Paul Miller explores the “Tides and Tariffs” of the Maldives

Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale
May 25, 2013 6:39PM

“At this point in the 20th century, its becoming more and more clear that basically, data will be the main conduit for how human beings interpret the world around them. That’s not good or bad – its just the way it is. I wanted find some ideas that link to the issue of artificial versus natural foundations for how human beings exist in this hyper networked world. Main issue here – the tension between how we think about the foundations of our global society and the real issues that we have unleashed that are seemingly beyond our control. The ocean is the most powerful thing on this planet. If you think about tidal power – it can generate electricity to power most of our civilization, and the only thing more powerful is air, and sunlight. That’s how powerful the resource is. I thought that by making an art project about the currents that are the main cause of the Maldives being under environmental catastrophe, it would help raise awareness, and create a forum to discuss these incredibly urgent issues.”— Paul Miller


Images courtesy of the artist.

Maldives Pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale