Suhyun Hwang

Sorry, Nature




Showing How Quickly Plastic Amasses

Ice Watch

Consider Water Scarcity

Prefix : Hello, my name is Suhyun Hwang and this portfolio is titled “Sorry, Nature.”
The licensing I will be using is CC BY.


This portfolio is about dances that let people realize how their behavior and development affect the nature. There are three environmental dances. One of them is “Showing How Quickly Plastic Amasses,” created by Lynn Neuman. Another one is “Ice Watch,” performed by Olafur Eliasson. The last one is Davalois Fearon work named “Consider Water Scarcity.”



There are two themes presented by this portfolio. The first them is the physical, interpersonal nature of dance, which is the unique way to change people’s understanding of the world around them. The second theme is the importance of protecting our nature. This theme allows people think about what consequences their behavior brought about.


The first image is Lynn Neuman’s “Showing How Quickly Plastic Amasses.” She wondered about waste and its source, and began to concentrate on single-use disposability. She gathered a myriad amounts of discarded plastics such as bags and six-pack rings and invited group of people to contribute their own. Showing the fast speed of plastics being amassed, she wished people to consider their wasting habits. The second image is Olafur Eliasson’s “Ice Watch.” Because she wanted to give people feeling of melting glaciers as much as possible, he transferred twelve icebergs from Greenland and let dancers dance around the ice. The performance took place in Paris, at Place du Panthéon, from 3 to 13 December 2015. The final image is Davalois Fearon’s “Consider Water.” This work is influenced by domestic and global water issues such as water scarcity or water-related natural disasters and three types of artistic expressions are involved, which are dynamic and fluid dance, original music, and visual arts. The purpose of the dance is to allow audience members to think about one of the earth’s most valuable resources.


In midst of familiarity with natures, we forget how beneficial they are. The three artists mentioned above envisioned unique way to draw people’s attention to think about the importance of nature’s existency. It lets them reflect their habits and their impacts on the nature. The environmental dances are celebrated for making audience members just feel like the nature is alive as Olafur Eliasson said “I’m trying to propose that there is a link between translating an idea into doing.”





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