Raft of the Medusa | Hull

Raft of the Medusa | Hull

29 March 2017 - 17 June 2017
Humber Street Gallery Hull, United Kingdom
Solo Exhibition

As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the exhibition Somewhere Becoming Sea at Humber Street Gallery from 5 April to 17 June 2017, takes a closer look at the ever-changing boundaries between land and sea, exploring Hull’s long-standing prominence as a gateway to the North Sea and beyond. It reflects how expanses of water that divide countries are also channels that connect them. At a time when climate change threatens to blur boundaries further and bring far-reaching economic impact, the exhibition captures the sea’s elemental power and asks: is everywhere now Somewhere Becoming Sea?

In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to present a new installation of the Raft of the Medusa, which takes its historical reference point from the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse by Théodore Géricault (1818-1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris). For the artists, the make-shift raft constructed by the crew of the Medusa from wood salvaged from their sinking vessel recounts more than the treacherous voyage of the doomed sailors on board. It is a powerful symbol of the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history and even more so today, as we play witness to the perilous journeys of the thousands of refugees navigating the oceans in search of a safe haven.

Building on the filmed-performances staged at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in 2013, and Les Moulins in 2015, Raft of the Medusa at the Humber Street Gallery will become the site of a set of performative sequences that explore the gestures of fragility, helplessness and hope, and which concludes the cycle for the artists’ forthcoming film.

A life full of garbage | Marseille

A life full of garbage | Marseille

22 March 2017 - 14 August 2017
Group Exhibition
MuCEM - Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée, Marseille, France

Drawing from ethnographic research on how our societies produce, treat, value and transform waste materials, the exhibition Vies d’ordures: de l’économie des déchets (A life full of garbage) at MuCEM from 22 March to 14 August 2017, offers a trip around Mediterranean to see how men and women are living from our leftovers. The exhibition looks at how we collect, sort and transform waste, and the inventiveness required in a creative economy of exchange and transfer. Waste is more than simple scraps!

Within the 450 objects, installations, films, data and maps, Lucy + Jorge Orta present a new sculpture: Water Purification Unit, reflecting on water scarcity and the complex issues surrounding the corporate control of access to this natural resource, which complete the series initiated for their exhibition OrtaWater during the Venice Biennale (2005).

Curator: Denis Chevallier, ethnologist MuCEM
Associate curator: Yann-Philippe Tastevin, ethnologist CNRS



17 March 2017 - 29 April 2017
Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels, Belgium

Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to present their second solo show at the Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels.

In this exhibition, two series of works are brought together for the first time, uniting three-dimensional works with paintings in order to shed light on their creative process.

The first section of the exhibition is based on cell —cell of life, cell of habitation— at the core of their thinking. Inspired by cell biology and the process of differentiation, the Totipotent Architecture series is composed of hand-blown glass volumes, which like embryo cells, expand to create new spaces of habitation within the steel architectural silhouettes. The artists go a step further in their exploration of the cellular infinity with the vitrines Cells diptych, creating a new macroscopic life in intricate Murano blown-glass.

The second part of the exhibition, based on Jorge's pictorial work in the 1970s, when painting was one of his ways of escaping the overwhelming Argentina dictatorship. The exhibited works in the Derrame series, explore the idea of the accident as both a violent moment but also as a random, uncontrolled phenomenon. A three-dimensional aspect of this accidental expression appears in their brand-new series Assemblages where found objects superimposed on the pictorial surface seem placed there­ by the necessity of ordering the immaterial in a chorus between abstraction and reality.


70 x 7 The Meal | Singapore

70 x 7 The Meal | Singapore

20 January 2017
NTU Center for Contemporary Art, Singapore

Studio Orta is pleased to announce 70 x 7 The Meal, act XL a dinner for 200 guests taking place in Gillman Barracks in Singapore, on the evening of January 20, 2017.

Under the helm of Cities for People, Ideas Fest organised by the NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, act 40 of Lucy + Jorge Orta’s ongoing participative artwork 70 x 7 The Meal, draws from the ancestral ritual of dining together, to create a platform for local communities to engage in discussions that explore and connect food initiatives in the local community.

Leading up to the meal, the artists staged a collaborative workshop with Foodscape Collective Singapore to delve into and examine the concerns about food sustainability in the local and global contexts. Interactive discussions sessions with local chefs, bakers, farmers, gardeners, policy makers, activists and artists generated a range of playful and provocative topics on food production, distribution; identity & culture; and giving & sharing, to exchange with the guests attending the meal.

On arrival at the NTU CCA, guests will be assigned a navigation map that leads to 25 ‘islands of knowledge’, in a unique setting designed by the artists to prompt and perpetuate further art-food-sustainability discussions. The menu, prepared by Chef Misso Russell Keith from Open Farm Community, will continue the 70 x 7 ethos of locally sourcing sustainable produce. 




01 January 2017

Studio Orta is pleased to announce two new video works now online:

Disappearance (2015): In Disappearance, the gradual destruction of the forest is underscored by the melancholic piano and the jagged interjection of the chainsaw. This film bridges the work of Jorge Orta during his Rosario period (1972-1984) and the Amazonia project that Lucy + Jorge Orta began in 2010.

Platos Rotos 1982 (2015): The filmed concert for flute and smashed plates was imagined by Jorge Orta during his Rosario period (1972-1984) and finally realised in 2015.

And our forthcoming exhibitions include:

NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Singapore | 13 – 22 January | Ideas Fest, Cities for People | New Commission: 70 x7 The Meal, act XL

Turner Contemporary, Margate, UK | 21 January - 7 May | Entangled; Threads & Making | Group show: Nexus Architecture

MASSART, Boston, USA | 23 January – 4 March | Vitreous Bodies: Assembled Visions in Glass | Group show: Totipotent Architecture

ARCO Richard Saltoun Gallery, Spain | 22 - 26 February | Edgardo Vigo & Jorge Orta | Archival works: Rosario 1972-1984

Galerie Valerie Bach, Brussels, Belgium | 17 March – 29 April | Solo exhibition

MuCEM, Marseille, France | 22 March – 14 August | Vies d'ordures - De l'économie des déchets | Group show: OrtaWater

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy | 30 March – 17 April | Kids Creative Lab | Workshop presentation

Hull City of Culture 2017, Humber Street Gallery, UK | 5 April - 17 June | Somewhere Becoming Sea | New installation: The Raft of the Medusa

Raven Row, London, UK | 22 April - 11 June | 56-58 Artillery Lane | Group Show: Refuge Wear



16 December 2016
Black Dog Publishing, London, UK

Studio Orta is pleased to announce the release of Food & The Public Sphere, a compelling publication that spans Lucy + Jorge Orta’s 20-year dedication to the power of art and food. This visual compendium of socially engaging projects, sculptures and objects, examines the artists’ practice in context of major concerns of the 21st century.

"The artists' food-recycling enterprises, mass open-air meals, gleaned gastronomic diners, and mobile soups kitchens have pioneered a renewed interest in the politics of food. Communities all over the world—working from the scale of global food networks down to local methods for farming and cooking—are seeking ways to make the food system better serve the needs of people and the planet. After decades of successful cheap mass food production, policymakers and citizens are recognizing the environmental and social cost of this process. The over-industrialisation of food has forced small farms to surrender to agribusiness, reduced biodiversity in favour of monoculture crops, and assaulted communities with debilitating chronic diseases. Lucy + Jorge Orta illuminate, through the diversity of their work, issues of abundance, scarcity, waste and loss, while drawing people into a reflective experience of art that combines the aesthetics of eating, drinking, cooking, and dining". Ellen Lupton

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View online extract: Studio Orta

Black Dog Publishing
Hardback | 169 ills | 192 pgs | 28x23cm | 11x9in | ISBN 9781910433805



16 October 2016

Studio Orta Les Moulins open-studio with an exhibition including new works.
Sunday, 16 October 2016 | 11am - 5pm

Discover the former Papeteries du Marais transformed by the unique vision of the artists.

Founded by Lucy + Jorge Orta in 2000, in the birth place of the French paper industry, Les Moulins is emerging into a veritable cultural laboratory. Imagined as an extension of the artists' practice, Les Moulins is a collective environment dedicated to the creation of new forms of contemporary art informed by the post-industrial landscapes of the Grand Morin Valley. Dotted along an 8-Km stretch of the meandering river, the four former factories Moulin Sainte-Marie, Moulin de Boissy, Moulin La Vacherie and La Laiterie are undergoing transformation to become artist studios, workshops, residencies, exhibition galleries, performance venues and a sculpture park; hosting artists and researchers from around the world, to re-imagine space and create artworks that resonate with the history of the place.

By train from Paris: Paris-Est Station to Coulommiers (SNCF-Transilien P). At Coulommiers take bus dir. Ferté-Gaucher. Stop Chailly-Boissy-le-Châtel.
By car Google Map: Studio Orta Les Moulins. Moulin Sainte-Marie, rue des Papeteries, 77169 Boissy-le-Châtel.
By shuttle: Galleria Continua special opening. To join the shuttle please contact the gallery.

Food | Peterborough

Food | Peterborough

10 September 2016 - 04 December 2016
City Gallery and Museum, Peterborough, England
Solo Exhibition

The husband-and-wife artist team Lucy + Jorge Orta—who in the past 25 years have explored social and ecological issues—focus on consumer food waste and global food distribution in a major show at the City Gallery and Museum in Peterborough. The exhibition examines the couple’s initiatives linked to the “politics of food”, encompassing the rituals associated with eating together. The Art Newspaper

Two new sculptures form the centre pieces to the show. Bread inspired by 70 x 7 The Meal, which took place in Peterborough Cathedral Square in 2015 and during which hundreds of loaves of bread were baked by local residents and then cast into aluminium. Carried aloft by the traditional wheelbarrows, the humble objects cross cultures and centuries reminding us of the ancestral cycles of sowing, reaping and milling, the hand-sculpting of wood and dough to create unique manifestations of our basic human needs.
Drawing from the artists’ expedition to the Peruvian Amazon in 2009, the installation Seeds is composed of 31 unique larger-than-life Murano glass seed pods framed by a collection of intricate watercolour drawings that make up a metaphorical Seed Bank. The intricate beauty and diversity of our natural world is prevalent in the artists’ act of 'preserving' varieties that may be threatened with extinction.

The exhibition also draws together archival work from All in One Basket (1996) and HortiRecycling Enterprise (1999), alongside the entire collection of limited edition Royal Limoges porcelain from the 70 x 7 The Meal series presented on the bespoke silk-jacquard table runners, woven by local Suffolk weavers.

An extensive program of engagement activities around the politics of food, accompanies the exhibition and can be booked through Metal Peterborough.

Antarctica World Passport | La Littorale #6

Antarctica World Passport | La Littorale #6

26 August 2016 - 02 November 2016
Anglet, France
Group Exhibition

Curated by Paul Ardenne, La Littorale #6, the Basque Coast biennial of contemporary art, offers a journey through outdoor monumental works installed in emblematic locations across the town of Anglet: La Barre, the Izadia ecological park, the seafront, as well as La Chambre d’Amour.

La Littorale questions the tensions and contradictions to which our shorelines are now subject. Places that are sought after for their gentle lifestyle, are now political spaces with limits, boundaries and physical frontiers.

In this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta launch a new monumental work commissioned by the biennial: M.I.U.  Antarctica World Passport, Mobile Delivery Bureau. A former army vehicle, customised and equipped with metaphorical objects and survival materials such as stretchers, camp beds, and life buoys, symbolically evokes a “Mobile Intervention Unit” which could intervene in an emergency situation providing shelter, water, food amongst other things. Since 2001, the artists have been developing these modules as a way to facilitate mobility and autonomy of individuals and in some cases encourage interaction and active participation of communities. Installed at the beach of La Barre in the North of Anglet, the work references the increasing numbers of refugees displaced through conflict and climate disasters. An Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, the largest so far, is also part of the installation. Antarctica, a continent of cooperation, dedicated to science, preservation of natural resources and biodiversity, is for the artists, a powerful symbol, a utopia of a peaceful world without borders. The Antarctica World Passport has mobilized 50,000 citizens around the world so far, not only to protect the Antarctic, which represents 70% of the planet’s fresh water, but also to take action against global warming and for peace.

Spirits | Emscherkunst Triennial | Germany

Spirits | Emscherkunst Triennial | Germany

04 June 2016 - 18 September 2016
Emscher Valley, Ruhr, Germany
Group exhibition

For the third edition of the Emscherkunst Triennial (June 4 - September 18, 2016), Lucy + Jorge Orta launch a major new commission: Spirits of the Emscher Valley. The Triennial spans a 50-Km trail along the river Emscher, criss-crossing natural parklands and post-industrial landscapes, dialoguing with the changing environment in the Ruhr area. 

For the occasion, Lucy + Jorge Orta have installed three "Spirits" at strategic locations to reveal meaningful interpretations regarding the history of the former coal and steel industries. Since 2012, the artists’ "Spirits" interweave between the medium of performance and figurative sculpture, working as metaphors of the locations in which they are performed or installed, and aim to capture the "soul" of the place. The participative approach – at the heart of the artists work – is essential in the process of the sculptural "personification". For Emscherkunst, Lucy + Jorge Orta worked together closely with residents from the Ruhr area, people who have special connections to the locations, prompting story-telling about their communities.

Installed on the shore of the Phoenix lake at Dortmund-Hörde, Totem with Magpie evokes a new generation who will grow up within this industrial metamorphosis while Bird woman is symbolically linking the East and West side of Phoenix formerly joined by a viaduct. At Kokerei Hansa in Dortmund-Huckarde, a coke plant which closed in the '9Os, the Observer, like an oracle, testifies to the transformation of the landscape: Nature is invading and taking possession of the relics of past.

OrtaWater in Toulouse | France

OrtaWater in Toulouse | France

22 May 2016 - 16 October 2016
Les Abattoirs
Group Exhibition

Studio Orta is pleased to announce its participation in the group show Interractions which will take place at Les Abattoirs, Toulouse from May 22 to October 16, 2016.

The exhibition explores the interaction between man and his environment through the thematic variations of exploitation, destruction, and preservation. The work of the artists: Hicham Berrada, Julian Charrière, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Liam Sy Paquemar, Marie Velardi, Guido Van der Werve and Stefanie Zoche, portray in different mediums, the ambiguous nature of our relationship with the environment, in particular man’s dependence on and domination over the planet’s natural resources.

Fluvial Intervention Unit by Lucy + Jorge Orta, the emblematic sculpture from the OrtaWater series, is both a means to transport and navigate water. The elegant maple-wood canoe is simply suspended in time, amongst the pipes and recipients designed to carry this natural resource.

Life Guards in Safe and Sound

Life Guards in Safe and Sound

23 March 2016 - 21 August 2016
Mudac, Lausanne, Switzerland
Group Exhibition

The exhibition Safe and Sound curated by Claire Favre Maxwell at the Mudac in Lausanne, from March 23 to August 21, 2016 focuses on themes of security, fear, protection and surveillance in 21st Century, and addresses these phenomena through design, objects from everyday life, photography and contemporary art.

The current trend of 'ultra-safety' – rejecting the unexpected and planning for every eventuality – is becoming an imposed standard and it reflects the denial of death that is characteristic of contemporary society. Countless security instructions detail procedures to avoid risk in the public space, while entrances to a growing number of public places are heavily controled - our faces, bodies, fingerprints and pupils are repeatedly scanned. Western society is moving towards ultra-security, towards a refusal of the unexpected and an absolute desire for anticipation.

Under the heading protection, Lucy + Jorge Orta exhibit sculpture from the Life Guard series, which incorporate the artists’ signature Red Cross army surplus. Stretcher beds transform into collective overalls and camp beds detach from frames morphing into sleeping bags; rucksacks convert to multiple habitats and linen tarpaulins mutate into collective harnesses, dinghies deploy creating wearable life rafts and lifejackets pop-out of courier bags – an endless array of mutable Utopian prototypes for survival, conceived over the last ten years of their practice.

Nature’s forces – current exhibitions in Belgium

Nature’s forces – current exhibitions in Belgium

11 March 2016 - 26 June 2016
Galerie Valérie Bach, Brussels - Budafabriek, Kortrijk
Group Exhibition

Following on from the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, an increasing number of exhibitions are tackling issues that foreground environmental issues. The work of Lucy + Jorge Orta has been prominent in these visual debates, which share a commonality, to reflect on the condition and place of man within nature.

Sculpture from the Amazonia and OrtaWater projects are currently on view in two exhibitions in Belgium, with different curatorial approaches.

The Force of Nature, Galerie Valerie Bach Brussels: March 11 to May 21, 2016. 
Curated by James Putnam, The Force of Nature, is inspired not only by nature but also its processes - evolution, birth, growth, aging, decay, change. Nature is constantly in a state of change and the artists' acute awareness and sensitivity to this change is crucial to the creation of their work that can be site-specific, monumental or ephemeral. Working in a diverse range of media, artists are continually searching and synthesizing creative, new ways to redefine our relationship with nature. Works can be evocative, provocative or sublime, and may also communicate an urgent environmental message.

Water.War, Budafabriek Kortrijk: March 13 to June 26, 2016.
Water.War, presents projects by artists, social designers, researchers, entrepreneurs and NGOs all of whom look at the relationship between human beings and water, and/or sought solutions for a sustainable relationship between the two. While artists query the world, a large number of experts work toward finding specific solutions to the major problems of today. The critical connection between these different players does not just lead to interesting confrontations between disciplines, but inspires audiences to take positive actions and think critically about this natural ressource.

Symphony for Absent Wildlife unveiled in Leicester

Symphony for Absent Wildlife unveiled in Leicester

30 January 2016 - 24 April 2016
Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester, UK
Solo Exhibition

The new Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester inaugurates with a solo exhibition of the work of Lucy + Jorge Orta, from January 30 to April 24, 2016. The work on show draws a number of intersecting links between the scarcity of resources, species loss, climate change and migration.

The centre piece to the exhibition is Symphony for Absent Wildlife, first commissioned by the Nuit Blanche Calgary in Canada, has been newly adapted to the gallery setting, to create an immersive audio installation experience. The audience encounters an orchestra of masked creatures sculpted from felt blankets, blowing tiny hand-sculpted bird whistles they grasp within their fragile ceramic hands. The musician’s bird song builds up to a dawn chorus with an abrupt censure, leaving the audience with a sentiment of loss.

Unfolding in further galleries are sculpture from the series Life Line, Life Guard and Amazonia that weave a visual narrative, tackling issues of survival, and although many of the works were conceived over ten years ago, they are even more timely in view of recent events.
Objects, vitrines and drawings derived from the artists 2009 expedition to the Peruvian Amazon, recount an oasis of diversity in a state of crisis. At the same time, they restore our focus to the world around us, the beauty of the millions of species both locally and globally that depend on the Amazon for their survival, and to the natural cycles of life and death.

Please join us for the opening in Leicester on January 29, from 6 to 9pm. 

Inaugural show | Jane Lombard Gallery NY

Inaugural show | Jane Lombard Gallery NY

14 January 2016 - 20 February 2016
Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, USA
Solo exhibition

Lucy + Jorge Orta are really pleased to announce their first solo exhibition in New York City at the international reputed Jane Lombard Gallery. From January 14 to February 20, the artists will present Antarctica, with the most representative artworks from this series.  

Along side the signature Dome Dwelling from the ephemeral Antarctic Village installed in Antarctic in 2007 are, Life Line and Drop Parachute as well as numerous watercolour drawings inspired by the artists’ extraordinary expedition.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Antarctic World Passport Delivery Bureau, a mobile installation recently at the Grand Palais in Paris during the COP21 UN Climate Summit. Visitors to the Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, an architectural assemblage made from reclaimed materials, receive a uniquely numbered Antarctica World Passport and in exchange, pledge to support the project’s principles: to take action against the disastrous effects of global warming and strive for peace.

Since 2008, 55,000 passports have been printed, and visitors to Lucy + Jorge Orta’s exhibition at the Jane Lombard Gallery will be invited to register for their personalized passport edition, and to join this growing community of world citizens. www.antarcticaworldpassport.com

Please join us for the opening in NYC on January 14, from 6 to 8pm.


COP21 - Antarctica in the Grand Palais

COP21 - Antarctica in the Grand Palais

04 December 2015 - 10 December 2015
Grand Palais, Paris, France
Public Art Work

Uniting world citizens: join the Antarctica World Passport community.

Lucy + Jorge Orta are pleased to announce their participation in the COP21 UN Climate Summit, with the public work Antarctica World Passport Delivery Bureau, which will be installed inside Paris’s iconic Grand Palais, as part of the ArtCOP21 Climate Festival of the Arts.

The Antarctica World Passport project highlights the urgent need to consider the human dignity of people suffering as a consequence of climate change. Tens of thousands of citizens around the world have already pledged their support and signed up for an Antarctica World Passport. During COP21, from 4 to 10 December 2015, thousands more passports will be delivered to visitors attending the Solutions21 exhibition in Paris. Antarctica World Passports will be issued to any individual who wishes to become a member of a world community without borders in exchange for an agreement to protect the environment, respect mankind, and fight for peace.

Antarctica World Passport is part of a much larger research project by Lucy + Jorge Orta, which resulted from their expedition to Antarctica in 2007. Antarctica’s immaculate and peaceful ice landscape has become a powerful symbol of global warming. Geographic transformations and displacement of communities induced by climate change, especially along costal zones or in desert regions are redefining our local and global borders. Climate Change crosses all borders and is affecting every region of the world, without distinction. Faced with this global phenomenon our reaction can also be united without borders. Please join us at the Grand Palais, or online www.antarcticaworldpassport.com

As part of the Conference of Creative Parties, on 6 December at 5pm, ArtCOP21 and COAL invite you to join them at the Gaité lyrique in Paris, for a face-to-face with Lucy + Jorge Orta, moderated by journalist Lydia Ben Yitzhak.

Antarctica at Vienna Art Week

Antarctica at Vienna Art Week

17 November 2015 - 10 January 2016
Kunst Haus, Group Exhibition
Wien, Austria

If you happen to be in the Austrian capital for Vienna Art Week, this is your chance to view a fragment of the Antarctic Village in Creating Common Good at the Kunst Haus Wien, from November 17, 2015 to January 10, 2016.

Curated by Robert Punkenhofer and Ursula Maria Probst, the exhibition explores the notion of “common good” – sharing of natural resources, public space and services – lending further urgency to the call for a new public awareness of the notion of commons. Tackling a range of topics from alternative microsystems, gentrification processes and the migration crisis; to criticism of budgetary cuts in education and culture, artists including, Atelier Van Lieshout, Joseph Beuys, Ramesch Daha, Leon Golub, Tamara Grcic, Teresa Margolles, Martha Rosler and Lucy + Jorge Orta, question the creation and use of resources, they suggest alternatives to the established order, and hold themselves to the ethical task of shaping society.

Lucy + Jorge Orta’s Antarctic Village - Dome Dwelling, originally installed across the Antarctic continent in 2007, calls into question issues relating to the environment, politics, autonomy, habitat, mobility and relationships among peoples. Each tent-dwelling, hand stitched with flags from countries around the world, along with extensions of clothes and gloves, is silkscreen printed with a new Article (13.3) for the UN Declaration for Human Rights. Since the wake of the unprecedented migration crisis, and the increasing displacement of communities due to global warming, the Antarctica project is a powerful reminder of the necessity to redefine common good.

OrtaWater in ZKM Karlsruhe

OrtaWater in ZKM Karlsruhe

31 October 2015 - 28 February 2016
ZKM , Group Exhibition

Lucy + Jorge Orta are really pleased to announce their participation to Global:Exo-Evolution, a group exhibition co-curated by Peter Weibel, Sabiha Keyif, Philipp Ziegler and Giulia Bini, at the ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, from October 31, 2015 to February 28, 2016.

Exo-Evolution focuses on the entanglement of art and science, and the artistic use of new technologies that offer a vision of the future. A new reality, shaped by 3-D printers cyborgs, chimeras, gene pools, wearable technologies, synthetic life forms, bionic suits, silicon retinas, artificial tissue, genetic manipulation and quantum physics; is set along along-side solutions such as separating oxygen from CO2 to combat pollution.

Within this context, Lucy + Jorge Orta present Zillie Fluvial Intervention Unit, an immense floating 'water-bar' that displays hundreds of commercial water bottles from around the world. This work raises questions surrounding the privatization and corporate control that affects universal access to water. The fluvial unit is part of the series OrtaWater, which explores through a combination of sculptural experimentation and scientific collaboration, the scarcity of this natural resource, its pollution, the purification processes and methods of re-distribution.

Exceptional opening | Studio Orta Les Moulins

Exceptional opening | Studio Orta Les Moulins

18 October 2015
Les Moulins, Boissy-le-Châtel, Solo exhibition

You are cordially invited to the exceptional opening of Studio Orta Les Moulins, on Sunday October 18, from 12 to 4pm: Lucy + Jorge Orta, la condition du vivant, curated by Philippe Piguet.

Pour certains artistes qui entretiennent à l’espace un rapport privilégié, il leur faut à un moment donné de leur histoire trouver leur lieu. Non pour s’y poser – ceux-là sont de nature nomade et leur art n’existe que dans l’idée de déplacement – mais pour en faire tout à la fois le creuset de toutes sortes d’expériences à diffuser par suite dans le monde et le réceptacle de celles réalisées ici et là. Pour Lucy et Jorge Orta, Les Moulins répondent exactement à cette nécessité. Ils s’y sont donc installés depuis quinze ans, œuvrant à les dynamiser de leurs différentes aventures et les transformant en un espace prospectif d’échanges et de dialogues.

Dans le champ de l’art contemporain, Lucy + Jorge Orta se sont imposés depuis de très nombreuses années comme les figures parangons d‘un engagement artistique en rapport à la question cruciale de l’environnement. Quelle que soit la forme qu’ont prise leurs faits et gestes, leur préoccupation est d’interpeller le regard aux problèmes majeurs que rencontre notre monde dans tous les registres de son évolution. Qu’il s’agisse de l’eau, de la biodiversité, du réchauffement climatique, voire des questions d’identité, de frontière et de migration, Lucy et Jorge Orta agissent en militants indépendants, l’esprit libre de toute contrainte idéologique, dans l’unique intention de préserver ce qui fonde la condition du vivant, condition sine qua non sans quoi celle de l’homme n’est pas respectée.  Philippe Piguet

Travel by car. Travel by train. Informations about Galleria Continua Les Moulins.

The exhibition Lucy + Jorge Orta, la condition du vivant is open by appointment only, RDV.

No Borders! Antarctic Village unveiled in Geneva

No Borders! Antarctic Village unveiled in Geneva

11 October 2015 - 13 October 2015
Sicli Pavillon, Solo exhibition

On the occasion of the Nansen Initiative Global Consultation, Lucy + Jorge Orta’s work Antarctic Village – No Borders will be on exhibition in the Sicli Pavillon Geneva, from October 11 to 13, 2015. The installation, a key component of the DISPLACEMENT project, explores issues of territory and identity.

Curated by the University of the Arts London, DISPLACEMENT is devised as an integrated cultural component of the Nansen Initiative consultative process, foregrounding art practice and research as a methodology to add value to the Nansen Initiative process. DISPLACEMENT seeks to provide a dynamic public interface and heighten awareness of the key issues and challenges facing the urgent need to recognize the plight of displaced people across the world due to slow and sudden-onset disasters, many of which are exacerbated by climate change.

During the Nansen Initiative Global Consultation, representatives of some 100 States from around the world, as well as international organizations, NGOs and academics, will come together endorse a document called the Protection Agenda, which addresses the needs of people displaced across international borders in the context of disasters, including the effects of climate change.

Along side contributions by artists, including Robin Jenkins, Andri Pol, Din M. Shilby, Marie Velardi and Chris Wainwright, Lucy + Jorge Orta will be distributing the Antarctica World Passport, which includes a proposal to ratify the UN Declaration of Human Rights: Article 13.3. Everyone has the right to move freely and cross-frontiers to their chosen territory. No individual should have an inferior status to that of capital, trade, telecommunication, or pollution that traverse all borders.

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