Scheibe & Güntzel
spring cleaning, ongoing since 2006
Series of interventions
The term „spring cleaning“ is interpreted in a literal sense – selected areas representing untouched, cultivated and culturally loaded landscape are „cleaned“ using ordinary cleaning devices.
PLASTISPHERE is a project designed for the PUBLIC SPACE that conceptually investigates the anthropogenic pollution of the oceans and the presence of plastic in our everyday lives by the German artists Swaantje Güntzel and Jan Philip Scheibe. The project touches topics such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, microplastics, noise pollution, beach littering, plastisphere, problems in urban waste management, our purchasing behavior and its consequences for marine life resulting therefrom. PLASTISPHERE tracks down the origins of marine pollution and brings them into the public imagination. The project playfully engages and comments on our consumer and waste management habits, our polluting lifestyles overwhelming the natural world and our inability to address this global problem.
PLASTISPHERE/Thessaloniki was realized in February/March 2016 as Residency #1 of ARTECITYA "Envisioning the City of Tomorrow" in collaboration with artbox, Goethe Institut Thessaloniki under the framework of Creative Europe.
Foto: Giorgos Kogias
Video: Grigoris Tsolakis
Plastisphere spring cleaning