Pollutive Ends

We werend gevraagd door Thijs Biersteker om te helpen met de ontwikkeling van zjin interactieve installatie “Pollutive Ends“. De installatie bestaat uit een system dat water, vervuild door één enkele sigarettenpeuk, rondpompt op een organisch uitziende manier, aangestuurd door de aanwezigheid van bezoekers. In samenwerking met Thijs Biersteker hebben we het pomp-systeem en de elektronica ontwikkeld, en het interactie design voor de installatie gedaan. Ook het programmeren van alle software voor de installatie hebben wij voor onze rekening genomen.

With the art installation Pollutive Ends the artist Thijs Biersteker shows the impact of 1 cigarette butt on our environment and waters. The impact is made visible by moving small elements of real polluted water hypnotically right in front of the visitors eyes through an intricate tube system. The algorithmic driven pumping system calculates the amount of visitors that are in the museum, the likelihood that they smoke and the amount of pollution that they would generate.

“‘Pollutive Ends’ is an interactive artwork that wants us to focus on the smallest biggest polluter out there. The cigarette butt.”

One cigarette butt pollutes 3.4 milliliter of water per minute to a deadly level for small sea and ocean creatures. In 2006 researchers from the US Environmental Protection Agency discovered that when you put a cigarette butt in 1 liter of water for one day, the toxic waste it creates will kill 50% of all small sea creatures and fish in the water. These filters emit cadmium, lead, arsenic and zinc and the bits of tobacco left in the filter emit tar, nicotine, pesticides and other chemicals.

Pollutive Ends was part of the exhibition ‘Continuous Refle(a)ction”, an exhibition on eco-art, environmental protection and sustainability initiated by the Riverside Art Museum and Morcreate.Ltd, supported by Wild Aid and the Alashan Foundation.

Pollutive Ends (2019)
Production: Woven Studio
Artist: Thijs Biersteker
Electronics: Thijs Biersteker, Front404, Kees Plattel​
Technical Build : Thijs Biersteker, @hereyouart
Head of Production: Sophie De Krom
Music : End of Time​ , Daniel Schotsborg
Commissioned by: Beijing Riverside Art Museum & Morcreate.Ltd