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›Neighbourhood Academy‹: Licht Luft Scheiße [Light Air Shit]. Perspectives on Ecology and ModernitySunday, 23 June 2019 — Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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Organized by: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg, neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK)
Nachbarschaftsakademie [Neighbourhood Academy] at the Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg
The global ecological crisis and its social repercussions raise questions also about new forms of education. Which kind of future are we learning for – a future in which we share the responsibility for life on this planet or a future of accelerated destruction? In 2015 the ›Nachbarschaftsakademie‹ began experimenting with self-organised forms of learning, between activism and art. In summer 2019, under the title »Growing From the Ruins of Modernity«, a curriculum for a permanent place of life-long learning will be developed – for the next 99 years – at the community garden in Kreuzberg. Learning, in our book, means contributing collectively and joyfully to forms of co-existence in which human beings and the biosphere are not exploited.
With: Mojisola Adebayo, bankleer, Julia Bar-Tal, Elisa T. Bertuzzo, Brett Bloom & Bonnie Fortune, Luca Bogoni, Elizabeth Calderón Lüning, Marco Clausen, Commons-Abendschule, Paula Gioia, Ekhart Hahn, Guy Hazwi, Naomi Hennig, Marc Herbst, Nicolas Humbert, Initiative Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg, Hagit Keysar, Marion Louisgrand Sylla, Jumana Manna, Barbara Marcel, Kerstin Meyer, Sabine Meyer, Camila Nóbrega, Klaus G. Otto, Jan Rolletschek, Hans Rombach, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Blanka Stolz, Studiengruppe des Instituts für Kunst im Kontext an der UdK (Marisa Benjamim, Wen-Ling Chung, Marcos Garcia Pérez, Moritz Gramming, Daniela Zambrano Almidon, supervised by Claudia Hummel), Michelle Teran, Yvonne Volkart, Werner Wiartalla, Nicole Wolf, Florian Wüst
Other project venues:
> Botanisches Museum Berlin
> neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
»Licht Luft Scheiße [Light Air Shit]. Perspectives on Ecology and Modernity« proposes a diverse series of twentieth-century concepts and practices that resonate with our current ideas of sustainability. They are both historical references and points of departure for novel or updated reflections on alternative ways of living in the globalised world. In light of the on-going destruction of Planet Earth we must fundamentally rethink our relationship to the biosphere and all non-human beings.
The ecological question is nothing new. In response to industrial growth and sprawling urbanisation under capitalism, numerous ›reform movements‹ were launched over a hundred years ago: from cooperative housing associations to anarcho-syndicalist settlements, from self-sufficient urban gardening to ecological agriculture, to concepts for recycling waste. These innovations were based in part on pre-modern knowledge and their significance came more clearly to the fore during the economic and social crises that followed on the First World War. They mirror not only a systematic appreciation of the interplay of human beings and the environment, of nature and technology, but also people’s growing awareness at the time, of the fact that the modern age carries within it the seeds of its own destruction. Too, the Bauhaus, although its architectural programme was far removed from ecological concerns, remained intently preoccupied with the relation of bio-philosophy to functionalism, pursuing a design practice informed by natural structures and processes.
The project’s two-year research phase culminates now in two exhibitions combining contemporary art production and archive material, and a parallel independent programme of education and outreach. These three aspects of the project, along with a number of complementary events and publications, address the past and present of the ecology movement, socio-ecological urban development, garden culture and plant and soil research.
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The project is a joint production of: Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum der Freien Universität Berlin (BGBM), Martin-Elsaesser-Stiftung, Nachbarschaftsakademie im Prinzessinnengarten Kreuzberg and neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst (nGbK).
Artistic directors: Sandra Bartoli, Marco Clausen, Silvan Linden, Åsa Sonjasdotter, Florian Wüst (nGbK project group) Kathrin Grotz, Patricia Rahemipour (BGBM)
Funded by the Bauhaus heute Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation