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Li-Mi-Yan & SadovskyBy Li-Mi-Yan & Sadovsky
First created
Li-Mi-Yan & SadovskyBy Li-Mi-Yan & Sadovsky
First created
€2,719
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107
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, November 18 2018 8:24 AM UTC +00:00

About

 We are artists Lilia Li-Mi-Yan and Katherina Sadovsky. We work in different media. We are interested in the topic of trauma – both mental and physical. The experience a person carries throughout his life. We looked at the phenomenon of trauma from the point of view of nature, because any natural deformation is associated with our body.

Now we are working with the topic of plastic waste and its recycling. Today this is the number 1 ecological problem in the whole world.

works from "Where is my plastic bag?" project
works from "Where is my plastic bag?" project

When humanity has already transcended beyond “consumer society” stage and has become the creator of huge mountains of waste. We produce so much waste that all the plants in the world cannot recycle it. Our project is a reflection of personal responsibility in the current situation.

Last summer we were at the art residence on the Olkhon island, which is in Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia. Lake Baikal is the largest and the deepest freshwater lake in the world. There we were doing the research of the natural space and tried to carefully implant temporary artworks into it. In the forest we collected materials for sculptures – skeletons of animals, remains of dead trees and other stuff.

Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal

 When you are in a wild Siberian forest or in the fields, you begin to forget about reality, about vibrations of the big city. There are many fairy tales and fantasies associated with the forest from childhood, when we imagined the world of mysterious animals and creatures. The forest attracts and frightens. It is a dream and a horror. On the clearest day, you enter the forest like a temple of sounds and smells. The feet are buried in slightly damp mosses, as if you are walking on an endless Arab carpet. When the sun goes down, the forest turns into a beckoning black wall, where all your fears are hidden behind. You don’t even know what exactly you're afraid of. The beast? Or a human?

our exhibition on Olkhon Island at the end of the art residence
our exhibition on Olkhon Island at the end of the art residence
our exhibition at the abandoned marble quarry, Lake Baikal
our exhibition at the abandoned marble quarry, Lake Baikal

But what do you see on your way? Piles of plastic waste. And you realize that people were here and your mind gets back to the usual state, as if you did not leave Moscow. 

Olkhon Island, as the locals believe, is a house of spirits. And we were amazed at the piles of garbage in this sacred place that people leave behind. So that's where the idea of working with plastic waste was born, which we decided to implement in Moscow.


What means "Where is my plastic bag?" 

This project includes the collection of plastic waste in the art institutions of Moscow, its recycling and creating sculptures from the recycled material. We contacted museums and several universities with the request to install containers for collecting plastic waste. Why these places? Because this is the territory where the artist lives and works, and where he must show personal responsibility. Our project was supported by Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Moscow, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Skolkovo business school, Moscow Architectural Institute.

 "Where is my plastic bag?" is a collective work on a project where not only artists and museums participate, but also visitors. Everyone who threw a plastic bottle into our container becomes a co-author of the project. Together we are working on our future sculptures. This huge pile of plastic could decompose somewhere in the Moscow region for hundreds of years, but our joint efforts will turn it into works of art.

We also announced on our Facebook pages that we accept sorted plastic in our art studio. We have involved hundreds of people! We were amazed that so many people think about this problem as well and that they’ve responded to our call.

Misha left his old plastic toys in our recycle container
Misha left his old plastic toys in our recycle container

 In October this year we will take all the collected plastic for processing, and then we will produce sculptures at the plant from the recycled material. We already have 3D models of future sculptures. Now we are negotiating with several factories, studying the technology of creating forms for sculptures.

3D models of sculptures
3D models of sculptures

 Another major part of the project is a scientific approach to the problem of plastic. We plan to work in a team with scientists, to consider the theory of the future of the planet in the context of this problem and make several videos. There is possibility that garbage will someday become our important resource. Or robots will be invented to destroy plastic in nature. As already today scientists have discovered microorganisms that accelerate the decomposition of plastic, the evolution is happening in front of our eyes, but too slowly.

screenshots from the video work
screenshots from the video work

In December, when the work is completed, we plan to make an exhibition in Moscow. To make this dream come true, we need to raise € 23,000 for the production of works.

Why is it important?

Nature is our home and art is a powerful tool, much stronger than politics. To hell with art, that is only able to please the aesthetic needs of people, and no longer serves anything! Yes, we cannot change the whole world at once. But we must try to do something, we must be obsessed with our idea and work, we must set an example by starting with ourselves! Right now this post is seen by thousands of people in the world, and maybe they will think about their responsibility. Our own actions lead to the results that we used to blame other people.

collected plastic in our studio
collected plastic in our studio

Experiments with plastic as a material in studio conditions

First we tried to make sculptures with our own hands, in the conditions of our studio. Packaging and PET bottles are a very difficult and inconvenient material. When melting, the parts do not adhere to each other, only when they start to burn and release into the air toxic substances. When heated, the material simply shrinks, it is almost impossible to make large objects. So we decided that the processing (recycling) - it is the most competent and environmentally friendly option. With recycled plastic, you can work like with a new material. Many world companies have turned to this material and are now creating clothes, shoes, even bicycles using recycled plastic.

results of our tests with plastic
results of our tests with plastic

 What do we need money for?

We hope for your support and cooperation. Only together with you the project is able to be implemented and presented at the exhibition by winter this year.

1. Production of sculptures at the factory. We plan to make 6 objects from 1.5 to 2 meters in size. On average, the price for one sculpture – 3470 euro, but it can be more. 2. Creation and post-production of video in collaboration with scientists – 2000 euro.

Risks and challenges

We are currently almost at the final stage of our project. We've allready collected large amount of plastic waste, created 3D models of sculptures and now are ready to bring plastic to the factory to start creating the sculptures.
We've received the support of our project from the several museums and art institutions, and also support from the media.

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