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”.
Urban Creative Guerrilla to recapture the public space through artistic performance
On Saturday 16th April 2011 my Itinerant Camera Obscura (AKA 'The mountain goes to Mohammed') will take to the streets of Lisbon once again.
ZAAT Collective, who commissioned the tent for the 2010 ZAAT Mostra, are collaborating with I Park Art to organise the Lisbon edition of I Park Art Day.
I Park Art is an urban creative guerrilla project that promotes the re-appropriation of public space through artistic actions. The idea is both simple and clever: participants buy a ticket for a space in a paying car park and turn it into a creative space for the day. By paying a fee, they enter into a legal contract that allows the temporary occupation of a section of the street, normally by a vehicle; this contract doesn't normally specify which type of objects one can occupy that space with, and I Park Art Day uses this loophole to turn the streets into open creative spaces.
The idea is available under a Creative Commons License and anyone with an idea for an installation or performance can take part. Participants for the 2011 edition include cities in Italy, Spain, Portugal, UK, Poland, France and more. There is still time to take part, either organising your own event or checking out what is happening in your city. Check the instructions and participants on I Park Art's website.