4. 2022 Socrates Annual Sink or Swim: Climate Futures
Until March 12, 2023, Socrates Sculpture Park presents the 2022 Socrates Annual Sink or Swim: Climate Futures. The installation features five projects from Cheyenne Concepcion, Sean Desiree, Koyoltzintli, Randi Renate, and Daniel Shieh that center around the urgency of combating climate change. As ocean levels rise, leaving coastal cities underwater, the installation posits that sinking might be preferable to swimming. While the metaphor of sink or swim promotes individualism, defeating climate change requires collective action, the installation suggests through its paired installations. While one piece generates heat through the combination of sustainable building practices and recycled materials, another — pictured above — is inspired by the “anatomy and symbiotic existence of coral polyps.”
“Together these artists propose social adaptation and resilience, learning from the natural world, and reimagining of new and old technologies as necessary steps for living in our future global climate,” Jess Wilcox, Curator and Director of Exhibitions at Socrates Sculpture Park, said.