22.05.2013 - UNESCO Office in Venice

The Garbage Patch State Venice

©M. C. Finucci - Greetings from the Garbage State

Charged with the intense power of the Myth, a new State is being brought to Venice. It is one of the largest states in the world: the Garbage Patch State. It cannot be found on any map (yet), satellite survey systems cannot define its exact borders, and its surface area, depending on the survey, covers about 16 million km². It remains inconspicuous, yet it is highly dangerous for the environment and, in the short term, as short as the food chain from fish to humans – for every one of us.

Save the date : 29 May at 11am. for the press opening of The Garbage Patch State by Maria Cristina Finucci. The installation is set up in the main courtyard of the Ca’Foscari University of Venice.

This is the GARBAGE PATCH STATE invented by Maria Cristina Finucci to sum up in a simple image what is in fact a very complex phenomenon of islands made of garbage and floating in the middle of the oceans. The idea is inscribed in the framework of Wasteland, a complex art project on which the artist has been working for several months, composed of videos, images, and many other interventions.

It started in Paris on 11 April of this year, International Year of Water Cooperation, when the new Federal State was institutionally - albeit symbolically - recognized during a performance-installation at the UNESCO headquarters. Convinced of the role and responsibility of the artist in sensitizing the public and the authorities on crucial questions related to the environment and sustainable development, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), will support the Garbage Patch State initiative and help enhance its visibility.

The Garbage Patch State has its own Constitution, as well as a national flag: a background as blue and transparent as the sea, filled with red swirls – like the gyres in the Pacific Ocean (but also in the Sargasso Sea of the Atlantic), carrying and gathering the debris from the rivers and ships.

The Garbage Patch State will be one of the many other states represented at the Venice Art Biennale from June to November. It will be hosted by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in its historical building on the Grand Canal. This choice of the venue is hardly surprising, considering that the Venetian university has not only organized a number of prestigious exhibitions, but is also a reference point among Italian universities in matters of environmental policies, as testified by the GreenMetric ranking of sustainable universities elaborated by Universitas Indonesia.

To represent the new State in Venice, Maria Cristina Finucci has specifically designed an installation: a pavilion composed of two cubes and a flood of colored plastic caps harnessed by red nets, pouring out of the pavilion in the direction of the Grand Canal; a metaphor and image of the overflow of plastic and debris in every sea and ocean of the planet. It also hints at the overwhelming growth of the Garbage Patch, with its energy-based on plastic, taking the shape of a live animal, evil in spite of its alluring aspect. Inside the larger cube, the video “Dentro” will be projected at 360 degrees, giving the viewer the impression of being immersed in the “plastic soup”.

Sponsored by the Italian Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, the work aims to raise awareness of a gigantic problem that is growing by the minute, the garbage patch. 

An installation by Maria Cristina Finucci
Ca’ Foscari University, Venice
Dorsoduro 3246
29 May - 24 November 2013

Website: http://www.garbagepatchstate.org

Watch on YouTube the two videos produced during the 2013 CIAK Junior :

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