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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malatsion, Genese/genesen, 2016-2017, installation...
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Title:
malatsion, Genese/genesen, 2016-2017, installation...

Author:
MALATSION

Description:
Genese/genesen, 2016-2017 The artwork I propose is an installation with soft sculptures (silicone, stones, pigments) floating in water, six aquariums and their lamps and water pumps, sheets and towels, photographs, and tables. Roughly speaking, the installation shows plastic floating in water – in the shape of fantastic marine living beings, or parts or them (as organs). The setting suggests a sterile place for scientific experiments or for therapy. The plastic objects bear the traces of gestures of care and treatment, which are specifically documented by the pictures. The title of the work mentions a genesis and/or a healing process and suggests a science fiction motif: the artificial development of new species, organisms made of plastic, growing by assimilation of plastic particles. Could this become an attempt to heal the oceans from plastic waste? Is it a utopia, or a dystopia with unpredictable consequences? The fascinating sight of the strange creatures moving in water is an invitation to reflect with some fantasy on the topic of plastic waste, but it also is a proposition to be inspired by the beauty of marine life in the search for solutions.
Description:
Genese/genesen, 2016-2017 The artwork I propose is an installation with soft sculptures (silicone, stones, pigments) floating in water, six aquariums and their lamps and water pumps, sheets and towels, photographs, and tables. Roughly speaking, the installation shows plastic floating in water – in the shape of fantastic marine living beings, or parts or them (as organs). The setting suggests a sterile place for scientific experiments or for therapy. The plastic objects bear the traces of gestures of care and treatment, which are specifically documented by the pictures. The title of the work mentions a genesis and/or a healing process and suggests a science fiction motif: the artificial development of new species, organisms made of plastic, growing by assimilation of plastic particles. Could this become an attempt to heal the oceans from plastic waste? Is it a utopia, or a dystopia with unpredictable consequences? The fascinating sight of the strange creatures moving in water is an invitation to reflect with some fantasy on the topic of plastic waste, but it also is a proposition to be inspired by the beauty of marine life in the search for solutions.
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