The World's Green is Rotting Lime

Erik Peters

mixed media installation

The world’s green is rotting lime is an ecopoetic audiovisual installation that speculates on future ecologies emerging from plastic pollution. The work follows the discovery of a new parasitic flower morpho-species that has evolved to adapt to the infiltrating amounts of microplastics found in the earth’s layers. The story takes place in the Cacupangan cave system in Pangasinan, the Philippines, a subterranean kilometers-long labyrinth of tunnels and underground rivers. Taking its colour from the acidic green plastics of Mountain Dew soda bottles which are commonly upcycled and repurposed across rural provinces, the emergence of the flower reveals a history and future far beyond its
isolated habitat.

The work is a result from the artist’ ongoing field research on coastal climate adaptation strategies between the Philippines and the Netherlands, uncovering how crisis adaptation is shaped by local environmental, economic and cultural conditions.

Ceramic 3D prints produced by ceramist Funda Baysal
Audiovisuals in collaboration with Ymer Marinus
Translation and narration by Jao San Pedro