Oceans cover two thirds of the planet's surface. They provide half of the oxygen we breath, and are home to the most diverse life forms. Oceans are also mysterious alien worlds for us, an environment where we cannot breathe, we cannot live, a place we can only imagine, that is, know through images and imagination.
For too long we thought the oceans were so massive and independent from us that we could throw in and take out as much as we wanted from them, without any consequence. But we are now beginning see consequences of our exploitation of the planet in rising sea levels, diminishing fish stocks, dying coral reefs, plastic pollution killing marine life and microplastics entering the food chain. The ocean's health is in danger, and its survival is crucial to us. The purpose of the Museum is to inform and educate about the environmental impact of everyday consumer habits, particularly single-use plastics, and to inspire people to learn and to care about the oceans and the whole planet. As Jacques Cousteau said, “people protect what they love”, and the Museum is an opportunity to discover the abundance of beauty and diversity of life in the ocean. The Museum’s growing collection currently consists of a series of chemigrams (experimental photographic prints without a camera or darkroom) with the octopus as a protagonist 'Chemipoulp', and works made from PET beverage bottles, including sculptural installations and the short stop- motion film about plankton and microplastics “Plastic Age”.
Interview with Paolo Blendinger on Swiss radio Rete2 about the current exhibition "Materia Lignea" (in Italian)
"Xylophilia" photo series will be part of the exhibition "Materia Lignea" at Spazio 28 San Bernardino, Switzerland.
Projections of "Under the chestnut's skin" and "Vincent's dream" on the opening evening 29 July.
"THE OTHER SIDE OF HAMPI" has made it into the official selection of Bergamo's FILM FOOD FESTIVAL 2017, Italy's only festival dedicated to food culture and cinema. The film will be publicly screened on 13 th June, along with an international selection of competiting films. Find out more at http://www.foodfilmfestbergamo.com/