Plastacean Migration

Hugi Asgeirsson


Glowstones have gathered at the shores of the Baltic Sea. Is it migration or evolution? At night, the glowstones pulsate and sing, while they move at an unperceivable rate out of the oceans.

Full description of concept

One morning, a herd of glowing rocks migrated out of the Baltic Sea. Glowing pulsating stones, seemingly made of plastic, but alive. Marine biologists have studied the glowstones and concluded that while they are partially biological and share some heritage with molluscs, their exoskeletons are made out of plastic. While the scientific community at large is still debating whether the whole thing is a hoax, at least one researcher has proposed that we're witnessing ultra rapid evolution. These glowstones, she says, are the result of marine life adapting to the immense amounts of plastic we've thrown into the ocean. Our garbage is evolving and it's returning to us in a new form.

But something else is going on. These glowstones don't behave like molluscs, and they seem to move with purpose. Their vibrating pulsating husks are strangely soothing, and there have been reports of those who've been in contact with the singing herds of glowstones experiencing blurred lines between dreams and reality.

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Around 20-30 glowstones will be made out of recycled plastic, fitted with strong leds and connected to an Arduino. There might be some way to interact with the rocks and make them sing or change their pulsations, and coming up with how that could work will be a part of the creative process.

The plastic glowstones will be weighed down with sand and rocks to prevent them from blowing away. If possible, it would be fantastic to have a few of the rocks submerged in water and anchored with weights. Making this work is not crucial to the project, and if we can't figure out how to make sure they don't become ocean MOOP, we will keep them on land.

Moop plan (matter out of place)

All glowstones will be transported to and from Boesdal.

How can other borderlings cocreate with you?

I'm not sure yet how to make this. If it sounds cool and you have any ideas for how to make this happen, get in touch and we'll work on it together!

What is this?

Congratulations! You've stumbled upon something special. Borderland is a participatory festival that takes place in Boesdal, Denmark. It's a fully participatory event where everything is created by the participants themselves, with out any spectators.


  • Do you need electricity from the grid? Yes, enough to power a bunch of strong leds and two small speakers. Since they will be on the beach, we'll need a long cable to get electricity.

  • Will there be light? Yes, the rocks will glow!

  • What is your audio footprint? The rocks might sing, granted that we have the resources and time.

  • Forces of nature Glowstones will be water proof and wires will be protected and covered. Every rock will be partially filled with sand and stone to make sure they don't get airborn. Some of them might go under water, and in that case they'll have to be completely water tight, anchored to the bottom and the cables have to be well sealed.

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