Aaron Glasson is the Creative Director for PangeaSeed, an international organization which collaborates with members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities to raise awareness of marine issues. PangeaSeed is dedicated educating people about the current problems surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril. Aaron’s personal creativity also holds its own in the art world, as can be seen from his projects and
VNA: Tell us more about PangeaSeed?
Aaron Glasson: PangeaSeed is a collective of creative people concerned about the state of the worlds oceans. We’ use art and design as a tool to educate and inspire people to get behind marine conservation and create positive change.
VNA: How did you first get involved with the project?
AG: Tre Packard started PangeaSeed back in 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. I had just moved to Tokyo and a friend introduced us at the first ever PangeaSeed event, which was a fundraising art exhibition. Tre needed help, and I wanted to get involved. That was about 5 years ago now, and since then we’ve hosted about thirty art exhibitions, film festivals, and so much more.
VNA: What is your role over there?
I’m Creative Director for PangeaSeed. I make films, design stuff, curate, paint, do all sorts of things.
VNA: What are the most exciting things about Pangeaseed for you?
AG: We are constantly working with really incredible people from around world, and there’s always new people getting involved. It keeps me optimistic and inspired to know that things I care about, others do too. Our projects are getting more and more ambitious. I’m really excited about the Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans Project. We’re been painting murals around the world that encourage marine conservation, relative to the areas the murals are painted and the project is getting huge. We just hosted a festival on an island [Isla Mujeres] off the coast of Mexico. We had 15 amazing artists there, all painting murals about the endangered Manta Ray and Whale sharks.It’s rad, because it really beautified the Island, and got people interested in the animals. We have many more Sea Walls events in planned in the near future, which is exciting, I feel the like project has infinite potential.
VNA: How do you choose which artists you work with and what destinations you go to for projects?
AG: We’re worked with over 500 artists over the years, sometimes they approach us, sometimes we approach them. We often approach people we think are interested in the causes, and are good at what they do. It’s a bonus if an artist has a following as it helps reach and educate more people. We choose destinations that have an obvious or critical need for some kind of intervention, change, and are open to it.
VNA: You also work as an artist over at www.rahkaishi.com – how do you balance the two creatively?
AG: My personal work and PangeaSeed is often one and the same, but I do freelance work and have a personal practice also. For a while, all I did creatively was PangeaSeed and ocean-related, but in the last year or so I’ve been focusing on my own work a lot more. To be honest, as much as I love it, it got jading just making art about the ocean and it’s problems, so it’s been nice to make work outside of that, unrelated, and more about my own existence and experience. It is good to have both though, it’s balancing in that way.
VNA: What are the longer term goals and initiatives of your projects?
AG: Long-term, we just want to keep getting more and more people involved, and keep making projects that have real tangible and positive effects. The idea is to make ocean conservation hip, mainstream, in the mass consciousness and make it the priority it needs to be. Everyone one of us can and does effect the oceans daily with how we live, our consumption habits, what we say and do. We would like people to realise that and not feel incapacitated, but empowered.