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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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


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.


The Gallery, 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ


Wed, 13/11/2013 – 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Linking with issue 128 of Urban Design and bringing together eminent practitioners and artists in the field of public art, this event wil look at the innovative ways in which places can be enlivened and enriched by creative design artistry.

  • Introcuction and overview of the recent journal issue from topic editor and UDG patronLindsey Whitelaw
  • Michael Pinsky – British artist who explores the issues that shape and influence use of the public realm in the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident.
  • Peter Fink – Urban designer, artist and founding partner of FoRM Associates with responsibilty for urban and art focused regeneration projects. Peter has played a leading role in strategic projects focusing on green urbanism, drawing upon an unusual background in Engineering, Philosophy and Visual Arts.
  • Jacqui Poncelet – Moving on from early prominence on the international ceramics scene during the 1970s and 80s, Jacqui has since diversified into painting, sculpture and a variety of public art commissions, including ‘Wrapper’ cladding the new building and perimetrer wall next to Edgware Road tube station.