What is Art Moments - THE UNIVERSAL SEA Budapest Festival

Art Moments – The Universal Sea Budapest Festival is an event collaboration with HybridArt Management at the annual Art Moments Festival  and The Universal Sea, hosted in Budapest. Dedicated to broadening the impact of art and the role of the artist, our project partners are devoting the focus of Art Moments 2018 to The Universal Sea project!

Running from September 17th to November 7th, the festival is host to a jam-packed program of exhibitions and events across the city. For our contribution, we aim to open a new event each week of October to keep your calendars full of exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, films, and artistic interventions. Read more…

Check out our
Art Moments Budapest – Site #1 – HybridArt Space
Art Moments Budapest – Site #2 – ‘Plastic Waste Labyrinth’ Public Intervention
Art Moments Budapest – Site #3 – Mikve
Art Moments Budapest – Site #4 – Public Space
Art Moments Budapest – Site #5 – Sustainability and Art, International Conference
Art Moments Budapest – Site #6 – Film screening at Trafóklub


„The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” is a European art and innovation project with three intertwined goals: Rediscovering the role of the artist in our society, revealing the opportunities of art meeting science and entrepreneurship, while fostering creative solutions to fight the issue of water pollution.

The project aims at supporting a movement of change-makers. It is about joining forces and providing inspiration to initiate, find and spread sustainable solutions against this major anthropogenic problem of plastic waste. We believe that art can be a catalyst for change, while science provides the facts and entrepreneurship enables the long-term success.

Who is running THE UNIVERSAL SEA?

The Universal Sea is an independent non-profit initiative coordinated by the Foundation for Entrepreneurship (Berlin, Germany), in partnership with the Center of Polish Sculpture (Oronsko, Poland) and Hybridart Management (Budapest, Hungary), in cooperation with EUCC-D (Rostock, Germany). The project was initiated by the Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. (Berlin, Germany).

What is The Universal Sea Grand Opening?

The Grand Opening is an art and science exhibition organized by the core partners of The Universal Sea to be held at The Center for Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland starting on 22 April 2018The exhibition will be shown until 10 June 2018.

What is a Station?

At our stations, we invite locally based partners such as artists, scientific and cultural organizations, universities, initiatives and the start-up scene.

The basic setup open to the public consists of:
• a condensed, modular exhibition (up to 2 weeks)
• a participatory co-creation workshop (2 days) including artistic presentations and interactions, keynotes by innovators and experts, creating artifacts, an ideation process to find entrepreneurial solution concepts, stimulation to think bigger, creating moon-shot ideas
• a networking evening

We look forward to meeting you across Europe: Berlin, Oronsko, Helsinki, Venice, Pristina, Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Budapest.

Let’s come together and find out how to reach 1 million people to start acting and to brainstorm on fast and efficient key solutions to solve plastic dumping.


Sharing Events and Writing Posts

What are the requirements to write a post?

We care about the content and images shared on our platform. Therefore, while writing your article make sure to cover the 5 Ws (What, Where, When, Who, Why) and check the consistency. Try to choose good resolution pictures that best illustrate your post.
If you promote an artwork or an initiative please don’t forget to link its homepage for further information.

What are the requirements to share an event?

We care about the content and images shared on our platform. Therefore, we request you to add a small description of the shared event. Please don’t forget the link to the page for further information.

Event form HERE.

How do I deal with copyrights?

You are responsible for the picture and the content you post. It is compulsory to always be aware of the correct copyright usage.  Best, would be that you are the owner of the picture.
If you are not the owner, you have to ask for permission to use the desired picture or keep an allowance proof.

In any case, it is always good to provide the author and title of the picture as a caption.

How long should my post be?

Your text should be at least 300 words long.
We care about the content and images shared on our platform. Therefore, while writing your article make sure to cover the 5 Ws (What, Where, When, Who, Why) and check the consistency. We care about the content and images shared on our platform. 


Open Call for Artists

General Questions

Why should I apply for the ARTIST OPEN CALL?

The clock is ticking, it’s time for everyone to act and save our source of life: Water.

Would you like your artworks to be propelled to a brain new level? If so, The Universal Sea Second Artist Open Call gives you the chance to integrate into a real large-scale project and contribute to a global cause. You will be published in the first smart-plastic-living manual, the “Pure or Plastic?!” book. It is also the chance for you to step in and present your ideas and manpower.

Your work is the catalyst for change and can move people on an emotional level. Furthermore, the top 5 finalists will get awarded and supported:

  • One page dedicated to your artwork in the “Pure or Plastic?!” book
  • Two copies of the finished printed book (if you order them and cover the postal fee)
  • Printout of your artwork exhibited at The Universal Sea Festival in Budapest, Hungary (running all October 2018)
  • Your work credited in the book, in the exhibition, and on our website.
  • The book “Pure or Plastic?!” published and advertised both digitally and offline, and promotion on all platforms of The Universal Sea
  • You contribute to an important global cause
  • 1.000 Euro* prize money for the best submission in each one of the five “RE” categories


How to apply?

You can apply by sharing an artwork related to ONE of the five categories mentioned (RE-place/RE-use/RE-cycle/RE-duce/RE-act), we also listed some of the most used plastic items here. You can use these as guidelines for your project, or come up with your own solution to another particular product.
Please use the button “upload photo” in the form on the application page to submit your solution/s. You will have to register – please carefully choose a username which will be visible during the public voting. Then it is requested to provide up to five images (photography, collage, illustration, etc).


When does the call close?

The application deadline is on July 25th, 2018 – 23:59 pm CET.

Who can participate?

All artists and cultural actors from all around the world are invited to apply with their work proposing a substitute or re-utilisation of plastic items produced by humankind. There are no restrictions based on gender, nationality or training.

Applicants can also participate as couples or groups, the submission requirements and the budget remain the same. One group is seen as one applicant.

Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee to apply for The Universal Sea – Open Call for Artists. Instead, you have the chance to get a price of 1.000 euros!

To learn more about this, GO TO OPEN CALL or go straight to the APPLICATION FORM.

What are the terms and conditions of the open call?

Terms and conditions for the Artist open call are accessible under the link “Rules & Prizes” in the application form.

Questions on the submission

Can I submit an unfinished or not yet realised work ?

Artists can submit up to five pictures of only finished artworks.

Is there a size limitation for my work or a specific media?

There is a size limitation for the submitted pictures, which can be maximum size 5MB and must measure 21,6 cm x 15,4 cm. Take into account that the artwork will be published in an A5 format book. However, we welcome projects of the following type of media: digital, performances, installation, drawing, basically anything that can be printed on a page and is powerful to communicate your message.

How do I ask for support for my project (business, artwork, initiative, ect)?

Create a profile on our website with your contact information and use the section “Tell more about yourself” or “Searching for” to describe what you need or what you can offer.

Another option is to write a post about your work and state what kind of support you would need.

Why is there a public voting?

The public audience takes a relevant role in our project since it is one of our target groups. The public voting has the mean to engage with and catch the interest of the broader audience. Water pollution is a global issue, therefore we are all somehow involved and responsible to act against it.

By whom is my artwork judge?

The artwork is finally judged by The Universal Sea jury. They select the winners from the Top 10 of the publicly pre-selected shortlist chosen by the public voting.

Questions on the prizes 

Are travel costs included?

We do not cover travel costs nor VISA costs. The five final winners receive a production budget to cover all occurring costs, be it for traveling or the production of the artwork.