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“Ambergris” – Mining The Net Yard for the Roots of Addiction & New Models of Sustainable Fishing: A Multimedia Environmental Installation

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Michael Gorman
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$5,000 Awarded
 

Collaborators: Donna Daly, Eloise Sherrid

“Ambergris” is an environmental installation and performance that explores the roots of addiction and new models of sustainable fishing. The piece is inspired by the economic devastation being caused by the ongoing opiate epidemic within commercial fishing communities in New England and beyond. Held outdoors on the working waterfront in The City of Portland, Maine, this event/installation included the performance of scenes from playwright Michael Gorman’s new play “Chasing the New White Whale”, which draws inspiration from Moby Dick, and is part of Gorman’s on-going project/arts & advocacy model. The event also featured live musical accompaniment, video and photographic projections, dance, visual art, an evolutional series of rolling boats (artistically suggestive models) including an ancient whaling harpoon boat and “The Ambergris”.

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