International exhibition 15.1.2021 – 12.3.2021
About whether or not we reach our climate goal
Object, installation, photo, painting, video, reading
The 1.5-degree target is understood to mean the goal of limiting the man-made global temperature increase through the greenhouse effect to 1.5 degrees Celsius by 2100 from the level before the start of industrialization. Almost all the states of the world have signed the Paris Convention, according to which they intend to make efforts to achieve the 1.5 degree target. Climate researchers doubt that we will reach this goal – we are already at 2 degrees. There is a lack of political will. Fridays for Future is fighting make state fulfill the contract.
What has to change to reach the goal? Researchers have developed scenarios that show ways. For example, increasing the price of CO2 to 100€/ton. Renewable energies like wind power and solar energy can be used instead of fossil fuels. We humans can live well and in a climate-friendly way.
What images do artists create on the theme? We are pleased about the many submissions and have selected exciting ones.
Sandra Becker (D), Thomas Behling (D), Giulia Berra (D), Anna Dittrich (D), Volkan Diyaroglu (PL), Monika Funke Stern (CAM), Yossi Galanti (IL/NL), Ian Gibbins (AUS), Stephan Groß (D), Karin Heinrich (CH), Pernilla Henrikson (D), Hartmut Kiewert (D), Maria Koehne (D), Sabine Naumann-Cleve (D), Astrid Raimann (D), Rico Rensmeyer (D), Clara S. Rueprich (GB), Berit Schmidt-Villnow (D), Maksim Shishov (RU), Technologie und das Unheimliche (D), Tessa Teixeira (ZA), Sylvia Toy St. Louis (USA), Vaghe Stelle (Danilo Pastore, Andrea Leonessa, Alvise Zambon) (IT), Misha Waks (PL)
Video of the exhibition with introduction by Tom Albrecht
All works of the exhibition
We are out of order. Crazy. We risk our planet instead of stopping global warming. My work is a warning, it is an urgent sign for taking action right now. On the wall you find a plan for action with possible milestones. Stopping would be that easy putting it first for political decisions.
We mobilize (2020)
Photography, C-print, colored pencil, paper, glass, frame
The caption “We make you mobile. Redesign Germany.” is in the current VW font “VW Head”. The small map of Germany shows the shape of the country when the sea level rises by 60 meters. Melt both poles completely, the sea level rises around 67 meters.
Map of Berlin (2020)
Acrylic paint, paper, hardboard, glass, frame
Explanatory text below the map: This historical map still shows numerous small islands that initially existed in the area of the sunken city of Berlin after the poles melted, but which quickly fell victim to the currents and tides. If both poles melt completely, the sea level will rise by about 67 meters.
Innovation and Technologie (2019)
Wood, glass, cardboard, photography, LEDs, LED controller, glass fibers, acrylic paint, gold leaf
On the cardboard behind the front pane of glass is a small six-sided stain – with a lot of imagination you can see in it the silhouette of a UFO. And – inside it two tiny specks of light are twinkling. They are the ends of two glass fibers – a whole bunch of them are are flashing inside the box. The side glass panels allow one to see this inner life, and also two pictures: planet earth in muted colors and a black and white photograph of a landscape with a small settlement, the latter has been turned on its side and is now only a back wall of the yellowed box. “Innovation and Technology”, are what, according to Angela Merkel, Greta Thunberg forgot to talk about in her speech to the United Nations on 24. Sept. 2019.
wood, glue, sea glass
The fragile pile dwelling town refers both to a bio architecture developed according to Nature and to a dystopian future in which humanity faces the consequences of drought, ice melting and ocean rising. Terramare recalls the Bronze Age settlements (probably collapsed because of overpopulation, dryness and depletion of natural resources) where some houses were built upon piles and some were not, and in fact the little stilts seem to wait the water, while the top, made of ice-like sea glass, reminds the action of the sea over human artefacts.
Cognitive Dissonanz – what are the odds? (2020/2021)
re-used acrylic glass, reflective foil
Every Choice matters! Everything we do, feel, think and want, matters! Cognitive dissonanz describes the state of mind when our actions do not align with our thinking and values. There are many factors that influence our behaviour – from monetarian boundaries, social pressure and norms up to the cost-benefit ratio. We are caught in the indecision and discomfort of the situation and have to decide if we adapt our values or behaviour. This installation relates to this unnoticed process and makes it visible and recognizable, to release a better understanding of problem solution and Judgment in the observer’s mind. Most of the used materials are from re-use material storages of Berlin.
Apocalyptic Kebab (2012)
I created “Apocalyptic Kebab” first as a sculpture and then as a video in 2012, when the whole world was deliriously waiting for the Mayan prophecy about the end of the world. The situation was quite pathetic. People were organizing special parties for the very end of the world eagerly. At that moment anything about that subject was a true morbidity. Meanwhile, in a parallel world the scientists were predicting a real catastrophic world in near future. The world with its consumer culture, being plagued with carefree people and ineffective and malicious politicians, was turning into a kebab on a stick faster than any fast food. So, I needed to create a symbolic and direct work about self-destruction, despair and absurdity of our actual society where an artist can burn the whole world and everybody applauds and laughs, but if I burn a national flag they want to lock me up in a jail.
Rabbits of opposition (2015)
Video, Stick, 3 Filmstills
Rabbits of Opposition In Cameroun, not far away from the capital Yaoundé, they are constructing a new highway. The hills are flattened, the woodland is cleared, the inhabitants that lived from fishing in the river near by are resettled. A lonely bush-hut remains in breezy hight, a family resisted against expropriation. The hut stays there as a memorial of opposition (like Michael Kohlhaas in the novel of Kleist) against the destruction of environment and climate.
There are no saints in this story (2020)
The video work There are no saints in this story attempts to explore and challenge the visual language and aesthetics of the landscape painting The Saint Elizabeth’s Day Flood by the Master of the St Elizabeth Panels, c. 1490 – c. 1495. This is achieved through examining the current ecological and environmental crisis by focusing on a verity of natural and man-made disasters causing environmental degradation, such as: floods, drought, air and beach pollution, urbanization and the modern city. The work employs video footage in a surrealist approach, through a montage comprising of different scenes situated on a parallel timeline. Unlike a still image of a landscape, the video work requires a different type of attention from the viewer in order to follow the dynamics of time and motion, which provide a sense of depth to the scenery.
video, digital, HD
After years of drought, how does a city cope with rising sea levels? How does it survive the relentless storms and floodtides? “Taunting us, an illusion of normality… We have run out of options, we are battling for breath… ” Composited from hundreds of individual images, “floodtide” presents a disturbing view of a city in the near future irreparably impacted by climate change.
The last measurement (2006)
Collage, digital print
The photo collage “The last measurement” shows a photograph of a ship’s engine sinking into an overgrown pond like into a swamp. The displays of the measuring devices for critical operating parameters such as oil pressure and exhaust gas temperature are reflected compositionally in the blossoms of the pond plants. The measuring devices are intended to indicate the skills that have been acquired in the context of mechanization, also to quantify the effects of industrial processes. It would be a sad irony of fate if mankind at the highest level of analytical development disappeared into oblivion!
Digital Video, 4K, Furs, Ice
A group of furs is changing. Due to slow but steady warming, for many people Climate Change is hardly perceptible. Among other things, glaciers are shrinking due to global warming. Permafrost is thawing, soils are eroding. Living beings have to flee or become extinct because they are losing their habitats. My work «Felle» shows furs, soaked in water and then frozen, that change upon the effect of heat. Through the time lapse you can see this hardly noticeable transformation, the work makes change and vulnerability visible.
glass, soil / mirror
The object „Batagaika” is depicting the process of melting soil and glass into a lengthy organic surface. The applied soil derives from a ground sample from the Polar Research Center in Abisko, Sweden. The Object shows a visually seething structure on the surface, while the mirror reflects its more calm counter side. “Batagaika” is the name of a gigantic crater, which was suddenly discovered in the 60s close to the village of Batagay, northwest Siberia. Its origin is the continuous melting of permafrost, caused by global warming. The destabilization of the soil brings about a massive release of carbon dioxide and methane, hence creating underground explosions.
Study on No Cars Go (2020)
oil on canvas
The predominance of individual automobile traffic is one of the main drivers of planetary heating. Apsphalt gobbles up space in cities and swallows intact forests, such as the Dannenröder Forest. In the painting “Study on No Cars Go,” humans, raccoons, and crows, along with cows and pigs escaping from fattening plants and slaughterhouses, occupy a place dominated by car traffic. Traffic change and the abolition of animal industry, which are central to overcoming the climate crisis, are intertwined in this image. The climate crisis is the result of total domination of nature and animal exploitation. We need to develop a different relationship to nature and other animals and question who dominates which places and who is banished to which places, displaced, shot out or shot in. #reclaimthestreets
untitled (1996 & 2020)
26 / 5000 Übersetzungsergebnisse Analog photography C-print
A Beo casting a black shadow is sitting on a globe, the surface of which is no longer intact. Climate change – water scarcity – extinction of species – if man-made heating progresses, the probability of human extinction also increases. As a book, “One´s Own Bubble” reflects the possibility of breathing, of relating to oneself, of establishing a relationship with what really is and reality means..
Cool down Earth (2020)
Plastic, felt pen
That’s what it is all about: Reducing CO2 emissions in everyday life. The card fictionally records all of a person’s private CO2 emissions as one of many possible measures for carbon neutrality. The QR-code is an important part of the work and connects the card to the website www.naumann-cleve.de There you can find my vision of how CO2 reduction in everyday life can be regulated in a fair way in order to achieve carbon neutrality globally. The chip stores all private CO2 emissions. The launch edition includes 100 copies. When purchasing this card, first and last name as well as card number are customized accordingly. The card costs €50. 10% of the ticket price will be donated to the non-profit association Primaklima, which has been actively involved in climate protection since 1991 and plants trees to preserve and increase forests.
MOSCHBERG – Pictures from the Future (2016)
Graphic Novel (Drawing), Video
Stopping climate change means changing your life. Here is a small town in Westfalia, before and after. The inhabitants have changed their town into a living and pleasant place to live. MOSCHBERG shows how it looks like and how it feels to live in a transition town. You learn about many things you can do and how beautiful and full of life it is. With Leo and Mona you experience what is fun about ecologic change, but also, what are the difficult parts – and how it can succeed when minds and societies change.
Homeless turtle (2020)
Acrylic on canvas
What does it mean to have a home and what does it mean to start searching for a new home? Climatic conditions have always ensured that animals and people have to leave their familiar environment. Most of humanity has settled down. Moving is a very inconvenient thing to do, especially when you are forced to do so. It means to be almost defenseless for this moment. Changes are a natural part of life, but they can also occur so quickly that flora and fauna cannot adapt to it. The massive human intervention in nature will be the cause of great changes. How quickly and how strong they occur is up to us. Be prepared, because it has started already!
A rugged coastline, an exanimate body in the sand: Few intense shots orchestrate a ‘nature morte’. Blowflies in close-up view sparkle like gems. Their bustling movements across nostrils and teeth dominate the scene for quite a while until the flood approaches and a tenacious struggle with the heavy carcass begins. The video is an elegiac exploration of the interplay between sea and death. Made at a time when floods become more frequent and sea levels rise, the film uses haunting, slowly developing images in order to point out that human beings are at nature’s mercy – an elementary fact that even high tech can’t undo.
Stay on the ground! (2020)
Travelling is great. Everyone loves it. But we have to think about it. Air travel is a major contributor to the climate crisis. This boardcase is a symbol of air travel. Its material and the damaged reel counteract its original purpose, it has “feet of clay”. Everyone can contribute to improving the climate by consciously reducing such trips. So that we can manage to limit global warming to below 1.5°C.
AGREEMENT ARE IMPORTANT BUT AGREEMENT ARE NOT IMPORTANT (2020)
Prints, Glass frames, Jalousie
This work is about non-compliance with the terms of the signed Paris agreement. According to it, it is necessary to reduce CO2 emissions, which many countries do not. These two windows act as triggers for those who ignore the convention. You want to look out the window, but your signature and your business are torturing you. Most governments still live by Louis 15 rule “Après nous le déluge” (After us the deluge). It is interactive work that you can interact with. It simulates two windows that are curtained with blinds. When the blinds are lifted, a person becomes familiar with the content of the work. But jalousie always must be curtained. Each person should raise the curtain and not see the result immediately.
T+U vol. V. ICE (2018)
fanzine, digital print on paper, 1st edition of 150 copies
The fifth volume of the T+U cultural theory zine entitled ICE aims to describe our contemporary techno-cultural conditions by exploring the semantic ecology of certain thermodynamic metaphors relating to cooling, freezing, ice-formation, crystallization, and, obversely, warming and melting. This metaphorological examination also refers to Arnold Gehlen who, in his text entitled On Cultural Crystallization, claims that we have arrived at a posthistorical era where modern culture has passed into a crystalline state. The vision of frozen history refers to a new cultural Ice Age where the production of goods stops while every previous form of knowledge is hibernated. However, within the heart of this frozen post-historical deceleration, fatal forms of acceleration are also proliferating.
#2 Degree Celsius (2020)
Sugarlift Aquatint Etching – 1 Colour plate – Edition: 10
Biologist David George Haskell writes, ‘We are all – trees, humans, insects,birds,bacteria – pluralities. Life is embodied network. These living networks are not places of omnibenevolent oneness. Instead they are where ecological and evolutionary tensions between cooperation and conflict are negotiated and resolved. My Etching Edition ‘#2 Degree Celcius’,is inspired by Haskells suggestion, and it responds to current scientific secondary research, around increased global temperatures, adversely affected by human activity, which includes burning Fossil fuels, that is adding to global greenhouse – gas emissions. We are already at 2 degrees celcius, and we are seeing more frequent and intense wildfires, droughts, and storms, across the world. The Etching process used reflects the tension between co-operation and conflict, between the etching grounds, combined with acid and heat.
THE SELF-MADE TRAP by Sylvia Toy: 12 – tick tick tick (2020)
Video (Human, plastic, lipstick)
This video is number 12 in a series of video performances / actions protesting plastic pollution, THE SELF-MADE TRAP by Sylvia Toy. We need to ¡¡¡STOP!!! USING PLASTIC because: #1 Plastic is made from fossil fuels, our killer addiction; #2 Plastic is going to suffocate us, Humans, and kill us like it is killing the oceans.
One Point Five (2020)
Music and video art contribution made up of: • the intuition of an opera singer; • the creativity of a composer; • the knowledge of an audio technician; • the visions of a video artist.
One Point Five (the goal set by the Paris Convention to limit the greenhouse effect) is the attempt of a musical translation of the drama lived by the contemporary man, inserted within an environment reacting to all those actions in the name of progress, the results of which are visible to us. Each vocal gesture of the musical piece, specifically composed for this occasion, corresponds to another which reacts to the first, lasts over time and which helps to change the sound environment in which it is immersed. This creates a saturation, both from an acoustic and a visual point of view, which becomes unsustainable and can only pulverize itself in the void of a desperate cry: «It’s a disaster», the peremptory sentence by George Monbiot reported in the famous article “Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments”, appeared in The Guardian of 12th December 2015.
GAME OVER (2020)
Ready-made, Plastic, Paper
“Game Over” I found an old monopoly game in a trash bin in Berlin. I subjected it to a heat treatment. The game that we have been playing for so many years is slowly coming to an end, we are already seeing the symptoms. Higher temperature is one of them. Nevertheless, we play it all the time until one day the board becomes useless and we end up in the dustbin of history with it.
Since the Corona crisis still requires restrictions, we will adjust the exhibition organization and the program accordingly. We are planning analog and digital. Exhibition in our gallery will open after lockdown. To participate online please go to here. We will show online after opening an annotated video tour and the works.
Opening: Jan. 15, 2021, 7 pm: online Video and online gallery
Artists talk: Feb. 5, 2021, 7 pm, online for artists of the exhibitition and guests by a jitsylink we show here.
Lecture in German “Achieving the 1.5° Climate Goal. Transformation in Germany, Role of Art”, Steffen Krenzer (Co-Author Handbook Climate Protection (DE), Environmental Psychologist) Feb. 12, 7 p.m.
Finissage: Reading Astrid Raimann Mar. 12, 2021, 7 pm
Place: 10999 Berlin, Leuschnerdamm 19
Jury and curators: Team GG3