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Please find here the approved applications to the Social Art Award 2021 – New Greening. The open call was closed on 1 May.

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Bahnhof #4; Apocalypse Antidote - Vertical Diptych
by Chris1946
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Title:
Bahnhof #4; Apocalypse Antidote - Vertical Diptych

Author:
Chris1946

Description:
The Bahnhof series takes inspiration from Zurich Bahnhof, threatened as it was in 2005 with flooding from changing rainfall due to climate. Inspiring the idea that citizens of Zurich could be submerged under water. In a future reality in which they encounter the world of fish. A further series will feature Berlin Museumsinsel. Invoking the idea of Berlin and art heritage threatened with flooding from the North Sea, when citizens of Berlin could also meet water and fish. A third will feature Bremerhaven, and the Alfred Wegener Institute. Not to represent the scientific plausibility or otherwise of cities under water but the social impact on fishing communities around the globe, which all will be affected by changing climate and rising seas. Which will affect in turn the food and water sustenance that the seas give to citizens of Berlin, Zurich and elsewhere. Triptych versions of these works incorporate the words of Swiss Poet Robert Fred, whose poems are his response to my paintings - inspired as they are by my poetry word sketch. Poems incorporated in French, German, English or whatever language is required, to cross boundaries of understanding. Because changing climate or Covid cross such boundaries, having no respect for identity markers, national or otherwise. Robert appeals to the conscience of the reader, stimulating the will to act better and consequently engage to a commitment. Emotion makes the road on which the artistic approach cooperates. I invite not just architects, scientists and urban planners but artists, from printmaking, video and puppet theatre, to collaborate with myself and Fred in developing Project Fish. Catalysing social art, made not just by artists but citizens. Working from the starting point of my paintings to translate imagery into other mediums, making narrative and metaphor for compelling ideas, concepts, practice and visions of coexistence. In the field of art initiatives the words “Art”, “Climate” and “Science” place emphasis on these terms in differing contexts. There can be a bias to “Art” which may actually be expanded to include craft; art is about saying something to the viewer / audience. The bias can be to “Climate”, which often is related to the condition of air, sea or land through the art. A bias to “Science” often has a technology or number focus. When science is joined to climate to make “climate science,” the focus expands discussion to resource saving, environmental protection, ecosystem recovery, water conservation, biodiversity, resilient cities, the weather, chemistry (including plastics), carbon, biology, pollution, non-human nature or other factors, and their impact on the human condition. Bringing together art and climate in the context of communities of people something can be said about the human condition. The EU has initiatives such as MAREBOX (emphasising art plus sub-marine archeology and the technology of big data), as well as STARTS (emphasising digital technology plus art) and variously there are other formats. Away from STARTS there are such as OneEarth (emphasis on market place), SeaLegacy (emphasis on photography and oceans), Blue Communities and many others. The range is considerable, even without considering the historical origins of Land Art, the RSA Art and Ecology (2005-2009) project and the influence of Norwegian Arne Næss on the ecology movement. In any event each initiative adopts bias of various form, to say nothing or something, through art or without it, inventing its own wheel. A wheel that sometimes ignores citizens, which this project does not. Climate changed oceans impact the personal lives of citizens, of their children, and the generations to come. Citizens need to engage with this issue. Not just in fishing communities by the sea but in cities of the world away from the sea shore, cities with rivers and lakes. The issue is survival. Not of abstract names on family trees but of real people, in the face of nature altering seas, affecting fishing and the sustenance of water and food that people draw from the ocean. How do art collaborations, responding to the ocean crisis which shapes our long-term future, help overcome the secondary crisis that is the lack of engagement, not of scientists or artists, but of citizens, with both the cultural issues to hand from the ocean crisis and the environmental issues that cause these problems? Understanding how to help turn these challenges into a chance for change in the motivation and education of citizens, in the UN Decade of the Oceans 2021-30. Project Fish hopes to find some answers. Project Fish: Science, Art, Action connects participants digitally, working alongside old communities and creating new ones. Bringing together science, art and citizens to communicate visually in new ways. For mutual support, the sharing of knowledge, education, outreach and the motivation of action by citizens, creating impact and dialogue for citizens, within and between communities and with organisations. Project Fish intends impact, based on building a digital infrastructure. Connecting with marine communications as well as immersive digital art technology. Which unfolds in virtual, on line, on land and aboard ship locations. Local public engagement with Project Fish is essential as is world wide interaction. Discovering new ways to communicate about the human condition, climate and seas, in visual art’s Lingua Franca, accessed by citizens, 24 by 7, anywhere. Using traditional painting as a medium and then intervening with poetry, video, performance, puppet theatre as well as new digital and other art media. Encouraging citizens of the world to be involved, growing from the ground up. With citizens freely engaging in collective efforts, sharing data, creating big data and information, blogging and engaging constructively with climate policy regarding oceans. Project Fish unites citizens with ideas about the impact on personal lives, to understand the challenges of our time from the impact of nature, whether changing climate of Covid, on personal lives, whether ours, our children’s or their children. To effectively realise lasting change to citizen engagement with the issues to hand and deliver impact at scale, which is global. There is an opportunity to discuss our understanding of wellbeing – of both humans and fish. Hoping that humanity can solve complex global problems faced today with openness, inclusiveness, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve living in the “New Greening“ world. Through Project Fish intangible parts of the conversation are showcased, mutual ideas supported, and we gain a holistic view of intentions to share. Anchoring for future conversations, an open-minded, regenerative world and sculpting a demanding, truthful commitment to it, by citizens. Invigorating the rise of social art, with citizens creating impact and inspiring change. With action-oriented participatory projects, not just for artists and cultural actors but drawing from a wider field relevant to the field of social art. Project Fish encapsulates such action, insisting that art is not detached from the private lives of citizens by inhabiting only an art, science or some other bubble.
Description:
The Bahnhof series takes inspiration from Zurich Bahnhof, threatened as it was in 2005 with flooding from changing rainfall due to climate. Inspiring the idea that citizens of Zurich could be submerged under water. In a future reality in which they encounter the world of fish. A further series will feature Berlin Museumsinsel. Invoking the idea of Berlin and art heritage threatened with flooding from the North Sea, when citizens of Berlin could also meet water and fish. A third will feature Bremerhaven, and the Alfred Wegener Institute. Not to represent the scientific plausibility or otherwise of cities under water but the social impact on fishing communities around the globe, which all will be affected by changing climate and rising seas. Which will affect in turn the food and water sustenance that the seas give to citizens of Berlin, Zurich and elsewhere. Triptych versions of these works incorporate the words of Swiss Poet Robert Fred, whose poems are his response to my paintings - inspired as they are by my poetry word sketch. Poems incorporated in French, German, English or whatever language is required, to cross boundaries of understanding. Because changing climate or Covid cross such boundaries, having no respect for identity markers, national or otherwise. Robert appeals to the conscience of the reader, stimulating the will to act better and consequently engage to a commitment. Emotion makes the road on which the artistic approach cooperates. I invite not just architects, scientists and urban planners but artists, from printmaking, video and puppet theatre, to collaborate with myself and Fred in developing Project Fish. Catalysing social art, made not just by artists but citizens. Working from the starting point of my paintings to translate imagery into other mediums, making narrative and metaphor for compelling ideas, concepts, practice and visions of coexistence. In the field of art initiatives the words “Art”, “Climate” and “Science” place emphasis on these terms in differing contexts. There can be a bias to “Art” which may actually be expanded to include craft; art is about saying something to the viewer / audience. The bias can be to “Climate”, which often is related to the condition of air, sea or land through the art. A bias to “Science” often has a technology or number focus. When science is joined to climate to make “climate science,” the focus expands discussion to resource saving, environmental protection, ecosystem recovery, water conservation, biodiversity, resilient cities, the weather, chemistry (including plastics), carbon, biology, pollution, non-human nature or other factors, and their impact on the human condition. Bringing together art and climate in the context of communities of people something can be said about the human condition. The EU has initiatives such as MAREBOX (emphasising art plus sub-marine archeology and the technology of big data), as well as STARTS (emphasising digital technology plus art) and variously there are other formats. Away from STARTS there are such as OneEarth (emphasis on market place), SeaLegacy (emphasis on photography and oceans), Blue Communities and many others. The range is considerable, even without considering the historical origins of Land Art, the RSA Art and Ecology (2005-2009) project and the influence of Norwegian Arne Næss on the ecology movement. In any event each initiative adopts bias of various form, to say nothing or something, through art or without it, inventing its own wheel. A wheel that sometimes ignores citizens, which this project does not. Climate changed oceans impact the personal lives of citizens, of their children, and the generations to come. Citizens need to engage with this issue. Not just in fishing communities by the sea but in cities of the world away from the sea shore, cities with rivers and lakes. The issue is survival. Not of abstract names on family trees but of real people, in the face of nature altering seas, affecting fishing and the sustenance of water and food that people draw from the ocean. How do art collaborations, responding to the ocean crisis which shapes our long-term future, help overcome the secondary crisis that is the lack of engagement, not of scientists or artists, but of citizens, with both the cultural issues to hand from the ocean crisis and the environmental issues that cause these problems? Understanding how to help turn these challenges into a chance for change in the motivation and education of citizens, in the UN Decade of the Oceans 2021-30. Project Fish hopes to find some answers. Project Fish: Science, Art, Action connects participants digitally, working alongside old communities and creating new ones. Bringing together science, art and citizens to communicate visually in new ways. For mutual support, the sharing of knowledge, education, outreach and the motivation of action by citizens, creating impact and dialogue for citizens, within and between communities and with organisations. Project Fish intends impact, based on building a digital infrastructure. Connecting with marine communications as well as immersive digital art technology. Which unfolds in virtual, on line, on land and aboard ship locations. Local public engagement with Project Fish is essential as is world wide interaction. Discovering new ways to communicate about the human condition, climate and seas, in visual art’s Lingua Franca, accessed by citizens, 24 by 7, anywhere. Using traditional painting as a medium and then intervening with poetry, video, performance, puppet theatre as well as new digital and other art media. Encouraging citizens of the world to be involved, growing from the ground up. With citizens freely engaging in collective efforts, sharing data, creating big data and information, blogging and engaging constructively with climate policy regarding oceans. Project Fish unites citizens with ideas about the impact on personal lives, to understand the challenges of our time from the impact of nature, whether changing climate of Covid, on personal lives, whether ours, our children’s or their children. To effectively realise lasting change to citizen engagement with the issues to hand and deliver impact at scale, which is global. There is an opportunity to discuss our understanding of wellbeing – of both humans and fish. Hoping that humanity can solve complex global problems faced today with openness, inclusiveness, and interdisciplinary collaboration to achieve living in the “New Greening“ world. Through Project Fish intangible parts of the conversation are showcased, mutual ideas supported, and we gain a holistic view of intentions to share. Anchoring for future conversations, an open-minded, regenerative world and sculpting a demanding, truthful commitment to it, by citizens. Invigorating the rise of social art, with citizens creating impact and inspiring change. With action-oriented participatory projects, not just for artists and cultural actors but drawing from a wider field relevant to the field of social art. Project Fish encapsulates such action, insisting that art is not detached from the private lives of citizens by inhabiting only an art, science or some other bubble.

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