Eric Corriel Studios

multidisciplinary art studio • immersive and interactive public art • video installations • art activism • nyc

Message In A Bottle

Interactive website and short film, 2021

Photograph of a large-scale project on the Manhattan Bridge at nighttime; projection content is a graphic that says, 'It is the year 2125 and this bottle is 23% disintegrated,' followed by a graphic of a disintegrated bottle and large text underneath that reads, '🪦You die🪦'
Photo courtesy of Eric Corriel Studios

Message In A Bottle is interactive website that follows a plastic bottle on its multi-century journey towards disintegration Projected on the Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn, New York; screened at Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, New York (Creative Climate Awards)

Screenshot that says "It is 2048 and this bottle is 6.1% disintegrated" on top; in the middle of the image is a photograph of a plastic bottle, and on the bottom is the text "Water Wars sprout up everwhere" sandwitched between two gun emojis; black background
Screenshot from messageinabottle.film

In the summer of 2021, Eric was selected for an Artist Impact Fellowship at the Human Impacts Institute. In collaboration with Lisa Bloodgood, Director of Advocacy & Education at Newtown Creek Alliance, he designed and built messageinabottle.film.

Screenshot that says "It is 2222 and this bottle is 44.4% disintegrated" on top; in the middle of the image is a photograph of a plastic bottle, and on the bottom is the text "Last polar bear dies and humanity cant believe itself" sandwitched between two gun confused-face emojis; black background
Screenshot from messageinabottle.film

Message In A Bottle premiered at the Creative Climate Awards at Pioneer Works on October 10th, 2021 and was projected on the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn on October 14th, 2021.

Screenshot that says "It is 2373 and this bottle is 78.0% disintegrated" on top; in the middle of the image is a photograph of a plastic bottle, and on the bottom is the text "Bangladesh is water" sandwitched between Bangladesh flag emojis; black background
Screenshot from messageinabottle.film

While messageinabottle.film is this work’s native medium, Message In A Bottle has also been made into a short film for distribution in film festivals. It is available for download here. The film won second place in the 2021 Creative Climate Awards.

Screenrecording of messageinabottle.film

In 2022 messageinabottle.film was nominated for a Webby Award in the category of Sustainability & Environment.

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