Autumn Newsletter 2018


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.



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.

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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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Michael Pinsky is representing the House of St Barnabas with a new edition of Viral Planting where a microscopic image of the ebola virus will emerge from thirty-thousand plastic flowers. This viral depiction, appropriated from the media, has been magnified to the point where its surface breaks down to provide the structure for a bed of plastic flowers where each pixel is replaced by a flower bud. Viral Planting operates in the changing landscape of humankind’s obsession with viral disasters and plagues. The flowers are arranged to reflect each new virus which is prevalent in the media, contributing to a growing floral archive of viruses.

Preview Wednesday 20th of May  6pm – 9pm
Open to the public 
Thursday 21st of May 11am – 9pm
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd of May 11am – 7pm

Michael Pinsky in conversation with the curator Katie Heller from 12pm on Friday 22nd of May.


Viral Planting featured on London Live 


De-installation of Viral Planting

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A Stitch in Time showing as part of Collecting Collections at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Many of the designs within the work have come from the V&A collection. More info here









A new monograph is to be published to accompany the exhibition Survey at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu, curated by Mei Huang. Supported by the British Council the catalogue contains texts by Mei Huang and an interview with Helena Reckitt.

Hard Cover, 19 x 26cm, 200 pages full colour

Published by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu

Designed by Wu Weichia

Edition Xin Dong Cheng ISBN 978-2-915823-23-3

Available in the UK from Michael Pinsky £24.95 + P&P

02._invitation_297mmx210mm_preview_frontSurvey is a major exhibition showing together for the first time a large number projects produced over the last decade including collaborative works with Walker & Bromwich and Cabula 6. A new work A Stitch in Time, commissioned by MOCA, will subsequently be shown at the Victoria and Albert Museum in July.

Curated by Mei Huang, Survey has been co-produced by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu and the British Council. A new monograph will be published by the British Council to coincide with the exhibition.

The exhibition opens on April 18th 2014.

A new commission A Stitch In Time  for the Museum of Contemporary Art has gained a Grant for the Arts Award from Arts Council England.