Artist Entries – The Universal Sea Awards I

Our EU co-funded project The Universal Sea ran three Open Calls to Artists. A big thank to all artists for their great contributions! Here you can find our Top 100 submissions of our first open call from 2017 as a reference. They were all published in the guidebook from 2019.

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Change the Tide
by Kaethe Wenzel
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Title:
Change the Tide

Author:
Kaethe Wenzel

Description:
The dying oceans cause widespread concern and anxiety. Most persons, however, in spite of their genuine concern, seem to be unable to change their patterns of consumption, to avoid plastic waste, and help maritime life survive. Why? The reason seems to be a mixture of helplessness, ignorance, and the strain of daily life: “What can normal people like me do, it’s up to the politicians, I have so much on my plate, I have no time for political organisations, no money to donate etc.” A project to raise awareness as well as action needs to start from there. I propose a three-step project with: 1.) 10-15 interviews with specialists who deal with the pollution of the oceans, resulting in 2.) 10-20 easy tips on how to avoid plastic waste and help preserve maritime life as part of your daily routine; 3.) publishing: The tips will be published in the streets as billboard ads, and appear digitally as a short video on social networks. They will consist of short recommendations/tricks on waste reduction, images with street-sign-like pictograms depicting the connectedness of humans, animals, and the oceans, plus link to the interviews. Interview partners will be specialists for ocean clean- up, zero-waste practitioners, maritime biologists etc. The interviews will be made available on the internet. The pictograms will be apparently easily recognizable but actually complex depictions of human/animal/plant combinations, evoking Science Fiction, folk motives, and fantasies. I have previously worked with anti-hegemonial pictograms as open-source stickers, http://www.kaethewenzel.de/html/piktos.htm
Description:
The dying oceans cause widespread concern and anxiety. Most persons, however, in spite of their genuine concern, seem to be unable to change their patterns of consumption, to avoid plastic waste, and help maritime life survive. Why? The reason seems to be a mixture of helplessness, ignorance, and the strain of daily life: “What can normal people like me do, it’s up to the politicians, I have so much on my plate, I have no time for political organisations, no money to donate etc.” A project to raise awareness as well as action needs to start from there. I propose a three-step project with: 1.) 10-15 interviews with specialists who deal with the pollution of the oceans, resulting in 2.) 10-20 easy tips on how to avoid plastic waste and help preserve maritime life as part of your daily routine; 3.) publishing: The tips will be published in the streets as billboard ads, and appear digitally as a short video on social networks. They will consist of short recommendations/tricks on waste reduction, images with street-sign-like pictograms depicting the connectedness of humans, animals, and the oceans, plus link to the interviews. Interview partners will be specialists for ocean clean- up, zero-waste practitioners, maritime biologists etc. The interviews will be made available on the internet. The pictograms will be apparently easily recognizable but actually complex depictions of human/animal/plant combinations, evoking Science Fiction, folk motives, and fantasies. I have previously worked with anti-hegemonial pictograms as open-source stickers, http://www.kaethewenzel.de/html/piktos.htm
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