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Dr Michael Pinsky

Reader in Fine Art

Fine Art, Fine Art

Dr Michael Pinsky MA(RCA), BA(Hons), AdDip (ArtEd), Dip A&D. Dr Pinsky is an artist with a significant international career. His arts practice covers large scale installations, museum shows and commissions in the public realm. He teaches across all three years of the Fine Art undergraduate course and supervises a number of doctoral students on the Professional Doctorate Fine Art course.

  • University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    University Way
    London, E16 2RD
    United Kingdom
    E16 2RD

    Michael Pinsky is a British artist whose international projects have created innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He has undertaken many residencies that explore issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher, and resident, he starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology.
    His work has been shown at: TATE Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chengdu; Saatchi Gallery; Victoria and Albert Museum; Institute for Contemporary Art, London; La Villette, Paris; BALTIC, Gateshead; Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; Modern Art Oxford, Milton Keynes Gallery, Cornerhouse, Manchester; Liverpool Biennial, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours; Armory Center of the Arts, Los Angeles and the Rotterdam International Architectural Biennial. His most recent solo exhibition was at Somerset House, London.
    Dr Michael Pinsky graduated from the Royal College of Art. He has received awards from the RSA, Arts Council England, British Council, Arts and Business, the Wellcome Trust and his exhibition Pontis was shortlisted for the prestigious Gulbenkian Museums Award.


    Most Recent Research

    - Pollution Pods

    Five interconnected geodesic domes contain carefully mixed recipes emulating the relative presence of ozone, particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide which pollute London, New Delhi, San Paolo and Beijing. Starting from a coastal location in Norway, the visitor passes through increasingly polluted cells, from dry and cold locations to hot and humid.

    Pollution Pods has been commissioned by NTNU as part of Climart a four-year research project that examines the underlying psychological mechanisms involved in both the production and reception of visual art using these findings in an attempt to unite the natural sciences to the visual arts.

    This installation has been exhibited at the following venues:
    COP25, IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
    UN Climate Change Summit, UN Buildings, New York City, USA
    Activate, Brownsea Island
    Science Gallery Melbourne, Australia
    B-Side, Portland, Dorset
    Media City Plaza, Manchester
    TED Annual Conference, Vancouver, Canada
    Somerset House, London
    Place des Nations, Geneva
    Klimahaus, BremerHaven, Germany
     Climart, Trondheim, Norway

    Previous Research

    - City Speaks

    The City Speaks, functions as a 21st century Speakers’ Corner in which open-air public speaking takes on epic proportions as spoken words are translated to text and relayed on one of the towers supporting Hull’s tidal barrier. A steel lectern located on the quayside of Humber Dock offers a platform for members of the public to broadcast their thoughts and feelings. A hidden microphone captures their words and sends them to a data processing cloud which transcribes the phases into a scrolling dot-matrix text ascending the tidal barrier. The plinth and the tidal barrier perfectly align allowing the speaker to see their own speech being emitted across Hull.

    Commissioned by Hull City of Culture.

    - L'eau Qui Dort

    Lurking deep below the surface of Ourcq Canal jettisoned objects awaited recovery. Over the years their surfaces gained the complexion of aquatic wreckage. Forty of these ghostly objects mysteriously appeared upright on the surface of the canal water, bathed in aquamarine light. Again visible, these bicycles, shopping trolleys, signs and fridges confronted their owners, demonstrating that society’s desire for the new can only be supported by rendering the old invisible. An eerie composition generated from these objects emanated from spaces around the canal to form an intricate three-dimensional soundscape.

    L’eau Qui Dort was commissioned by COAL for La Villette during COP21 in Paris.

    This installation has been exhibited at the following venues:

    Nuit Blanche, Brussels, Belgium
    Parc de la Villette, Paris


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    Subject Areas

    - Fine Art
    - Prof Doc