Santa Monica Community Climate Action Summit


I will be taking part to this event with a special Pecha Kulha presentation!


The Community Climate Action Summit is tomorrow and we’re getting excited! The first session will begin promptly at 10:30am, so we ask that you arrive early to check-in. There will be coffee and refreshments, so if you arrive early it will give you plenty of time to check-in and grab your morning treats before the program starts.

Bike Valet and Child Care are provided.

While we hope as many people as possible can bike, walk or bus to the Summit, underground parking is available at St. Monica’s access via the driveway located at 725 California Avenue in Santa Monica.

Updated Agenda

9:00 AM Kidical Mass Ride

10:00 AM Check-In

10:30 AM Welcome

11:00PM Downtown Community Plan: The Future of Mobility (Panel Discussion)

Moderator: Francie Stefan, Mobility Manager
Amanda Eaken, Director, Climate & Energy, NRDC
Ashley Hand, Cityfi
Colin F. Peppard, Innovation Manager for Outreach and Strategic Relationships, LA Metro

12-1:00PM Lunch & Green Living Expo

1-2:00PM Achieving Clean Energy for All (Group Discussion & Workshop)

Opening Presenter: Joe Galliani, South Bay Clean Power
2:15-3:15PM Resilient Communities, Low Carbon Living (Group Discussion & Workshop)

Opening Presenter: Heather Joy Rosenberg, Director of the LA Resilience Initiative, USGBC-LA
3:30-4:30PM Pecha Kucha Slam (Community Presentations)

4:30 PM Climate Social Hour & Land Art Generator Initiative Gallery


Community Climate Action Summit


Saturday, October 29, 2016 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (PDT)
St. Monica Catholic Community
725 California Avenue
Grand Pavilion
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Organized by City of Santa Monica, Office of Sustainability and the Environment


I have a new website!

I am building a new website with my latest works, mostly video and performance. These works are not in my original website (, where plastic bags are the main focus and actors.

The website is still under construction but do have a peek if you can:



Race for Water

Race for Water launches its second Odyssey (2017-2021)

Dear Water Guardians,

After the first shocking findings – that a global clean-up of the oceans was now unrealistic – during the Race for Water Odyssey completed in 2015, Race for Water is mobilising again and launching a second expedition focused on a five-year programme (2017 -2021). The new Odyssey will take place on board a unique vessel: the “Race for Water” catamaran (formerly Planet Solar), which is 100% self- sufficient, thanks to its ability to harness both solar energy and hydrogen technologies, developed and produced by the Foundation’s partner company, Swiss Hydrogen.  Acting as an ambassador boat for the programme, “Race for Water” will serve as an educational platform, travelling laboratory and a working demonstration of Clean-tech innovations.

In the service of science… 
Founded in 2010, the Race for Water Foundation has developed a water conservation programme around its three founding pillars: LEARN-SHARE-ACT.

During the first Race for Water Odyssey in 2015, the Foundation’s teams focused on the LEARN and SHARE pillars. That was because it was important to determine the actual extent of plastic pollution and the degree of awareness of the affected communities, in order to identify innovative and effective solutions to address this global issue. After traveling 32,000 nautical miles, visiting three oceans and five major waste concentration areas (called a “Gyre” or “Vortex”), making 16 stops, collecting and analysing 15,420 pieces of macro-waste and 196,250 micro-plastic particles, the conclusion was clear: a large-scale clean-up of the oceans is unrealistic.
Based on these first findings, the Foundation has set the course for a second expedition, which aims to continue the work begun in 2015 and develop the third “ACT” pillar of the programme.
On board the “Race for Water” catamaran, the crew will make stopovers in areas of interest for scientific research where they can also take advantage of events of global significance. This will enable them to reach the widest possible audience in order to promote practical solutions for the collection of plastic waste on land and also to combat the pollution of our oceans. Over five years, they will visit three major areas of study as follows:

  • 2017-2018: Bermuda area and California -> America’s Cup
  • 2018-2020: North Pacific area / South China Sea -> Tokyo Olympics
  • 2020-2021: Middle East area -> Expo Dubai

… and energy transition 
To showcase what is possible during this second world expedition, the Foundation has the first demonstrator vessel in the world using only clean and renewable energy for its fuel and for maintaining life on board. Indeed, thanks to the expertise of Swiss Hydrogen, the “Race for Water” catamaran will be equipped technology to extend its range using hydrogen technology as an energy source. This completely clean supplementary energy, stored as compressed hydrogen gas, will be generated by using surplus energy produced by the solar generator. The hydrogen will be produced on board by electrolysis (splitting the H₂O water molecule) from seawater that can be collected and desalinated during navigation. This on-board system will enable the vessel to quadruple its range. Independent on land and at sea, the H₂ version of this solar vessel, is free from all forms of fossil fuel and has become a showcase of “Clean-tech” innovations and energy transition by offering pragmatic, realistic and modern solutions.

A unique hosting platform 
With no impact on the environment, the “Race for Water” boat is an exceptional hosting platform. With two laboratories (Dry-Lab and Wet-Lab), 90m² of modular workspace with communication and transmission systems (wifi, satellite and optical), the catamaran offers optimum working conditions for researchers from around the world. As a true travelling laboratory, this platform will host research work by universities and international groups so that they can deepen their knowledge on the macro and micro plastics in the most relevant study areas (the Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf of California, Sargasso Sea, South China Sea, Gulf of Oman, Red Sea etc.).

Equally useful as an educational tool and communication medium, the “Race for Water” boat will transform into an exhibition zone, conference centre, reception venue, leading educational facility and even a TV studio –  to raise large-scale awareness among the public and institutions about the need for the preservation of water. Taking advantage of the media already on site, “Race for Water” will stop in Bermuda for the America’s Cup, in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games and in Dubai for the World Expo.

This Odyssey in the service of the oceans, science and energy transition is scheduled to depart in April 2017.

Marco Simeoni, President and Founder of the Race for Water Foundation: “With this second Odyssey, the Race for Water Foundation is continuing its commitment to the fight against plastic pollution and stepping up its efforts. After the bitter conclusion from 2015, we hope to inject some positive momentum into the cause of the preservation water. Today, no one can deny that rational and cost-effective solutions can be put in place to conserve water, and that’s the whole purpose of this new global expedition.”

Gérard d’Aboville, Captain of the “Race for Water” boat: “I am delighted to contribute to a new scientific expedition in the service of the oceans. Setting out on this solar / hydrogen hybrid boat and getting it around safely is a nautical and technological challenge that I’m delighted to be taking part in. The enthusiasm that the catamaran generates at every stopover promises some fruitful exchanges between all those aware of the changes in the maritime world.”

Alexander Closset, President of Swiss Hydrogen SA: “As a partner of the Race for Water Foundation since July 2015, this new global expedition is a turning point in our collaboration on the conservation of water. By contributing our expertise in the area of hydrogen technologies and equipping the catamaran with a production unit, we are facing a new technological challenge in mobility and in the extreme conditions posed by the marine environment. Together, we look forward to showing the potential of these clean energy solutions and to supporting research and outreach projects hosted by the Race for Water Foundation. “

Quando la natura diventa arte 2016

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When Nature becomes Art 2016 – Images 

Bellissimi, Dolcedo, Imperia, Italy

A great success of the public, even this year, for the 10th edition of When Nature Becomes Art which was held on Sunday 4th September 2016 on the occasion of the fest celebrating the Madonna della Misericordia. 25 artists both Italian and International, residents and holiday makers alike, participated. Extremely welcome was the presence of a German family from Heidelberg, participating with 3 artworks . 29 artistic creations found their natural setting in a lovely Ligurian terraced garden of the village. (photos by Maya Rose) 


Come gli anni scorsi grande successo di pubblico alla decima edizione della rassegna artistica Quando la Natura diventa Arte che si è tenuta la domenica 4 settembre 2016 in occasione della festa della Madonna della Misericordia . Hanno partecipato 25 artisti italiani e stranieri residenti oppure in vacanza nell’imperiese . Gradita è stata la presenza di una famiglia tedesca di Heidelberg in vacanza a Bellissimi che han partecipato con 3 opere realizzate da madre e due figli. In tutto 29 opere hanno trovato la loro collocazione naturale in un meraviglioso giardino terrazzato ligure del borgo. (foto di Maya Rose)

Exhibition curated by Guido Gulino.

MAP is in Santa Fe

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From 16th September to 16th October ‘The Map is not the Territory’, curated by Jennifer Heath and Dagmar Painter will be showing at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.