Pollution Pods tour UK & Australia
Michael Pinsky: Pollution Pods tour UK & Australia
Pollution Pods land in Greater Manchester for Clean Air Week 2019
Media City Piazza, Salford M50 2QH17 June – 23 June 2019
Media Launch 5pm on 17 June.

A series of domes will recreate the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Forming a ring in the centre of Jack Poole Plaza, visitors will pass through the climatically controlled pods to compare the quality of polluted global environments.  All five Pollution Pods are linked, so that one has to pass through all of them in order to exit the installation.  This visceral experience encapsulates the sense that the world – and our own impact on it – is interconnected.

The entry pod, emulating a peninsula in Norway called Tautra, will use an Airlabs filter to remove all harmful gases to create fresh air.  A smorgasbord of metropolises will follow, each with their own specific and nuanced polluted environments; from London’s invisible but deadly output of nitrogen oxides to New Delhi’s suffocating haze of airborne particles.

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said: “Air pollution is a major public health risk and we have to take urgent steps to tackle the issue in Greater Manchester. It’s also vital that we raise awareness of the health impacts of poor air quality. These Pollution Pods provide a really innovative and interesting way of allowing people to safely experience poor air quality for themselves and I would urge anyone who can make it to come along and find out more”. 

On Thursday 13th a team of air quality scientists from Kings College in London will be on site working with Manchester schools to better inform our youngsters what causes pollution and how we all need to be part of the solution – walking to school, bicycling, using clean public transport.  Clean Air Week itself aims to increase awareness of dirty air, which contributes to the equivalent of 1,200 deaths in Greater Manchester each year, as well as the simple changes we can all take to make our region’s air cleaner. This year the focus is on encouraging people to try walking and cycling for more of their short journeys.

Pollution Pods was originally commissioned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for Climart and has been built with the support of BuildwithHubs. Pollution Pods has received funding from Arts Council England. The tour of Pollution Pods is managed by Cape Farewell. Pollution cocktails created are by IFF‘s global network of scent experts and dispersed using Aroma technology.

Portland to host Pollution Pods
Presented in association with b-side
Portland, Stadium Bowl, Fortuneswell, Portland DT529 June – 1 July 2019

Launch event 28 June, 5pm – 7pm
b-side Assemblies 04: Making Art in Times of Crisis
Join artists Michael Pinsky, Leni Dothan and writer and Extinction Rebellion activist Sara Hudston for a lively and incisive discussion. Both artists have made work in response to the ever-increasing threat of pollution, this event includes a tour of ‘Pollution Pods’ and a screening of “Age of Smoke: Painting the Predator” a BatFish Films short documentary directed by Naima Vogt and Martine Stephen, and co-produced by Thais Martin. The film tells the story of Israeli artist Leni Dothan’s year-long collaboration with a team of chemists from UCL, during which they developed a series of pollution-reactive sculptures to raise public awareness about the danger of pollution in London. The film follows the team from start to finish as they prepare to exhibit ‘The Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre’ at the 2018 b-side Festival.

This event is co-presented by Cape Farewell and b-side.
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Pollution Pods at Science Gallery Melbourne
Treasury Gardens,Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3002, Australia22 August – 1 September 2019. Closed Sunday 25 August
Keynote public talk at the University of Melbourne, 20 August

The Pollution Pods will have a twilight opening in Melbourne on 22nd August 2019, centre stage at the White Night Festival before a further week-long opening as part of Melbourne Science Gallery’s DISPOSABLE season.

This event is co-presented by Science Gallery Melbourne and White Nights

 

Michael Pinsky: Spring Newsletter 2019
Pollution Pods – TED2019: Bigger Than Us
Jack Poole Plaza, Vancouver, BC, Canada15 April – 19 April 2019Pollution Pods will be exhibited for the TED2019: Bigger Than Us, TED’s flagship annual conference.A series of domes will recreate the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Forming a ring in the centre of Jack Poole Plaza, visitors will pass through the climatically controlled pods to compare the quality of polluted global environments.  All five Pollution Pods are linked, so that one has to pass through all of them in order to exit the installation.  This visceral experience encapsulates the sense that the world – and our own impact on it – is interconnected.The entry pod, emulating a peninsula in Norway called Tautra, will use an Airlabs filter to remove all harmful gases to create fresh air.  A smorgasbord of metropolises will follow, each with their own specific and nuanced polluted environments; from London’s invisible but deadly output of nitrogen oxides to New Delhi’s suffocating haze of airborne particles.

Pollution Pods was originally commissioned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for Climart and has been built with the support of BuildwithHubs. Pollution Pods has received funding from Arts Council England. The tour of Pollution Pods is managed by Cape Farewell. Pollution cocktails created are by IFF‘s global network of scent experts and dispersed using Aroma technology.

 

Life Pulse – Spare Parts: Rethinking Human Repair
Science Gallery London
Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU28 Feb – 12 May 2019The SPARE PARTS season will explore the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration. It considers the emotional and psychological aspects of living with a replacement organ or limb; organic or engineered. Developed alongside scientists from King’s College London, the free exhibition and accompanying events programme invites visitors to question whether ‘spare parts’ can exist outside the biological body, or whether our bodies can be a sum of independent parts that are regenerated, enhanced, donated or altered.More information
 

 

Freiburg 2018
Konzerthaus Freiburg, Germany Michael Pinsky’s talk, filled with humor and charm, is a strong statement against air pollution and excessive use of cars. It reveals the mythologies normally associated with the car as the supposedly best means of transport and shows the paradox that in many ways they achieve the opposite result for which they were designed. Showing some of his art objects, he expresses his message in a creative and entertaining way.
https://youtu.be/87zoSgPAmNkwww.tedxfreiburg.com
 

 

 

North Stoneham Park
Eastleigh, HampshireMichael Pinsky has been selected to develop a series of permanent art interventions throughout a new development in North Stoneham Park which was a landscaped parkland designed by Capability Brown.More information
 

 

 

West Bay in Dorset

A new plaza for West Bay which includes a bespoke bench which showcases motorbikes will be completed before the summer.

Michael Pinsky is collaborating with a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, planners and consultants to; create a new hub for the centre of West Bay, construct a boardwalk and viewing platform, enhance the beach promenade and improve access to a cycle path.

The project is coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum and the Arts Development Company and will be complete by the end of 2019.

More information

 

Pollution Pods – Place des Nations
 1202 Genève, Switzerland
29 Oct – 2 Nov 2018

Pollution Pods will be exhibited for the World Health Organisation‘s first global conference on air pollution.

A series of domes will recreate the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Forming a ring in the centre of the iconic Place des Nations, visitors will pass through the climatically controlled pods to compare the quality of polluted global environments.  All five Pollution Pods are linked, so that one has to pass through all of them in order to exit the installation.  This visceral experience encapsulates the sense that the world – and our own impact on it – is interconnected.

The entry pod, emulating a peninsula in Norway called Tautra, will use an Airlabs filter to remove all harmful gases to create fresh air.  A smorgasbord of metropolises will follow, each with their own specific and nuanced polluted environments; from London’s invisible but deadly output of nitrogen oxides to New Delhi’s suffocating haze of airborne particles.

Pollution Pods was originally commissioned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for Climart and has been built with the support of BuildwithHubs. Pollution Pods has received funding from Arts Council England. The tour of Pollution Pods is managed by Cape Farewell.

 

 

 

 

Pollution Pods – Klimahaus
Klimahaus Bremerhaven 8 ° Ost
Am Längengrad 8, 27568 Bremerhaven, Germany9 Nov – 9 Dec 2018

Pollution Pods will be hosted by this innovative museum which allows visitors to travel the world to help them understand the global impact of climate change.

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Place Lalla Yeddouna – nearing completion
Fez Medina, MoroccoPlace Lalla Yeddouna in the heart of the Fez’s Medina, designed by Mossessian & Partners, contains seven courtyards for which Michael Pinsky has created patterns appropriating both the ancient tradition of Zellige design and the sixties tradition of minimalism.
 

 

 

Public Art Commission – Eaux-Vives station
Geneva, SwitzerlandMichael Pinsky’s proposals for an artistic intervention on the perimeter of the new Eaux-Vives station, designed by Jean Nouvel are are now being considered by the Contemporary Art Fund of the City of Geneva. Other shortlisted artists include: Rosa Barba, Kim Sooja and Dider Marcel.
 

 

 

Public Art Commission – California Air Resources Board (CARB)
Riverside County, California, USAMichael Pinsky has been shortlisted by the California Air Resources Board and Dyson & Womack to create a permanent artistic intervention for their new campus in California.

www.carb.dysonwomack.com

 

 

IFRA UK 2018 Fragrance Forum
The Wellcome Collection
London, United Kingdom10 Oct 2018 

Lizzie Ostrom will explore the emerging trend for using ambient scent to create mood and special effects in a variety of settings. Pollution Pods by Michael Pinsky, will be used to demonstrate animation of public health issues through scent, the psychological impact of bad air quality and promoting a visceral reaction through aromas.

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WHO’s First Global Conference on Air Pollution and Health 
WHO Headquarters, Geneva, Switzerland31 Oct 2018 

Michael Pinsky has been invited to give a panel presentation as part of a session highlighting communication, advocacy and partnerships.

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TEDxFreiburg 2018
Konzerthaus Freiburg
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany8 Dec 2018 

Michael Pinsky has been invited to give a TEDx talk exploring whether art can save the world.

www.tedxfreiburg.com

  • 18/04/2018. London, UK. A visitor walks through one of British artist Michael Pinsky's Pollution Pods, a new sensory work installed in the courtyard at Somerset House in London to mark Earth Day 2018. A series of five connecting domes recreate the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Visitors are invited to experience first-hand the difference in the air quality of global environments. The Pollution Pods are open until 25th April 2018, including Earth Day on the 22nd April. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Somerset House
  • 18/04/2018. London, UK. Visitors walk through British artist Michael Pinsky's Pollution Pods, a new sensory work, installed in the courtyard at Somerset House in London to mark Earth Day 2018. A series of five connecting domes recreate the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Visitors are invited to experience first-hand the difference in the air quality of global environments. The Pollution Pods are open until 25th April 2018, including Earth Day on the 22nd April. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid
  • 18/04/2018. London, UK. Visitors walk through British artist Michael Pinsky's Pollution Pods, a new sensory work, installed in the courtyard at Somerset House in London to mark Earth Day 2018. A series of five connecting domes recreate the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Visitors are invited to experience first-hand the difference in the air quality of global environments. The Pollution Pods are open until 25th April 2018, including Earth Day on the 22nd April. Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid

April 18th – 25th 2018

 

A series of domes simulates the pollution from London, Beijing, São Paulo, New Delhi and Tautra in Norway. Forming a ring in the centre of Somerset House courtyard, visitors pass through climatically controlled pods to compare the quality of polluted global environments. All five Pollution Pods are linked, so that one has to pass through all of them in order to exit the installation. This visceral experience encapsulates the sense that the world – and our own impact on it – is interconnected.

 

The entry pod, emulating a peninsula in Norway uses an Airlabs filter to remove all harmful gases to create fresh air. A smorgasbord of metropolises follow, each with their own specific and nuanced polluted environments; from London’s invisible but deadly output of nitrogen oxides to New Delhi’s suffocating haze of airborne particles. The environments have been created in collaboration with chemists and fragrance experts including: Odette ToiletteInternational Flavors & Fragrances, Iscent and the Norwegian Institute for Air Research.

 

Pollution Pods was originally commissioned by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for Climart and has been built with the support of BuildwithHubs. Pollution Pods has received funding from Arts Council England.

 

 

Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid for Somerset House.

Film Credit: Sam Bevitt for BuildwithHubs

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Pinsky will be part of a cross-disciplinary team of engineers, planners and consultants. The West Bay work is part of the wider Dorset Coastal Connections portfolio of 18 projects. The portfolio is funded by the Coastal Community Fund and coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum. The Arts Development Company is working collaboratively with Dorset Coast Forum and the individual project teams. The project will continue until Summer 2019.

 

Cleo Evans, Art and Environment Lead at the Arts Development Company, said:

It’s fantastic to have an artist of this calibre working on West Bay. His work is internationally renowned and exceptionally high quality.’

 

The project a covers a new central ‘Hub’, the construction of a boardwalk and viewing platform on East Beach, enhancements to the West Beach promenade and the creation of a cycle path between West Bay and Bridport.

 

 

 

 

 

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June 18, 2017 – July 7, 2017

 

A series of domes containing pollution from cities around the world will be placed in the Norwegian city of Trondheim as part of an investigation by psychologists to ascertain whether art can really change people’s perception of climate change.

 

Five interconnected geodesic domes will contain carefully mixed recipes emulating the relative presence of ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide which pollute London, New Delhi, San Paolo and Beijing. Starting from a coastal location in Norway, the visitor will pass through increasingly polluted cells, from dry and cold locations to hot and humid.

 
The release of toxic gases from domestic and industrial sources both increase the rate of global warming and have a direct effect on our present-day health. In the West, in cities such as London, one in five children suffer from asthma, whilst in the developing countries such as Delhi, over half the children have stunted lung development and will never completely recover.

 
Whilst those in the developed world live in an environment with relatively clean air, people in countries such as China and India are being poisoned by the airborne toxins created from industries fulfilling orders from the West. The experience of walking through the pollution pods demonstrates that these worlds are interconnected and interdependent. The desire for ever cheaper goods is reflected in the ill-health of many people in world and in the ill-health of our planet as a whole. Within this installation we will be able to feel, taste and smell the toxic environments that are the norm for a huge swathe of the world’s population.

 
Pollution Pods has been commissioned by NTNU as part of Climart a four-year research project that examines the underlying psychological mechanisms involved in both the production and reception of visual art using these findings in an attempt to unite the natural sciences to the visual arts. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and is housed at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway.

 
Pollution Pods will be shown as part of the STARMUS festival in Trondheim, Norway. The STARMUS festival is an international gathering focused on celebrating astronomy, space exploration, music and art. Scientists and astronomers including Stephen Hawking and Buzz Aldrin will be speaking as part of this festival.

Norwegian Research Council
Build With Hubs
The Norwegian Institute for Air Research (NILU)
Airlabs
University of East London

 
If you would like to attend the launch event please email here for more information.

 
Pollution Pods is located on Festning, 7014 Trondheim. 63°25’42.0″N 10°24’44.1″E
https://goo.gl/maps/LfDHpmG9TfN2
Opening hours
Tuesday -Saturday 12.00 – 20.00
Sunday 12.00 – 18.00

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Lurking deep below the surface of Ourcq Canal jettisoned objects await recovery. Over the years their surfaces have gained the complexion of aquatic wreckage. For L’eau Qui Dort, the artist Michael Pinsky has used divers and cranes to dredge the canals and extract this debris.

 

Forty of these ghostly objects have mysteriously appeared upright on the surface of the canal water, bathed in aquamarine light. Again visible, these bicycles, shopping trolleys, signs and fridges confront their owners, demonstrating that society’s desire for the new can only be supported by rendering the old invisible.

 

A strange and beautiful soundtrack has been generated from these objects played by those who live around the canal. Each night this eerie composition emanates from spaces around the canal to form an intricate three-dimensional soundscape.

 

L’eau Qui Dort has been commissioned by COAL for La Villette during COP21 in Paris. The installation can be visited from November 25th 2015 until January 3rd 2016 and is free to the public.

 

 

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ICA: Culture Now: Marjetica Potrc in conversation with Stephanie Delcroix and Michael Pinsky

Institute of Contemporary Arts, London            20 Feb 20151:00 pm | Cinema 1 |

 Ljubljana and Berlin-based artist and architect Marjetica Potrč is joined in conversation by Stephanie Delcroix and Michael Pinsky, discussing her practice ahead of the opening of a new public artwork made in collaboration with Ooze Architects (Eva Pfannes and Sylvain Hartenberg). Commissioned by Stephanie Delcroix and Michael Pinsky for King’s Cross, Of Soil and Water: The King’s Cross Pond Club is a natural swimming pond on the Kings Cross site. Its central pool is surrounded by both hard and soft landscaping, including pioneer plants, wild flowers grasses, and bushes so that the environment evolves as the seasons change.