Woman on Grass bench, (C) TA Transformation

Woman on Grass bench, (C) TA

The international artists take a stand on this complex topic in the exhibition “Transformation” in various ways with 13 art works. The artist Tom Albrecht, points in his object thematically to the urgent change to renewable energies. Jana Charl, with her artistic work made of collected materials, also wants to stimulate a rethinking to use other energy sources.

Mariel Gottwick documents with her photographs a transformation of an “automotive species” that becomes part of the landscape through the influence of nature itself. Here, however, the curious and unimaginable thing is that this means of transportation is more likely to become a dying species in the future. Petra Lehnardt-Olm also works with the medium of photography and addresses the contrast to the old Wilhelminian industry with the electric car, in that the old is reflected in the new. But what comes after that? In Stephan Groß’s collage, too, one sees a van that has been involved in a traffic accident. Here he builds a pictorial connection with a university event that refers to essays by the British economist E.F. Schumacher from the seventies and suggests how the thinking “bigger is better” could be changed. Maria Korporal also refers to literature by taking the phrase “Whoever wants the world to remain as it is, does not want it to remain” by Austrian poet Erich Fried and integrating it into her video art. In doing so, she specifically addresses the change that humanity must make in order to stop the advancing climate crisis.

The participatory project and sustainable fashion label STREETWARE saved item implements the exhibition theme in an installation. They stage their collected clothes from the streets of Berlin and make their street shopping experience with a clothes horse and second-hand clothes draped on it. In this way, they combine new fashions of sustainability with questions about (their own) identity. Alexa Helbig-Tewes also works in a space-related manner. She fills the floor with about 1000 mushrooms and thus addresses a collective trauma of destruction, which is supposed to heal gradually. The work of María X. Fernández is a legal encyclopedia that confronts human law with natural law, which finally absorbs it and transforms it into a fragment of a petrified tribe.

Jila Svicevic also wants to give something to the collective well-being, adding to the environment with an artistic workshop with guests, a sculpture as a seed bomb that will positively influence ecosystems and promote sustainability. Marina Resende + Graham Livingston install a garden in the exhibition space, which at the same time should offset the CO2 product of a server standing next to it and asks questions about politics and economics.

For the video artist duo Lilia Limiyan and Katherina Sadovsky, the transformation of the world has already progressed so far that there is nothing left but for humans to form physical transformations in order to survive in the future. Now the posthuman determines the world. But so that it does not come to this scenario, the two artists Tom Albrecht and Stephan Groß perform a speech and sound – performance at the opening of the exhibition “Transformation”, according to which people should “get off their asses” and move forward to a sustainable transformation.

TRANSFORMATION to the Good Life

Group Global 3000 is preparing two visions for 2022 in the exhibitions “Transformation” and “The Good Life”.

1 April – 20 May, 2022 we begin with the exhibition “Transformation” and did call  international  artists to send us applications.The euphoria regarding technological progress is over. We see that unlimited growth does not fit to a limited earth.  We are already experiencing the first responses from the natural world.  The dream of endless growth is coming to an end and at best will lead to transformation.

By transformation, we mean the process that leads globally to a good life for people and sustainable use of natural resources. We see social and cultural change as feasible, because we have the economic, technical, and scientific prerequisites. Yet this life is difficult to imagine for most people. Convention stands in the way of transformation.

We want to illustrate the picture of the good life in the future. A framework has been sketched out by economists and natural scientists: Sufficiency reduces production and consumption, efficiency uses material and energy more productively, and consistency includes nature-friendly material cycles, recycling and waste avoidance. The value of nature appears in the overall economic balance sheets. The gap between rich and poor is closed. The economy is transforming into one of post-growth. We live in a way that is fit for our grandchildren.

The vision of social change and a sustainable and good life gives strength for the way there. Thus, transformation is also an aesthetic project. The necessary changes require the creativity of the entire society. The potential of art lies precisely in opening up new spaces for thoughts and making transformation imaginable.