on ill-considered technological “solutions.” One of our primary objectives is to support climate justice through developing creative frameworks that honor diverse voices and cultural perspectives. We recognize that environmentalism is not a new movement – environmental activism has played a central role in the cultures of indigenous peoples and of brown, black and other disadvantaged communities for thousands of years. Our heartfelt objective is to honor and respond to diverse voices from different communities, nourished and enabled by our strong individual and collective commitment to artistic creation, performance and exhibition.
Image credits: Leandro Damasco, Robert Nathan Garlington