Fossil Addiction

Fossil Addiction
Artists and experts examine our addiction-led unwillingness to recognize our dependence on fossil fuels.

January 10 –  March 6, 2020, Fridays 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Exhibition, dialogues, performance, workshop
Fine art prints, videos, installations, collage, painting, objects

Night and Day, (C) Jörn Birkholz, Stephan Groß, Fossile Sucht

Night and Day, (C) Jörn Birkholz, Stephan Groß

The exploitation of fossil fuels has allowed us the dream of flying, the freedom of the open road, a consume-craze, a plastic wonderland, and a comfortable warm apartment. Our use of petroleum, heating oil, natural gas can also be seen as a drug problem.

We use this state-sanctioned fossil drug with all its side effects of CO2 and environmental destruction. Coming clean from this drug causes withdrawal symptoms and all the irrationalities that go along with them. One need only look at the reader’s comments about ideas for a speed limit of 30km/h in the city or 130km/h on the highway. A recognition of the disease is lacking – rational reasoning gives way to addiction-led blindness.

Deatailed text: What is fossil addiction?

Dining table, (C) M. Schnauss Fossil addiction

Dining table, (C) M. Schnauss

Men with oil tanks (C) Tom Albrecht Fossil addiction

Men with oil tanks (C) Tom Albrecht

Artists show their critical contributions to “Fossil Addiction”

How do artists see our fossil addiction and its therapy? How do we recognize the addiction? Where does it show itself? How could withdrawal therapy for citizens and the state look? We would like to explore answers to these questions.

Tom Albrecht, Jörn Birkholz, Stephan Groß, Marina Camargo, Björn Fischer/Elisabeth-Marie Leistikow/Richard Millig/Maren Schwier, Maria Korporal, Merav Leibkuechler, Steph Marx, Christoph Medicus, Jasmin Odendahl, Katja Struif

Fossil Addiction Program

Vernissage  Friday, January 10, 2020, 7 p.m.

Exhibition Friday, January 17.1., 5-8 p.m.: The Artist Steph Marx is present

Artists’ Talk  Friday, January 24, 7 p.m.  Artists of the exhibition present their works to the guests.

Workshop Talk  Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. with the addiction specialists
Prof. Dr. med. Tom Bschor, chief physician of the Schlossparkklinik and
Prof. Dr. Hermann E. Ott, ClientEarth – Lawyers of the Earth, former climate researcher at the Wuppertal Institute:
“How do we recognize the addiction to fossil fuels among citizens and the state?
Is there a recognition of the disease?
What could withdrawal therapy look like for citizens and the state?”
The two experts discuss answers and solutions in a public discussion. Moderated by Tom Albrecht

Second Workshop  Friday, February 7,  7 p.m.  How can artists reduce their ecological footprint? The topic is their everyday practice, the choice of their materials, their travel and transport. Moderation by Tom Albrecht (in German).

Exhibition Friday, February 14, 5-8 p.m. The Artist Marina Camaro is present

Exhibition Friday, February 21, 5-8 p.m.

Exhibition Friday, February 28, 5-8 p.m.

Finissage Friday, March 6,  7 p.m. Performance: “Paradise now: The last one turns off the light” with Björn Fischer / Elisabeth-Marie Leistikow / Richard Millig / Maren Schwier.
60 min., Stage, chairs are available.

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