FROM THE COASTLINE: In-between Plastic Environments

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What is our relationship with the Ocean? And, how are we actually interconnected?

From April 9th until May 6th, 2020 the exhibition From the Coastline will feature the work of artists whose positions reflect on the entanglements between humans, things, and the marine environment.

From the Coastline is an invitation to understand the coastline both as a geographical place that brings us closer to the ocean, as well as a metaphorical one which allows us to explore hybrid positions between the natural and the artificial. At coastlines the planetary flow of our local actions becomes most visible, urging us to question and invert logics of profit through proposals of care from, outside, and beyond industrial narratives.

The portrait series In Your Face which Ocean. Now! realised in collaboration with the artist Swaantje Güntzel will make a central piece of the exhibition, accompanied by the artwork Microplastics  by Swaantje Güntzel telling the story leading up to Microplastics II.

Very soon, you will find more info on further collaborating artists here.

From the Coastline is an educational project accompanied by a public program offering visitors the chance to exchange ideas, participate in panel discussions, workshops, and talks. Our goal is to enhance dialogue between all levels of society — art, business, science, education, and politics — to re-discover our compassion for nature, and to activate collective action.
The exhibition is curated by Franca Lopez Barbera, a member of Ocean. Now!, and we are very grateful to be able to show From the Coastline at Haus der Statistik, in Berlin.

Within Ocean. Now!’s work overall, From the Coastline situates itself within the current campaign “Microplastics in Cosmetics and Cleaning Products”. The campaign aims at accelerating a legal ban that has been outstanding for years via a petition counting more than 117.000 signatures to date.

Exhibition dates:
Duration: April 9th – May 6th 2020, Hours: Tue-Sun 11am-8pm
Opening: April 9th, 7pm
Finissage: Mai 6th, 7pmOrt: Haus der Statistik, Karl-Marx-Allee 1, 10178 Berlin

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“Mal liegt es ruhig und behäbig im Glitzern der Sonnenstrahlen, mal türmen sich unendliche Wassermassen urgewaltig und bedrohlich, schiffeverschluckend und felsenbrechend vor uns auf. Es liegt vor uns, flach, eine blaue Masse, die Kulisse für einen Sonnenuntergang, züngelnd, wellenrieselnd am Ufer leckend, der Horizont wie begradigt. Die Welt unter der Oberfläche bekannt und doch verborgen. Tag für Tag versinkt im Blau das Wesensfremde, umschlossen von Wassermassen, dem Auge entzogen. Hat das Meer einen Schluckauf spuckt es das Unverdauliche wieder aus, an den Strand. Der Rest sinkt auf den Boden oder geht auf eine lange Reise, auf der Meeresautobahn oder per Anhalter im Bauch eines Vogels.”

Swaantje Güntzel




“Ozean = Freiheit, Vielfalt, Fluss und Fluidität. Raue, leidenschaftliche Übermacht. Erregung.

Ozean = langsame, unbeobachtete Traurigkeit. Unsichtbare Trümmer. Trüber Tod.

Ozean = tiefblaue Schreie, brandende Rebellion, eine letzte kompromisslose Vergeltung.”

Kat Austen





–  Saša Spačal



– further introductions of the artists we collaborate with will be continued here shortly…stay tuned!


Goal of the exhibition is to spark a a dialogue between all levels of society — art, business, science, education, and politics. This is why we are planning a program with talks, a movie night, workshops and plenum discussions. We will announce the program details on this page in the next few weeks. A heads-up: All of our plenum discussions will be in German but someone will help with English translation, so you will be able to follow the talk.

Attention: Below you find a afirst overview. More details are following soon!

April 17th: Plenum Discussion Science - Business - Public sector

Theme of this discussion will be “Mikroplastics – invisible danger or panicmongering? Perspectives and approach for solutions from different areas of society.”

April 18th: DIY Cosmetics Workshop with Coscoon

With our partner Coscoon, you’ll learn to make your own cosmetics – all natural and free of microplastics.

April 18th: Live Skype Call with Ben Lecomte -The Vortex Swim

The open water pro swimmer Ben Lecomte crossed 2019 the Pacific Garbage Patch. We will have a Live Skype Talk with him and he will talk about his mission. Bring your questions!

April 24th: Kids Workshop with Pass the Crayon

“The hidden damage and the floating beauty” – our partner Pass the Crayon will create an artwork with kids and it will then become a part of our exhibition!

April 25th: Plenum Discussion Art - Science - Humanities


Can art and science move humans into action? Perspectives on the path of social change.


April 30th: Zero Waste Workshop


In this workshop, zero Waste experts will share their tips and tricks. Bring a pen and paper!


April 30th: Fishbowl Discussion

“How can we generated social change in 2020 – in which way does Science contribute to the 2030 Agenda and which positioning does Politics have?”  In a Fishbowl, you can take part in the discussion. We’re looking forward to it!

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