The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!

Urban Special

Fighting plastic pollution in our waters

Dit programma is in het Engels.

“The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” is an art and innovation project, co-funded under the umbrella of the Creative Europe program. It brings together a variety of perspectives, from art, science, business, and technology, to raise awareness and generate effective and innovative solutions to the scourge of plastic pollution. Each station consists of artistic interventions from the finalists, chosen from a worldwide open call that generated over 250 applications. In addition, artistic proposals from the top 100 applicants together with artworks by Dutch artists will be on display 18 – 29 June in an exhibition. All art interventions relate to the topic of plastic pollution, raising questions on the contemporary reliance on disposable plastics and their effects on our common environment.


Exhibition (18 – 29 June)
on Level 2– Top 100 submissions of Open Call to artists to join forces against the water pollution– Guest artists: Katrin Korfmann (NL-DE), Polimeer (NL), Nic&Mic (NL), Wang Jing (CN)– Sound installations and performances by Robertina Sebjanic (SL) and Sheree Spencer (NL-USA)– Added by display cases for showcasing the objects which were created during the co-creation workshops

Pecha-Kucha-Presentations (21-22 June) in cinema hall on Level 6
“The state of ecological art, design, business and awareness in The Netherlands and Europe”

Meet forward-thinking artists, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers and initiatives fighting the Anthropogenic issue of plastic pollution. Get to know what is behind their missions. Discuss how and why art can trigger change while unlocking creative power and what are the challenges faced to reach and involve the public.

Moderator: Nicole Loeser, Creative Lead of The Universal Sea

Keynote speeches
Plastic Soup Foundation
Waag Society

Co-Creation Workshop and Open Lab on Level 6
“It’s time to act – Joint forces in The Netherlands”

The facts are devastating and cannot be ignored anymore. The plastic garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean reached a size of 80.000 tons of plastics, and there are many more of them in the oceans. Micro-plastic has already found its way into our food chain and into our drinking water. Problems are a source for new art and business opportunities, while an economical base guarantees the long-term success of the solutions found. We will indicate and prototype fast and efficient solutions against the plastic epidemic by also exploring their entrepreneurial potential.

Moderator/Facilitator: Viktoria Trosien, Project Lead of The Universal Sea

Network evening and exhibition reception. 

This event is free. To sign up press "Buy Ticket".  Go to the website of Universal Sea for more information. 

The Plastic Sea © Frankie Moughton-Small, 2016

Thursday 21 June

10:00 - 19:00

Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam (Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam Centrum)

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