MUDDY, DIRTY, WET

International conference on artistic strategies to support endangered waters

Watch the video of the conference in ENGLISH here.

Session 1 – The intersection of water, politics, economy, and art / Renaturation of nature

Session 2 – Political approaches

 

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Sesión 1 – La intersección del agua, la política, la economía y el arte / Renaturalización de la naturaleza

Sesión 2 – Enfoques políticos

Problematic

The roughly ten thousand year old lake Schäfersee in Berlin-Reinickendorf, measuring approximately 4.5 hectares, is used as a natural rainwater collecting basin. The formerly rich ecosystem of the lake has been severely damaged over the last century due to its integration into Berlin’s drainage network. The lake is 7 metres deep but is biologically dead from a depth of 2.5 metres, where around 70,000 cubic metres of toxic sludge are stored (increasing by 200 tonnes annually).

Currently there is no prospect of dealing with the expanding foreign substance. Can art help find a solution for coping with this issue? How can a digital platform make the extent of the underground sludge visible, and enable concrete participation? The contaminant in Schäfersee is still terra incognita in Berlin’s subsurface.

Project

In view of the environmental problems of the lake, the participatory art project “Schlammig, Dreckig, Nass” was initiated to find alternatives for the conservation of the lake. The project has an interdisciplinary as well as a transnational character. Together with local and international actors (neighbours, artists, scientists) and initiatives, the remaining level of vitality and the possibilities for restoration of the lake were examined. The results of this discussion are conveyed in the form of artistic interventions and an art walk in the public space around the Schäfersee.

In phase 1 of the project in September 2021, various content-related approaches to the problem took place in an artistic workshop with interested parties and experts. As a result, several artistic interventions were planned for the lake area. The interventions at the specific location are an opportunity to promote the networking of a local and global artistic community of actors who develop and implement innovative action models to improve the situation of the waterways in the city.

In phase 2 of the project in February 2022, a digital conference presents networks and international art projects that deal with the protection of threatened waters. With which artistic strategies and in which form of collaboration do the different project groups work? What problems and difficulties do we encounter internationally? And what contribution can art make to the ecological protection of waters?

The project was initiated by Citizen Art Days e. V. (Oscar Ardila, Stefan Krüskemper, Kerstin Polzin), an association providing a platform that brings citizens, artists and urban actors together in order to address specific common problems using artistic strategies.

Citizens’ initiative

During the first phase of Schalmig, Dreckig, Nass we worked together with the Schäfersee project group, which is an important actor that has addressed the environmental issues of the lake. The Schäfersee project group was formed in April 2016 and consists of NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union Germany) members and residents of the Schäfersee. The aim of the group is consistent nature conservation and protecting the lake from toxic street sewage.

Workshop

SCHLAMMIG DRECKIG NASS is a multi-day workshop towards a political artistic culture, incorporating on-site actions to create participatory formats for restoring endangered urban biospheres. During three days in September 2021, some workshops on Lake Schäfersee were held. Site specific interventions were sketched in order to provide occasions to facilitate a network between local and global artistic communities and actors. These researched and developed strategies of implementing innovative action models to improve the condition of the city’s waters.

Description

The workshop SCHLAMMIG DRECKIG NASS took place from September 9th-21st 2021 at the Projektraum M5 and around the Schäfersee in Berlin-Reinickendorf. Interested members of the public and experts explored various approaches to the problems pertaining to the lake’s sensitive ecosystem, as well as its living and recreational space. Ideas emerged for art events in the public space of the park, as well as interventions for the lake. Parting from the idea of human influence on nature, several representations were designed in the form of action models, as approaches or concrete activities. The models form the basis for the realisation of future life, representing the renaturation of the lake.

Report

At the beginning on Thursday, September 9th, 2021, the working meeting started with a walk around the Schäfersee. The starting point was the promenade at the family and district center “Haus am See”

Carmen Schiemann – The director of the Initiative Schäfersee e.V. reported about the change of everyday life in the park over the last hundred years, during wartime, and the increasing changes due to the increasing use of green areas by park visitors, as well as the progressive loss of flora and fauna.

Workshop with Andrea Acosta (born in Bogotá, lives and works in Berlin. Her interdisciplinary work combines field research with sculpture, photography and drawing. In a process-based practice, she examines established ideas of nature and landscape and their relationship to constructed spaces. In doing so, she reflects the constant transformation of matter, gaze and territories.)

On Friday, participants presented their specific artistic research approaches. Afterwards, a BWB (Berlin Water Company) staff member gave a presentation, followed by a discussion with the BWB’s press officer on the condition of the Schäfersee’s inlet and outlet pipes, and comprehensive planning as part of a development concept for the water bodies in the mixed sewage zone of Berlin. Andrea Acosta taught producing clay bricks using mud from Schäfersee. Anja Schoeller invited participants to a council meeting.

Saturday provided space for a design thinking process facilitated by Dorothee Quentin. A number of ideas emerged that could permanently change the relationship with the lake. In his presentation, biologist Juan Pablo Díaz showed how the smallest living organisms of the lake can be made visible under the microscope, the significance they have for water quality, as well as the possibilities of using flora and fauna as multipliers. At the end of the design thinking process, three areas of focus emerged from the ideas and action models: healing and purification of the space, performative interventions to explore spaces, as well as new perspectives inside and around the lake, and finally relaxation and recreation in the context of artistic happenings.

On Sunday, Anton Kulmus and Emil Nolde, who have been involved in activities for the Schäfersee for a long time, joined a brunch which offered room for exchanging the outcomes thus far. This was followed by a political discussion, where information gathered in the workshop was leading to a joint conclusion. Around noon, numerous guests arrived for the Artwalk, where the interim results of the workshop were presented to a broader public during a tour around the lake. Finally, everyone was invited to a closing round in the M5 project room.

Artist interviews

Videos coming soon

Artwalk

Photo and documentation

Participants Phase 1

Andrea Acosta

Andrea Acosta, born in Bogotá, lives and works in Berlin. Her interdisciplinary work combines field work with sculpture, photography and drawings. In a practice based on processes she explores established ideas of nature and landscapes as well as their relationship to constructed spaces. While doing so, she reflects the constant transformation of material, gaze and territories.

Doro Quentin

Dorothee Quentin, born in Göttingen 1984, Dipl. Ing. Landscape and open space planning, since 2018 researcher at the University of Kassel; worked abroad in Wuhan, China 2008, HB Stiftung Addis Abeba, Ethiopia 2011-12 & 2012-18. Freelance work in Bangalore (India), Munich & Berlin (Germany), Riad (Saudi Arabia). Research focus: environmental technology (incl. recycling), hydraulic engineering, water management.

Anja Schoeller

Anja Schoeller lives in Fürth (Bavaria). Dipl. Communication Design 1997, Dipl. Art and public space 2007, participatory integrative projects. She develops forms of action and platforms for dialogue on historical and ecological topics. This creates intersections between societal and social spaces in national and international projects.

Projektgruppe Schäfersee

»Our Schäfersee is a living space for many animals and is a recreational area for the residents of Reinickendorf and Wedding.« The Schäfersee project group was formed in April 2016 after the event »60 years of bird watching at Schäfersee« and consists of NABU members and residents of the Schäfersee. The aim of the group is consistent nature conservation and protecting the lake from toxic street sewage.

TIER (Benjamin Busch; Lorenzo Sandoval)

The Institute for Endotic Research (TIER) founded in 2015, brings together different practises, namely architecture, art, mediation and curation, to foster a transdisciplinary approach. Its experimental programme has been composed of series of workshops, seminars, and public events to act as a support-structure, articulating collaborations with architects, scientists, artists, choreographers, philosophers, curators, chefs, and others.

Ideas for the lake

Mozilla hub coming soon

Conference

MUDDY, DIRTY, WET
International conference on artistic strategies to support endangered waters
February 12th and 13th 2022

In February 2022, a digital conference presents and networks international art projects that deal with the protection of threatened waters. Around three central themes, questions will be addressed such as: With which artistic strategies and in which form of collaboration do the different project groups work? What problems and difficulties do we encounter internationally? And what contribution can art make to the ecological protection of waters?

Topics:

The intersection of water, politics, economy and art.
In many places the alarming impression arises that the growing dynamic of strain on natural cycles faces stagnating planning policies paired with economic exploitation of sources (waters, soil, income from water usage). Citizens are excluded from the decision-making process. Citizens’ initiatives, activists and environmental associations are not included in the processes of participation. Tried and tested pioneer projects end up in drawers, and old structures of urban water management erode without meaningful realisation of already thought-out, discussed and promised paradigm changes. Individual examples repeatedly make evident that alerting the public in connection with artistic projects increases the pressure on the decision-making organs, setting renewal processes in motion. It is therefore vital to strengthen the role of democratic creative participatory processes to innovatively rethink coexistence in the city. All residents and living beings inhabiting natural and urban spaces should be able to experience these as their own in a positive sense. Crises need to be overcome by finding and implementing joint solutions.

Renaturation of nature.
We often have an inaccurate idea of how our cities’ water bodies function, and how they should be cared for. In a park – designed to be a perfectly crafted garden with trees, fountains and swans – it is very easy to confuse the almost idyllic experience of standing by a river or lake with an intervention in balance with the ecosystem. Beneath the surface of the water we do not see the effects of pollution and large-scale water mismanagement, such as immense layers of toxic sludge developing, and bodies of water shrinking. For this reason, some artists and communities globally have taken it upon themselves to raise these invisible aspects to the surface. They personalise and reinterpret the way we see our relationship with nature. They have reflected on landscape as a cultural construct, and have outlined alternative sustainable, appropriate and reciprocal relationships with nature. The restoration of nature consists then in making us aware of the purely ecological aspects in accordance with the purely aesthetic experiences of bodies of water.

Political approaches
Projects with a political focus and artistic strategies rely on the achievement of specific goals. The exciting interplay of both artistic and political-activism strategies, provides potential for new approaches. Activism and art merge in a common goal. But from a global perspective, political action in some regions of the world implies great dangers for artists. In this context, numerous new forms of organisation and expression have emerged. The natural world’s rights, or demands for the abolition of unjust laws are possible topics.

Session 1

Saturday February 12th

14.30 CET - Berlin time
WELCOME
Citizen Art Days (Oscar Ardila, Stefan Krüskemper, Kerstin Polzin)
Berlin, Germany
14.40 CET - Berlin time
SCHLAMMIG, DRECKIG, NASS (MUDDY, DIRTY, WET)
Participants of the Project
Berlin, Germany
15.00 CET - Berlin time
Keynote
IF YOU WANT TO THE SOURCE, YOU HAVE TO SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT
Prof. Dr. Rafael Ziegler - HEC Montreal
Montreal, Canada

Theme 1 – The intersection of water, politics, economy, and art
Topics:

  • Administrative apparatus and politics
  • Water as a profit earner despite growing pressure on ecosystems
  • Citizenship, public, making visible a political effect
  • Tensions between political theory and practice
16.00 CET - Berlin time
LAKE TALES: NEGOTIATING THE URBAN RURAL MARGINS
Surekha (artist)
Bangalore, India
16.20 CET - Berlin time
MYMIZU - THE ENTREPRENEUR AS AN ARTIST
Ayumi Matsuzaka (Dycle), Robin Takashi Lewis (Mymizu)
Tokyo, Japan
16.40 CET - Berlin time
DISCUSSION
Moderation Jaana Prüss
Option to continue the conversation in a breakout room in Zoom
17.00 CET - Berlin time
Coffee break

Theme 2 – Renaturation of nature
Topics:

  • Romantic image of nature and the trauma of the climate crisis
  • Art projects that open up spaces of experience and convey the importance of issues around water
17.30 CET - Berlin time
WATERMARKS: AN ATLAS OF WATER FOR THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE
Mary Miss (artist)
New York / Milwaukee, USA
17.50 CET - Berlin time
WE WILL WIN, THE RIVER TOLD ME
Marcela Moraga & Colectivo Social Salvemos el Río Renaico
Renaico River, Chile
18.10 CET - Berlin time
DISCUSSION
Moderation Jaana Prüss
Option to continue the conversation in a breakout room in Zoom
18.30 CET - Berlin time
WASSERMUSIK SUITE NO.2
Sebastian Gräfe & Matthias Kranebitter
Warnow, Germany
19.00 CET - Berlin time
Estimated end time

Session 2

Sunday February 13th

Theme 3 — Political approaches
Topics:

  • Rivers have rights
14.00 CET - Berlin time
RESILIENCE - FROM SHRINES TO BULLDOZERS
Sahar Qawasmi (Sakiya Art Science Agriculture Initiative)
Ramallah, Palestine
14.20 CET - Berlin time
FOR COMMUNITY WATER MANAGEMENT
Meastrxs del Agua (Teachers of water)
Janis Stefania Ordoñez, Kelly Vanessa Suarez, Hernando Díez, Mauricio Lara
Cali, Colombia
14.40 CET - Berlin time
DISCUSSION
Moderation Jaana Prüss
Option to continue the conversation in a breakout room in Zoom
15.00 CET - Berlin time
Coffee break
15.30 CET - Berlin time
ART AS A FIELD OF EXPERIENCE - WATER CONNECTS US ALL
Citizen Art Days
Berlin, Germany
16.00 CET - Berlin time
PANEL DISCUSSION, RECAP AND FEEDBACK ROUND
Conference participants
17:30 CET - Berlin time
Estimated end time

Simultaneous interpretation into English, Spanish and German
Free registration at: info@citizenartdays.de

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Talks review

MUDDY, DIRTY, WET
International conference on artistic strategies to support endangered waters


SCHLAMMIG, DRECKIG, NASS (MUDDY, DIRTY, WET)
Participants of the Project
Berlin – Germany
12th February at 14.40 CET – Berlin Time

The participants of the project present some reflections on the issue of environmental management around the Schäfersee Lake. On this occasion the joint work between citizens and artists has opened up other possibilities for political and civic action in this part of the city of Berlin.

IF YOU WANT TO THE SOURCE, YOU HAVE TO SWIM AGAINST THE CURRENT
Prof. Dr. Rafael Ziegler HEC Montreal
Montreal, Canada
12th February at 15.00 CET – Berlin Time

In his book ” If you want to the source, you have to swim against the current “(2017), Rafael Ziegler, philosopher and economist, tells the story of a decades-long resistance of citizens getting organized in their resistance against the construction of a dam in a valley in the Spessart and for the preservation of water in local, communal hands. The regeneration of watershed aims at a self-determined preservation of land and water. It is a piece of recent democratic history with many lessons for water protection in the present.

LAKE TALES: NEGOTIATING THE URBAN RURAL MARGINS.
Surekha
Bangalore, India
12th February at 16.00 CET – Berlin Time

Surekha’s presentation is about two lake projects – a rejuvenated Jakkur Lake & the polluted lake on fire, Bellandur Lake, situated in Bangalore (India). These projects are compiled through documentation, performance, archives and involves the community participation of artistic/social kind; and relates to urban-ecological climatic issues of a wider spectrum (http://surekha.info/negotiating-routes-jakkurlake/)

MYMIZU – THE ENTERPRENEUR AS AN ARTIST
Ayumi Matsuzaka, Robin Takashi Lewis
Tokyo – Japan
12th February at 16.20 CET – Berlin Time

The presentation by Robin Lewis, founder of Mymizu, and Ayumi Matsuzaka, co-founder of Dycle, will explore the extent to which entrepreneurs can use artistic strategies to protect the environment. Robin Lewis writes about his work that the company is co-creating tools and community. Ayumi Matsuzaka will speak about social entrepreneurship from a theoretical perspective.

WATERMARKS: AN ATLAS OF WATER FOR THE CITY OF MILWAUKEE
Mary Miss
New York / Milwaukee
12th February at 17.30 CET – Berlin Time

WaterMarks is an initiative to develop an inclusive and urban-scaled vision for the city of Milwaukee to help residents better understand their relationship to the water systems and infrastructure that support their lives. It is an art based multi layered framework to engage people in communities throughout the city. To start the process of engagement we pair artists with scientists / other experts to organize walks within the communities where we work. These walks encourage local residents and stakeholders to consider the social and ecological challenges they face and how these challenges can be overcome.

WE WILL WIN, THE RIVER TOLD ME
Marcela Moraga & Colectivo Social Salvemos el Río Renaico
Renaico River, Chile
12th February at 17.50 CET – Berlin Time

Renaico in Mapudungun, the Mapuche language, means a place where a lot of water flows. The Renaico River once provided trout and carp, it was the site of personal and collective memories. Why is the river drying up? Is the history of the community disappearing along with the water? The Museo Comunitario del agua Río Renaico proposes through different artistic actions to establish a new dialogue between a town and its river.

WASSERMUSIK SUITE NO.2
Composition for a river’s glorious welcome to the sea.
Sebastian Gräfe & Matthias Kranebitter
Warnow, Germany
12th February at 18.30 CET – Berlin Time

When it arrives in the sea, the river has reached both its maximum size and final stage. To mark the occasion, a brass band plays a piece, written especially for the river, at its mouth, paying it a special tribute. The musical aesthetic qualities of flowing waters feed into the composition, and the sound is led directly into the water. The piece does not portray  the river, nor is it a simple homage; but rather, the work is translated back into the language of the river.

RESILIENCE – FROM SHRINES TO BULLDOZERS
Sahar Qawasmi (Sakiya Art Science Agriculture Initiative)
Ramallah, Palestine
13th February at 14.00 CET – Berlin Time

In her presentation Sahar will speak about contemporary realities of natural, traditional, and social systems and infrastructures with a focus on water, and Sakiya’s approach for their protection, regeneration, and reimagination.
Sakiya – Art | Science | Agriculture is a progressive academy, a field for experimental pedagogy situated on a rewilded hillside with historic buildings, ancient trees, and natural springs in the village of Ein Qiniya near Ramallah in Palestine. Sakiya’s practices reclaim a wider ecology of knowledge through de-learning, relearning, and learning from and with the land and each other towards self-sufficient futures. Sakiya’s model integrates the forest and the farm within a cross-disciplinary residency program grafting local agrarian traditions with contemporary art and ecological practices.

FOR COMMUNITY WATER MANAGEMENT
Meastrxs del Agua (Teachers of water)
Cali, Colombia
13th February at 14.20 CET – Berlin Time

This school has sought to awaken environmental awareness and strengthen the culture of water from the empowerment of communities living around the city of Cali-Colombia, care for and inhabit the territories of water. We focus on Community Aqueducts and Community Water Governance, seeking, among others, to ensure the supply of drinking water and conserve local watersheds.

Speakers and Moderation

Jaana Prüss

JAANA PRÜSS
Moderation

Jaana Prüss is a cultural activist, artist and curator, she founded Morgengrün Kommunikation in 2004 for the conception and implementation of projects in the field of art, culture and sustainability and has since curated exhibition projects in the context of environmental and social issues.

For the Citzen Art Days 2013, she initiated a Markt der Fähigkeiten (market of skills) and published ‘fair-handeln! Anstiftungen für zukunftsfähiges Handeln’, which was nominated for Environmental Book of the Year (German Environmental Foundation) and awarded by the Council for Sustainable Development.

Since 2021 she is curator for the Knowledge and Maker Festival Fläminger Kreativsause and responsible for the communication of the model project Haus der Statistik.

Citizen Art Days

CITIZEN ART DAYS
(Oscar Ardila, Kerstin Polzin, Stefan Krüskemper)
Berlin, Germany

Citizen Art Days e.V. is an association of artists based in Berlin. Since 2012 Citizen Art Days has offered an artistic platform that brings together citizens, artists and city actors to solve specific problems in public spaces using artistic strategies. The themes are post-growth economy, sustainability, and coexistence. The aim is the joint development and participatory shaping of ideal (artistic) spaces that offer ample opportunities for experimentation and design for all involved.

Prof. Dr. Rafael Ziegler

PROF. DR. RAFAEL ZIEGLER
HEC Montreal
Montreal, Canada

Prof. Dr. Rafael is a professor at HEC Montreal, director of its institute of cooperative studies and a fellow of the social ecological research group GETIDOS. He is inspired by social innovations not only as a source of empirical materials but also as a spring of new ideas and concepts. His focus is on social innovation in relation to water, justice and sustainability. After studies in philosophy and economics at the London School of Economics and at McGill University, he founded in 2009 the social-ecological research group GETIDOS, which he co-ordinated for ten years until April 2019. Over the last years, he has been particularly interested in the capabilities approach. Since 2017 he work as an associate editor of the Journal of Human Development und Capabilities, since 2019 he is also an associate editor of the Journal of Social Entrepreneurship.

Surekha

SUREKHA
Bangalore, India

Surekha is a visual artist, curator, and artivist, who has been exploring artistic forms through installations, video, photography, performance and public art projects. Her works investigate how visuals engage with gender, ecology, and socio-political aesthetics. Her works are shown in Indian and International galleries, museums and public spaces.

Ayumi Matsuzaka, Robin Takashi Lewis

AYUMI MATSUZAKA, ROBIN TAKASHI LEWIS
Tokyo, Japan

Ayumi Matsuzaka, co-founder of DYCLE – Diaper Cycle, in Berlin Germany. Originally a conceptual artist, Ayumi has been exploring the human role in energy and material cycles through participatory art interventions, over the last 10 years. After carrying out projects relating to soil in Europe and Asia, she learnt about the production of Terra Preta soil substrate, whilst realising that parents are keen to reduce the huge amounts of diaper waste. Diaper Cycle is a system for these parents, offering 100% compostable diaper inlays, which after use, are transformed into healthy soil, ready to plant fruit trees.

Robin Takashi Lewis is a social entrepreneur based in Japan, recently recognised by M.I.T. Technology Review in its ‘Top Innovators Under 35 Japan’ awards. He is Co-founder of mymizu, an initiative to reduce consumption of single-use plastics (two-time winner of Japan’s Ministry of Environment Award). Robin is also the Co-founder of Social Innovation Japan, a platform for social good focusing on the UN Sustainable Development Goals, named as one of Nikkei’s 100 companies building the future of Japan. For over 10 years, Robin has worked with social enterprises, NGOs and inter-governmental organisations, including consultant roles at the World Bank, and has managed humanitarian operations in countries such as Haiti, Nepal, Vanuatu and Mozambique.

Mary Miss

MARY MISS
New York / Milwaukee, USA

Mary Miss has been redefining how art is integrated into the public realm since the early 1970s. She is interested in how artists can play a more central role in addressing the complex issues of our times—making environmental and social sustainability into tangible experiences. She developed the “City as Living Lab”, a framework to make sustainability issues tangible through collaboration and art. Miss’s influential work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Urban Land Institute’s Global Award for Excellence and the 2017 Bedrock of New York City Award. She has also received three grants from the National Science Foundation.

Marcela Moraga & Colectivo Social Salvemos el Río Renaico

MARCELA MORAGA(Community Water Museum)
Renaico River, Chile

Marcela Moraga is a Chilean visual artist and educator living in Berlin. In her projects she investigates traces of human intervention, both in the geological structure of the earth through extractive practices, and in the composition of social spaces through architecture and anthropology.

The Museum is run by Marcela Moraga in cooperation with the Social Collective Let’s Save the Renaico River (Colectivo Social Salvemos el Río Renaico).

The Social Collective Let’s Save the Renaico River (Colectivo Social Salvemos el Río Renaico) was created in 2013 in Renaico, Chile. It is made up of a group of young people who carry out various cultural activities, offer environmental workshops for children and publish an online newspaper.

Sahar Qawasmi

SAHAR QAWASMI (Sakiya Art Science Agriculture Initiative)
Ramallah, Palestine

Sahar Qawasmi is an architect, restorer, organizer, and co-founder of Sakiya – Art | Science | Agriculture. She is dedicated to reclaiming, reestablishing, rewilding, and (re)building different forms of common structures and infrastructures, challenging and reconfiguring private ownership and isolating social practices. She engages in collective practices using indigenous, environmental, and feminist methodologies.

Meastrxs del Agua

MEASTRXS DEL AGUA (Teachers of water)
Cali, Colombia

“We are teachers of water. Our slogan is “Healing the human being, we heal the water’s territories”

Maestrxs del Agua defines itself as a “Mobile Water School” that travels through urban and rural territories training water teachers. We emerged in Farallones Park in the city of Cali, Colombia. We started a water volunteering programme in 2014, which incorporates social actions to protect water as a common good and fundamental human right, as well as the conservation and restoration of water basins, rivers and wetlands as legal subjects with rights. This project focuses on governance, contributing to the construction of knowledge and local dialogues in social, political, academic and business platforms together with other socio-environmental initiatives.

Sebastian Gräfe & Matthias Kranebitter

Sebastian Gräfe & Matthias Kranebitter

Sebastian Gräfe (*1976 in Grimma) studied fine arts at the HBK Braunschweig. A recurring theme of his artistic work is the location of man in nature. He illuminates this relationship as critically as poetically and with subtle humor. Since the early 2000s, he has been realizing projects in public space and showing his work in international galleries and institutions. Gräfe has been awarded various prizes and grants for his work, including from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, the state of Lower Saxony, Stiftung Kunstfonds and the Akademie der Künste. He lives and works in Berlin and Reitwein/Oder.
www.imperimental.org

Matthias Kranebitter (*1980) studied composition in Vienna, Amsterdam and Graz. His music addresses aspects of our media society and trash culture with its flood of information; it is characterized by a high degree of density and heterogeneity. His work has been awarded, among others, the Impuls Kompositionspreis Graz, Stadt Wien Förderungspreis and the Austrian Staatsstipendium. Previous collaborations have included ensembles such as the Belgian Nadar Ensemble, Decoder Ensemble Hamburg, Ensemble Mosaik Berlin, Talea Ensemble New York, Klangforum Wien, and others. He is co-founder of the Unsafe+Sounds Festival and artistic director of the Black Page Orchestra.
www.matthiaskranebitter.com

About Us

SCHLAMMIG, DRECKIG, NASS is organised by Citizen Art Days e.V., an association of artists based in Berlin. Since 2012 Citizen Art Days has offered an artistic platform that brings together citizens, artists and city actors to solve specific problems in public spaces using artistic strategies. The themes are post-growth economy, sustainability, and coexistence. The aim is the joint development and participatory shaping of ideal (artistic) spaces that offer ample opportunities for experimentation and design for all involved.

Team

Project management and curatorship: Citizen Art Days – Oscar Ardila, Stefan Krüskemper, Kerstin Polzin.

Social Media Management
Lorena Díez

Graphic design:
Anselm Polzin / Andrés Sandoval

Photography and video documentation
Anselm Polzin

Web design:
Davide Prati

Translation/Proofreading:
Leonore Lukschy

Collaborators:
Projektgruppe Schäfersee
Stiftung Dialog und Soziale Gesundheit

Sponsors

The project SCHLAMMIG, DRECKIG, NASS by Citizen Art Days (Oscar Ardila, Stefan Krüskemper, Kerstin Polzin) is part of the initiative DRAUSSENSTADT, funded by the Berlin Project Fund Urban Practice and the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.

Website and Social Media