MOoW presents The Universal Sea in Los Angeles

Get your tickets for The Universal Sea: Art Exhibition, Book Launch and Symposium HERE

Made Out of WHAT is a non-profit organization founded to raise awareness about the challenge of industrial and consumer waste by showcasing brilliant, practical solutions from artists and designers around the world.  Through exhibitions, videos, films, educational workshops, and multiple social media platforms, they broadcast true stories of committed human ingenuity and skill found today in design and art from around the world. Similarly, The Universal Sea just launched its first book, a guide to fight the plastic epidemic by presenting solutions from artists, designers, scientists, students from the four corners of the earth.

Teaming up on this special event, the two NGOs will gather together artists, scientists, environmental leaders and activists from around the world to participate in an unprecedented series of events surrounding The Universal Sea art exhibition: a book launch, symposium, dance party and more!

The event will kick off with an art exhibition and book launch of The Universal Sea, Pure or Plastic? The opening party will feature international artists who have transformed consumer waste into powerful visual manifestos, a performance, drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and more.

The exhibition will be open for viewing during Chinatown Summer Nights, an evening of music and dancing on the Central Plaza with food trucks and shopping.

Our symposium will follow featuring a panel of distinguished speakers from around the globe addressing a spectrum of solutions to the plastic emergency. There will be artwork on display from a student competition entitled Junk Battle and more.

To wrap up the exciting event series, come to our Closing Party. There will be a trash Virtual Reality experience and live music played on instruments crafted from detritus.

Schedule of events:

Art Exhibition, Book Launch and Opening Party: August 8, 6:00-9:00pm.
Location: Gallery Old Arcade, 936 Mei Ling Way, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Chinatown Summer Nights: August 10, 5:00pm – midnight
Location: Gallery Old Arcade, 936 Mei Ling Way, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Symposium: August 12, 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Casa Italiana 1051 N Broadway, LA, CA 90012

Closing Party: August 17, 7:00-10:00pm
Location: Gallery Old Arcade, 936 Mei Ling Way, Chinatown, Los Angeles

Participating artists: 

Dianna Cohen, Marcus Eriksen, Claudia Borgna, Cynthia Minet, Sarah Julig, Camila Magrane, Antoaneta Tica, Ede Sinkovics, Chris Jordan, VR by Camilla Plastic Ocean Plan/ Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg/DE

Keynote Speakers:

Stefan Schneider, Consul General of Germany, Los Angeles
Cecilia Cabello, Vice President of the Board, City of Los Angeles Department of Public Works
Denise Domergue, Founder and Director, Made Out of WHAT, Los Angeles
Captain Charles Moore, Founder, Algalita Marine Research Institute, Long Beach
Jessica Aldridge, Sustainability Manager, Athens Services, Pacoima
Anna Cummins, Co-founder, 5 Gyres Institute, Los Angeles
Dianna Cohen, Artist and CEO, Plastic Pollution Coalition, Berkeley
Nicole Loeser, Artistic Director, Institute for Art and Innovation, Berlin
Prof. Angelica Boehm, Professor and Activist, Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Stefan Winter, Philosopher, Honorary Professor and Head of Institute for Artistic Research, Film University Potsdam-Babelsberg, Germany
Kevin Patel, Youth activist
David Mayor de Rothschild, Adventurer, activist, entrepreneur


Bonny Bentzin, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, University of California, Los Angeles and
Ed Begley, Jr., Actor and environmentalist

We’d be happy to meet you in Los Angeles! You can get your tickets HERE. And more details about the program can be found HERE!