The Universal Sea: Book Launch

The Universal Sea – The art and innovation guide against the plastic epidemic is a manual for smart plastic living and an opportunity to harness the power of art and bring every citizen of our world into action. It is the first of its kind, showcasing visual art forms, insights and successful business innovations in order to offer a wide range of transferrable new approaches and methods of how to solve plastic pollution.

The book shows how art and innovation can bridge the gap between problem and action.

The project was a massive undertaking of the past year, bringing together 500 artists, 500 business innovators and 40 scientific institutions, 13 universities and 10 festivals. So far we have attracted an audience of 5 million visitors and 1.4 million online visitors, coming from 70 countries and 6 continents.

The plastic epidemic in our waters is a universal problem. Every day, 8 million pieces of plastic find their way into the ocean. By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Micro-plastic has made its way into our food chain. Plastic threatens our vital water sources and has created a problem that unites us globally. So how can we actually fight it?

The Universal Sea project, co-funded by the EU, is an attempt to explore new collaborations between the art world, science and entrepreneurship. It is an independent non-profit initiative coordinated by the Foundation for Entrepreneurship (Berlin, Germany), in partnership with the Center of Polish Sculpture (Oronsko, Poland) and Hybridart Management (Budapest, Hungary), in cooperation with EUCC-D (Rostock, Germany). The project was initiated by the Institute for Art and Innovation e.V. (Berlin, Germany).

Although we would have loved to bring all of these amazing contributors to Berlin, we will introduce you to some of these awesome activists.

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Carina Bischof, Project Manager, STOP! Micro Waste
Gilbert Beronneau, Professor, design akademie berlin and Dean of the Department of Design
Janne Roefke, Artist
Jose Alcaraz, Academic & Faculty Director, Berlin School of Creative Leadership
Käthe Wenzel, Artist and Professor for Aesthetic Practice, European University Flensburg
Katja Nordwig, Founder and Director, Grinno
Kristina Okan, Artist
Lubomila Jordanova, Founder and CEO, Plan A
Marjorie Chau: Artist
Matt Stewart, Innovation Strategist, Co-founder of Yarra Swim Co and Yarra Pools
Mona Lüders, Artist
Olga Skoczylas, Design Strategist, Co-founder of ’Cultural Design’ agency
Paula Montaldi, Business Development, Mitte Filter
Steffen Blandzinski, Artist


13:00-13:30: Registration
13:30-14:00: Introduction
14:00-15:00: Panel discussion with authors
15:00-16:00: Presentation of artists
16:00-16:30: Lunch break
16:30-17:30: Pecha Kucha presentations of start-ups
17:30-18:00: Q&A
18:00-18:30: Outlook: Scream for Clean campaign and Art & Innovation Fund
18:30-19:30: Networking


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