Willingly or not, we in the United States are accomplices to the causes of, and the corporate and government reactions to, the 2010 Macondo Prospect oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Our insistence on having all the toys (and tools) industry lays at our feet – our callous disregard for what has to fall in order for us to (at least feel like we) remain “at the top” – has shown, once again, that we may like to talk the talk but we have a seriously hard time walking the walk.
Two artists have made statements in response to, specifically, the disastrous results of the Deepwater Horizon explosion.
C. Reider’s statement is musical. Using a wide variety of sound sources, he’s created pieces that emphatically describe various parts of the heinous crime to our environment, and the lackadaisical reaction to it by the corporation directly involved and the government we’ve charged with protecting our way of life.
J Henry Fair is a photographer. With the help of small-aircraft pilots dedicated to protecting the eco-systems and natural resources of the American southeast, he took a series of less-than-authorized pictures from 1000 feet above the spill itself, and the coastlines it has fouled.
I recommend listening to Reider’s music while slowly scrolling through Fair’s photographs.