The Universal Sea – Abu Dhabi Station

The TUS team travelled to Abu Dhabi in November to present The Universal Sea project and the fishes installation that was created under the guidance of Hungarian artist Gergely Kovach. Together with 12 young artists from Middle-European and Emirati universities the object had been realized in the frame of the Hybridart Camp in August 2018. The group of statues is made of 10.000 recycled aluminum cans that were designed to draw attention to the importance of protecting our waters.

We are very proud that this jointly finished installation is now showcased from November 12 till mid-December to the 7.000 students of the Female Campus at Zayed University.

A meeting with artists, curators and professors from other UAE universities at Abu Dhabi art fair made it a great TUS undertaking. We discussed possibilities for further collaborations in the future and how to bring more awareness and action to the public.

About the Universal Sea

The Universal Sea – Pure or Plastic?! pushes forward solutions that fight the plastic epidemic in the waters. Therefore, we explore new collaboration models between art, science, technology, and business, together with the public – building a strong network of innovators and change-leaders. Learn more


  • 11 – 17 November 2018
  • The Universal Sea project introduction and presentations
  • Art exhibition
  • Art intervention
  • Network at Abu Dhabi art fair

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Artists' works presented

Bianca Hlywa, MAP Office (Laurent Gutierrez, Valérie Portefaix), Barbara Nati, Robertina Šebjanič, Linda Byrne and Maggie Dubris, Georgina Peach, Ho Man Law, Marjorie Chau, Denise Frechet, Claire Krouzecky, Brydee Rood, Julia Ganotis, Franziska Rutishauser, Enrico Bernardis, JEDI, Dáriusz Gwizdala, Erika Kapronczai, Júlia Odin Végh, Meadhbh O’Connor, Daria Wartalska and Reiner Maria Matysik, Andrew Hornett, Michael Rofka and Anna Rofka, Richard Dawson, Mazyar Asadi, Alex Côté, deep femme futures, Nezaket Ekici, Daniel Strickland, Paweł Błęcki (in collaboration with Prof. Marek Krajewski), Eduardo Romaguera, Jan Sajdak, Enikő Hodosy/Kata Molnár/Zsuzsi Matók, Stefano Cagol, Resa Blatman, Kyna Hodges, George Lorio, Timo Brusewitz, Chriss Aghana Nwobu, Rachael Causer, Ewa from Pabianice, Stephen Wilks, Nedill, Gwen van den Bout, PRZEPRASZAM group, Nevena Vuksanovic, Ron Wild, Nadine Baldow, Malatsion, Antoaneta Tica, Ella Schofield Lake, Constanze Flamme, Frankie Moughton-Small, Yasmin-Palij, Konstantinos Leloudas, Marisa Merlin, Anneli Goeller, Kojo Biney, Giulia Gentili, Angelika Heckhausen, Liina Klauss, Lorna Carmen McNeill, Colleen Flanigan, CV Peterson, Nasrin Yousefi, Timo Kahlen, Colleen Flanigan, Hervé ALL, Sarah Julig, Moi Tran, Steve McPherson, Diane Laudry, Alex Lawicka Cuper & Alain Lapicoré, Tom Hackett, Miep Adenacker, Ramesh Kumar Biswas, Sara Tusar, Tom Strobl, Marina Fomenko, Ingrid Goldbloom Bloch, Jzstudio, Rachel Thomson, Swaantje Güntzel, Pablo Dilet, Tamara Zecevic, Patrick Demazeau, Diane Watson, Ophelia Jacarini, Caro Krebietke, Pinar Yoldas, Marillina Fortuna, Daniel Webb, LocalStyle, Justyna Górowska, Claudia Livia, Phillipa Horan, MAP Office, Einat Shteckler, Ernesta Dirbanauskaite, Claudia Brogna, Nancy Oliveri, Riccardo Attanasio, Kaethe Wenzel, Claudia Schmitz

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Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Abu Dhabi art fair, Center for Contemporary Art, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Hwy, Saadiyat Cultural District, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

About the art intervention 

Hybridart has been presenting the Hybridart Camp’s public installations in the frame of the Abu Dhabi Art fair since 2016.

The aim of the installations is to emphasize the importance of the environmental protection and the ecologically conscious lifestyle. In the camp all the art works are made out of recycled materials and cleaned trash.

In 2018, the 3rd Hybridart Camp was held with the theme of “The Universal Sea”. The sculpture ensemble, made of 10,000 recycled aluminium cans, was prepared over a period of 10 days and designed to draw attention to the importance of protecting our natural waters. The enormous public space installation was designed by students and graduates from Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Slovak and Emirate art universities. The team of 12 artists was led by the sculptor, Gergő Kovách.

During our stay in Abu Dhabi we met with partner oragnizations (like the Fatima bint Hazza Cultural Foundation, the Tashkeel Dubai and the Fatima Bint Mohamed Initiative) and young artists from the Zayed University and New York University at the Abu Dhabi Art as well as the Dubai Design Week and Downtown Design fair to present the project’s goal and foster our collaboration.