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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How do you like it?
by Jan Sajdak
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Title:
How do you like it?

Author:
Jan Sajdak

Description:
My project consists in filling the Orońsko pond with thousands of PET bottles, so that they cover almost all of its surface. The bottles would be closed and full of air so that they can float; deprived of labels. The installation shall be called “How do you like it?”. My intention is that possibly the biggest number of local inhabitants can see the pond in the state of terrible transformation, resembling a dumping ground, that they can see that the remote issue of “stains on the Pacific” also touches their everyday lives in a very immediate way. Next I will pass on to the active part of the project. What I really care about is to work with all the groups of the inhabitants, but most of all: local children. The first stage shall be tidying up the pond together. When some part of the bottles is already on the shore, together we shall make of them a couple of small rafts, allowing to gather the bottles from the middle of the pond. Now that the pond is already clean, we pass on to the next stage – creative recycling. I would like, together with the workshop group/groups, to process some of the fished out bottles. I have two main ideas for the processing. I will also be glad to go for the kids/inhabitants’ ideas. The third stage is the meeting with „system recycling”. Together with the children, we shall segregate, unscrew, squash the fished out and yet unprocessed bottles, pack them into bags or bins. The project’s aim is to present the problem of plastic garbage in a way which would strongly appeal to the imagination. It is also supposed to make people familiar with the workings of rubbish segregation and recycling. Those are for me the main goals of “The Universal Sea”. This project can be realized everywhere where in the centre of living space of a given community there is some pond or a lake. The more beautiful the pond, the more of a pride of the local community it is, the stronger the impact of the project is going to be. I believe in the simplicity of the message.
Description:
My project consists in filling the Orońsko pond with thousands of PET bottles, so that they cover almost all of its surface. The bottles would be closed and full of air so that they can float; deprived of labels. The installation shall be called “How do you like it?”. My intention is that possibly the biggest number of local inhabitants can see the pond in the state of terrible transformation, resembling a dumping ground, that they can see that the remote issue of “stains on the Pacific” also touches their everyday lives in a very immediate way. Next I will pass on to the active part of the project. What I really care about is to work with all the groups of the inhabitants, but most of all: local children. The first stage shall be tidying up the pond together. When some part of the bottles is already on the shore, together we shall make of them a couple of small rafts, allowing to gather the bottles from the middle of the pond. Now that the pond is already clean, we pass on to the next stage – creative recycling. I would like, together with the workshop group/groups, to process some of the fished out bottles. I have two main ideas for the processing. I will also be glad to go for the kids/inhabitants’ ideas. The third stage is the meeting with „system recycling”. Together with the children, we shall segregate, unscrew, squash the fished out and yet unprocessed bottles, pack them into bags or bins. The project’s aim is to present the problem of plastic garbage in a way which would strongly appeal to the imagination. It is also supposed to make people familiar with the workings of rubbish segregation and recycling. Those are for me the main goals of “The Universal Sea”. This project can be realized everywhere where in the centre of living space of a given community there is some pond or a lake. The more beautiful the pond, the more of a pride of the local community it is, the stronger the impact of the project is going to be. I believe in the simplicity of the message.
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