Sirens is a contemplative, haunting and uncanny display of holographic projections into water featuring an array of sea creatures and mermaids as they encounter human detritus, plastic pollution and climate change.
In ancient folklore, mermaids have come to signify the delirium of an alluring, supernatural and deadly peril. They are often represented as beautiful seductive creatures whose hypnotic voices entrance unwitting sailors to their doom by ruining their ships into lethal tempest or crippling rocks.
The word ‘Siren’ is not only used as an alias for a mermaid but is also the term for a device that warns us of an ominous danger and potent threat.
As global warming impacts the habitats of animals, we see fish populations diminish to the brink of extinction. Mermaids are not exempt from this destructive process. In our story they have been forced to migrate to better feeding grounds to survive. Moving closer to urban environments helps them to scavenge from human food waste. The Sirens’ appearance a symptom of worse things to come...
Sirens was first created as a large scale, outdoor installation that uses holographic projections to transform public waterways into mythical underwater worlds inhabited by supernatural sea creatures and mysterious mermaids.
Originally commissioned by Absolutely Cultured with a premiere in Hull (UK), the project toured to art and light festivals in Aarhus (Denmark), Manchester and Bristol (UK).
The Development Idea
We are now looking to develop this project by creating a supernatural bioluminescent underwater world and placing the installation into a gallery or other suitable indoor space in which we have total control over water clarity, light conditions and the placement of sound in order to create a totally immersive otherworldly experience.
We want to build up the projection content with underwater flora and fauna and apply a luminescent aesthetic treatment that places the ancient creature of the mermaid into visions of the future.
The installation would require the build of a large but shallow water tray whose size can vary from 3m wide x 5m long x 10cm deep to 6m x 9m x 15cm depending on spatial and technical considerations of the venue. The installation could also include more than one water tray, viewing platforms or small bridges across the water trays.