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Pollution Pods by Michael Pinsky - UK Tour, Summer 2019

Greater Manchester

17–23 June 2019, 9.30am–7.30pm

The Piazza, MediaCityUK, 101-110 Broadway, Salford M50 2EQ
Presented with Transport for Greater Manchester as part of Clean Air Week 2019

Portland, Dorset

29 June–1 July, 10am–7pm
Special opening event: Friday 28 June, 5-7pm (booking required)

Stadium Bowl, Fortuneswell, Portland, Dorset DT5 1LZ
Presented in association with b-side

Following installations in London (Somerset House), Geneva (WHO) and Vancouver (TED), Michael Pinsky’s immersive Pollution Pods return to the UK for a strictly limited UK tour this June. Appearing in the Piazza at MediaCityUK, Salford from 17-23 June, then travelling to Portland in Dorset, 29 June–1 July.

Brought to Manchester by Cape Farewell in partnership with Transport for Greater Manchester, Pollution Pods will be free to the public throughout Clean Air Week. The artwork uses harmless, specially created atmospheres in five interconnected geodesic domes to simulate dangerously polluted air quality in cities around the world.

The unique, interactive installation takes you on a fascinating journey through the pollution and air quality of cities across the world. Step inside a series of climatically controlled pods and compare five contrasting global environments where the air quality, ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide levels of five cities is recreated. Starting with the truly clean air of Tautra in Norway, you will continue through the astonishing smog and pollution of London, New Delhi, Beijing and Sao Paolo.

“Air pollution is a major public health risk and we have to take urgent steps to tackle the issue in Greater Manchester. It’s also vital that we raise awareness of the issue and the Pollution Pods provide a really innovative and interesting way of getting people involved in the debate. It’s free and will leave you far better informed about the impact of poor air quality on your health, so I would urge anyone who can make it to come along and find out more” Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester

Special Event: Making Art in Difficult Times

Friday 28 June, 5-7pm

A lively discussion between Michael Pinsky, Sara Hudston and Leni Dothan to open the Pollution Pods in Portland

We face one of the biggest catastrophes in our planet's history. Climate change and environmental destruction are causing mass extinction. The threat to life includes the human species. If we go extinct, we are likely to leave an Earth that is uninhabitable to most lifeforms. What is the point of art in the face of death? Can art affect political change? Join artists Michael Pinsky, Leni Dothan and writer and Extinction Rebellion activist Sara Hudston for a lively and incisive discussion. Both artists have made work in response to the ever-increasing threat of pollution, this event includes a tour of Michael Pinsky's ‘Pollution Pods’ and screening of a film about Leni Dothan’s b-side commission ‘The Portland Stone Rehabilitation Centre’.


b-side will be providing transport from Weymouth Station to the site, please indicate on your booking if you would like to use this service.

Pollution Pods has been generously supported by the following organisations

Arts Council England
Build With Hubs
Cape Farewell
International Flavors & Fragrances Ltd
King’s College London
Norwegian Research Council
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
The Norwegian Institute of Air Research (NILU)
University of East London
Manchester kindly supported by Transport for Greater Manchester