Phytoplankton Manifesto (2020-22)

Phytoplankton Manifesto is the MA research in contemporary studies of art in nature of Sabina Simon (Barcelona, 1980), Spanish artist working between Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro. This 2-years-long research brings new perspectives about how, as artist, can deal with the planetary uncertainty that affects our interconnections and those from all species.  

To lead with the ocean of planetary challenges, the project decides to become as little as a drop of water. Apparently empty, its invisible surface hides a forest inhabited by fascinating microorganism that transforms water into life: phytoplankton. This micro vegetal community that live adrift in all aquatic environment, contains the ancestral revolution process that have morphed the planet's mantle into green and blue for billions of years: the photosynthesis. Playing with macro-micro scales and human-non-human perspectives, the research draws a conceptual cartography that connects arts, oriental philosophy and indigenous Amerindian cosmovisions along with the way as phytoplankton are traversed by their liquid world, how they belong to a not-residual natural circle and their importance for the huge biodiversity of Gaia.

Being inspired by the phytoplankton, is possible to (dis)orient the encounters between art, life and matter in the contemporary Anthropo-Scene, as well as give us some of the keys to review the ways of thinking, doing and feeling our home.

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PROCESS OF INSTALLATIONManifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Model for Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujosManifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

manifesto fitoplancton sabina simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

manifesto fitoplancton sabina simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Drawings on rice paper, 109x79cms. Vegetal, algae and mineral pigments. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Painting on water and posteriory transfered on 12m paper. For Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Biomaterials (red seaweed) and mineral pigments, different sizes. Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Limited edition publication Manifesto Fitoplancton, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

Manifesto Fitoplancton Sabina Simon dibujos
Limited edition publication Manifesto Fitoplancton Installation, Bienal Ciencia y Arte, Concepción, Chile. October 2022.

RESEARCH PROCESS CARTOGRAPHIES

Cartography about the concept of multiespecie empathy. 30x42cm, ink on paper, 2022.


Cartography about the root and soil microcosmos. 30x42cm, ink and pigments on paper, 2022.


Cartography about the leaf and its exchange with the world. 30x42cm, ink and pigments on paper, 2022.


Cartography about the seed and its dispersion. 30x42cm, ink and pigments on paper, 2022.