I’m Laughing at Clouds – Cambridge
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Professor Roderick Watkins, Deputy Vice Chancellor will formally launch  I’m Laughing at Clouds
6.30pm on Thursday 24th of September 2015. The opening will feature a newly commissioned site-specific dance performance by the Daisy Farris Dance Collective.

I’m Laughing at Clouds is an ensemble of nine tactile lighting columns. By touching sensors embedded in the sculpture, the passer-by can create a composition of light and sound. The lampposts are programmed to respond to the human touch recording the frequency of a person’s pulse. This data is represented through the illumination of the columns and by samples of sung heartbeats recorded from children in the neighbouring Brunswick Nursery School.

I’m Laughing at Clouds has been commissioned by Anglia Ruskin University for the new Young Street Buildings. Guided tours are available on Thursday 24th of September at 4pm and 5.30pm and can be booked by emailingmiriam.berg@anglia.ac.uk or calling 01223 695060.

I’m Laughing at Clouds is located in the courtyard outside Young Street Building, Cambridge CB1 2LZ.


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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

Photographer - John Sturrock

Photographer – John Sturrock


Curated by Michael Pinsky and Stephanie Delcroix and set in the King’s Cross development, Of Soil and Water: The King’s Cross Pond Club celebrates the power of nature to regenerate itself and to modify human behaviour in the heart of the city. Berlin-based artist Marjetica Potrc and Rotterdam-based architectural duo Ooze have moulded a mound and basin from the earth and water available at the construction site.

Whilst the mound and its surroundings have been planted with wild flora and meadow species, the basin is populated by halophytes, which have the capacity of filtrating impurities and turning its waters into a swimmable area. On any given day, the plants’ maximum cleansing power limits the number of human beings ‘taking the waters’ to 163.

Bathers climb up the mound in order to access the pond. Upon entering and leaving the water, they are exposed to the scrutiny of residents and passers-by. Once immersed in the protective waters, their gaze levels with that of onlookers unsettling the relationship between the observed and the observer.

Of Soil and Water posits the fragility of building sites as places in transformation in contrast to the self-regenerative power of nature thus addressing the value of land versus that of nature in the contemporary global city and the equilibrium human beings need to find between the two.

Commissioner:  King’s Cross Central Ltd Partnership
Address: Lewis Cubitt Park at London’s King’s Cross, N1C, UK

The installation will open to the public in May 2015. Please visit http://www.kingscross.co.uk/kings-cross-pond-club for an update on the opening date and hours.


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.

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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

imlaughingatclouds03I’m Laughing at Clouds, a permanent commission for a new campus for the Health and Social Care Faculty at Anglia Ruskin University has obtained planning permission and will be launched in 2015.


An ensemble of nine tactile columns, which detect the heartbeat of participants and convert their systolic readings into a composition of light and sound.


I’m Laughing at Clouds modifies public lighting to make it react to the individual. By touching sensors embedded in the lighting columns, the passerby creates a composition of light and sound. The lampposts are programmed to respond to the human touch and record the frequency of the person’s heartbeat. This data is presented through the illumination of the columns and also through samples of children’s voices. Simple sung notes will be recorded from children attending Brunswick Nursery School. As visitors touch the sensors a child’s voice  will sing a note, then at the point the heartbeat is registered the note will be follow the rhythm of the heartbeat. Both the illumination and the sound will get progressively softer until they both drift away completely, only to be reignited by the sensor being touched again.


I’m Laughing at Clouds acknowledges it neighbours, the Medical Faculty, the Music Therapy Course and the Nursery, referring to the essence of human life and health, vocal harmonies and childhood.



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.



Plunge has been nominated for the PRIX COAL 2014. The €10,000 award recognises artistic projects which engage with environmental issues. The award ceremony will be held at the Musée de le Chasse et de la Nature on April 10th 2014. www.plungelondon.com

More information here



Place 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 60’s minimalism. The complex is under construction and will open in 2015.

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