Michael Pinsky (United Kingdom)

How clean is our air? 

Experience some of the most polluted cities in the world from the safety of these glorious and sustainably made pods.  

Your journey starts in a pod recreating the pristine environment of Tautra, a remote Norwegian island. Enjoy breathing in that clean-smelling air, and steel yourself to continue through to the pods with some of the lowest air quality in the world: London, New Delhi, Beijing and São Paulo. 

Each pod safely *simulates* the polluted environments of these cities rather than exposing you to the serious levels of ozone, nitrogen dioxide, sulphur dioxide and carbon monoxide that their occupants breathe in every day.  

Are you ready to take a whiff of the smog of London or Beijing? And how does Melbourne compare?

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) monitors air quality throughout Melbourne and Victoria to help people maintain health and wellbeing. Visit the EPA website to see the latest air monitoring results and learn more about air quality in Victoria.

This work contains theatrical haze and atmospheric effects.

Presented in partnership with White Night Melbourne and the EPA.  



22–31 AUGUST 2019

  • 22–23 August open 7pm–midnight, as part of White Night Melbourne Reimagined 
  • 24 August open 7pm–2am, as part of White Night Melbourne Reimagined  
  • 25 August  CLOSED
  • 26–31 August open 11am6pm 
  • 2930 August open 11am8pm  

Michael Pinsky will also give the Hugh Williamson Lecture

About the contributor(s): 

Michael Pinsky (United Kingdom)

Michael is a British artist whose work has been shown in galleries and public spaces internationally. Taking the combined roles of artist, urban planner, activist, researcher and citizen, he often starts residencies and commissions without a specified agenda, working with local people and resources, and allowing the physical, social and political environment to define his working methodology. Past work has been shown at TATE Britain, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chengdu, Saatchi Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Institute for Contemporary Art in London, La Villette in Paris, BALTIC in Gateshead, Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, and more.   



Photo credit: Peter Macdiarmid