Artist Michel Platnic Calls for Multilateral Partnership to Create Art: Virtual Interactive Platform for Sustainable Development Goals - Owned and Shared by United Nations and People

Image from multimedia work ‘Genesis-deGenesis’, courtesy of Michel Platnic

Image from multimedia work ‘Genesis-deGenesis’, courtesy of Michel Platnic

Ahead of upcoming key global meetings such as the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in September in New York and the One Young World Summit in October in London, Artist Michel Platnic calls for stakeholders across government, non-governmental; private, public, and nonprofit sectors around the world to act on shared sustainable development goals and to partner – in institutional or individual; professional or private capacities – as one united world and civil society to co-construct and co-invest in a virtual interactive platform to connect actors with common goals rooted in human and biodiversity rights.

Recognizing the power of art in creating impact among civil society and the potential of artivism (art activism) to influence the political sphere, Michel Platnic raised an important question “In order to sustain human existence on Earth, how can Art challenges us to redefine mankind’s perception about nature? The UN urge people to realize that we only have one earth and that humans and the environment are one and inseparable. Who better than the citizens are able to create a fast change by modifying their consumption habits and influence local politics by voting? Modern cultures have been for long highly influenced by the need for economic growth and competition, it is time to invest in building a society which prioritizes shared success and to live in harmony and peace with the planet. Should investing in Art and Culture related action to create a new cultural realm for social change not be part of the UN targets for sustainable change in tandem with promoting sustainable Finance, Technology and Trade?”

“Over time, with the aim to survive, humans have developed new tools and technologies. These achievements have led mankind to better control their environment. Our ambition and greed has led to overconsumption and the uncontrolled use of our planet’s resources which led to the extinction of enormous numbers of living species,” Platnic added on the fact that we are living in the Holocene or the sixth mass extinction and that most citizens of the planet should take concern and accountability to address the related issues.

The virtual platform will focus on supporting and creating synergy for collective concrete actions; the main areas of focus will be:

  • Reprogramming the misconception of the duality human/ nature and that nature should serve human needs into partnership/ coexistence between human and all living and nonliving organisms. Replace the hierarchical pyramid model back to a complex biosphere based model;

  • Encouraging actions to create a responsible democracy where citizens take an active part in politics;

  • Educating society through Art with the importance of nature legal and administrative rights for all forms of living creatures and natural resources as a crucial necessity for human existence;

  • Harnessing people, research and technology to preserve ecosystems including biotic and abiotic resources;

  • Advertising open calls to create synergies between different actors;

  • Creating a database of current and past Art actions for sustainable development.

The platform shall also jointly with FutureHere, develop indices to share governments’ and corporations’ spending on and contributions to artistic and cultural initiatives and actions for sustainable development.

The global climate crisis is a tremendous chance for us to understand more about ourselves in relation to the world and realize that a lot of our priorities today in both private and professional spheres are no longer viable.

Michel Platnic stressed, “It is time for us to take responsibility of our actions. We wish to create a platform where industrialists, investors, scientific researchers, thinkers and artists will join forces and efforts together in order to create a future wherein human beings will feel a part and live in harmony with their environment while preserving natural resources.”

Film still from multimedia work ‘Genesis-deGenesis’, courtesy of Michel Platnic

Film still from multimedia work ‘Genesis-deGenesis’, courtesy of Michel Platnic

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About Michel Platnic 

Michel Platnic (1970), born in France, obtained a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering in 1994. He obtained several patents and authored many publications when he worked as an Engineer for more than a decade. He moved to Israel at 28 and found his artistic voice in his new place of residence and went on to study theatre, performance, martial arts, and dance. Realizing his inclination towards the Fine Arts, Platnic graduated in 2010 with honors in Fine Arts from the Midrasha School of Art in Israel. That very year, he received the Shpilman Grant for Excellence in Photography and was selected by ST-ART, an incubator project for young artists. In 2017, Platnic completed the Art&Media “Meisterschüler” program of the Universität der Künste (post-M.A.) in Berlin.

Platnic’s work unfolds through multiple media including photography, video, new media, performance, painting and the links that bring them closer together. Platnic has been creating illusionary worlds and letting the viewer become part of them. Immersion in these spaces is employed as a means of deconditioning. Observing and reenacting the rituals and symbols of power, Platnic tracks down the mechanisms that authority uses to submit, to condition and to create participants in its system. By laying out the conditions of aesthetic subversiveness (notably in his series of living paintings, with its formal work on the voluntary confusion of media), Platnic beckons us to take notice of the forces that tacitly and without our knowledge indenture us.


Platnic's works have been exhibited in galleries, institutions and museums across Israel and abroad. His solo exhibitions include the Multi-Media Art Museum, Moscow (2015), The Open Museum of Photography, Tel-Hai, Israel (2014), Haifa Museum, Haifa, IL (2012), Ramat-Gan Museum, Ramat-Gan, IL (2011), Art Stage Art Fair, Singapore (2015), Gordon Gallery, Tel-Aviv (2017 & 2014) and Fresh Paint Art Fair, Tel-Aviv (2013). Platnic has also participated in group exhibitions around the world including the Changjiang Biennale of Photo&Video, Changjiang Museum of Contemporary Art (2015), Gutman Museum, Tel-Aviv (2014 & 2015), Center for Contemporary Art, Tel-Aviv (2011), Tel-Aviv Museum (2011), FusionsArts Museum, New York (2010), the National Academy of Arts, Kiev (2017), Galleria Continua, Boissy-le-Châtel (2015) and the Gazelli Art House, London (2013).


Numerous articles have been published on Platnic’s works, for example in The Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Russia, Artdaily, Asia, Ocula, Asia Pacific, Nylon Magazine, Art Times, United-States, Lifestyle Asia, Randian, China Art Times, China, Elephant Magazine, Phaidon, United Kingdom, Artribune, Artsblog, Italy, Art and Only, Switzerland, Haaretz - Galeria, Time-Out, Telavivian, Forbes, Calcalist, Ms. Use Magazine, A5 Magazine, i24News – Culture, Cable News Channel - Aroutz 98, Kol Israel Radio, Zman Avir – Channel1, Israel.

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