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Walking among packs of waste, "in a futuristic landscape that is actually not that far away": this is the work of Potsy, (Pierluigi Monsignori Potsy www.plasticfood.it) the background for an "eco-conscious" walk, an invitation to a simple reflection: we must reduce the production of waste. In gardens, parks, squares and streets, Potsy proposes "Plasti Food", the latest in a series of works begun in 2000 and dedicated to polymers, convinced that man lives an unrequited love with this wonderful and now irreplaceable material that has radically positively changed the quality of our life. But we must be very careful not to use them unnecessarily ". Even art makes us realize this.
1) How did the idea of Plastic Food come about? With what goal?
"Plastic Food" represents what we will experience, what awaits us and which unfortunately is already past-present in other regions: a society that cannibalizes certainties, which seeks in every way to replace the normal nature of all things, living and simple , in a perverse profit logic that in the end backfired.
The Plastic Food installation is an invitation for those who produce and those who consume to have an eco-conscious attitude regarding the production of waste. It is also an invitation to take a walk in an unfortunately present future landscape, which seems distant to us, but which in reality is not that far away. A simple reflection: we must reduce the production of waste. We can no longer wait for the unawareness of a distracted future to take away from our children the familiar daily routine: walking in a field with freshly cut grass, feeling the light scent of hay presses brings us back to contact with nature and this it must be an inheritance for all.
2) How long did it take to make it happen?
Making “Plastic Food” was very complex because it is not a work that can be hung at home and is full of contents that vary from the place and context in which it is installed. The logistical difficulties are quite clear, and last but not least, the desire for change, with regard to waste, of the Municipality or the person hosting the work is needed.
3) The work is part of a path that began in 2000, which one?
The "Plastic Food" land art installation is the latest in a series of installations begun in 2000, characterized by the use of plastic materials. I am convinced that man has an unrequited love with this wonderful and now irreplaceable polymer.
Polymers have radically positively changed the quality of our life, but we must be very careful not to use them unnecessarily. Previous works such as Campi Plastic, Plastic Minds, Natural White and Plastic Flower are its essence.
Unfortunately, in view of an unbridled consumerism and devoid of eco-awareness, perhaps we have reached a point of no return for which an invention of man that should have improved our condition, like plastic, is quickly throwing evolution human in a waste bin.
4) What reactions did you get when showing Plastic Food?
There are over 40 artists all over the world who constantly join the project and dedicate works to Plastic Food and many people who contribute with their presence.
I invited artists to try to use their communication skills to contaminate their installation and help the planet. Every person who talked about it, touched it, photographed it, made a video of it, used it as a musical instrument, loved it, hated it, contaminated it in a positive way, thus making it common table .
There are also those who have contested the fact that Plastic Food always seems the same: this is equivalent to asking a painter why he continues to paint pictures on canvas.
My canvas is the world and my colors are the materials I use, in the case of Plastic Food they are eco presses. With these I express my art, in different locations, such as historic centers or parks, and with meanings that change from time to time.
5) Where do you like to exhibit Plastic Food?
Plastic food adapts as a polymorphic being to any environment, both internal and external. It is now permanently exhibited at the MAC in Bahia, or within the Umbra Foundation for Architecture but has been exhibited in fields, historical centers such as Perugia and Marsciano or used by consumer rights associations within events. Or even at the Agora of the Luigi Pecci Center for Contemporary Art in Prato. Plastic Food can be exhibited through small or large presses, and is accompanied by a lot of multimedia material and works dedicated to it by other artists.
6) What role can art play in transmitting "green" values?
Artists have always had a preferential channel of mass communication and therefore I believe that in a historical moment where all certainties are lost, art plays a fundamental role in trying to put hope back at the center of our everyday life.
7) Do you have other, unveiled projects relating to attention to the environment?
The European week for waste reduction, in some other European capital, like last year in Brussels.
Installing Plastic Food in Brussels was very important because it is the heart of modern Europe, the hub where the future of all of us is decided. There the message on the need to reset the concept of productivity by moving towards a system arrived with the work.