August 14, 2007

Projekte = Artist Projects

Liebe Gäste, liebe Kunstinteressierte, liebe Vereinsmitglieder der ProRegion,
dem Verein ProRegion Mittleres Fuldatal und dem Umweltbildungszentrum Licherode ist es gelungen, ein ganz besonderes Ereignis in unsere Region zu holen. Über 25 anerkannte Naturkünstlerinnen und -künstler aus 13 Nationen wohnen vom 3. bis zum 12. August in Licherode und arbeiten an verschiedenen Standorten vor allem im Fuldatal.
The region Hessen in Germany is well known for the documenta12 in Kassel. Not far from there another art event takes place: The Nature Art Forum 2007.
Artist, curators Anke Mellin and Dorit Croissier bring 25 artists from 13 nations together to create an exhibition of Nature Art along a path in the valley of the river Fulda. The artist`s work react to sites near this already existing bicycle path where many visitors are passing throughout the summer.
Artist curators Dorit Croissier and Anke Mellin with artist Jean-Francois Paquay.
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Some of the artists. (image Gerhard Manns, Ludwigsau, Germany)

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August 13, 2007

2. Ben Taffinder (GB)

9 Days and Nights with Nature
A circle of canvas is laying underneath this solitary tree. Experiences and little adventures while staying in nature, seeing and feeling, are drawn on the canvas. After 9 days there are several silent traces of the environment. The work is meant as a present for the tree – it is honoring the tree.
Ben Taffinder. (image clwc)
Ben Taffinder drawing. (image Angelica)
Drawing detail. (image Frank)
(image Frank)

3. Istvan Eröss (Hungary)

Swing on the Water
Lake near Ahlheim-Heinebach
A raft with a swing in the lake. Visitors have to swim before they can swing. At the same time the raft invites us to sit and relax contemplatively, just above the surface of the water. The scale of the raft defines the space for the swing. The raft is a reminder of childhood- the swing as reminiscence of freedom and pleasure which we enjoyed as children.
Istvan Eröss and his swing. (image Angelica)
Swing on the Water. (image Frank)
Istvan Eröss. (image Frank)

4. Anke Mellin, Aviva Rahmani (D/USA)

Buro fur Kommunikation uber globale Erwarmung
Valley of Fulda near Ahlheim-Heinebach (drive way Elektro Kirchner)
A tower which shows different kinds of water is standing in a container. Visitors are invited to fold little boats out of copied articles about global warming and leave them on the water.
Statements about the topic which are not only relevant in the artist`s countries are printed on images from the valley of the river Fulda and Maine in the US.
Anke Mellin. (image Frank)
(image Angelica)
Inside the Buro detail. (image Angelica)
(image Frank)
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(image Anke Mellin)

5. Rumen Dimitrov (Bulgaria)

Agro Art
+ By the River
UnserLand at Ahlheim-Licherode
Some big wooden bowls in the meadow catch the rainwater. The water mirrors the sky and is a contrast to the green of the grass.

By the River
Meadow near Ahlheim-Baumbach
An arch made by two large boats cover the bicycle path. One boats carries two large sitting figures, the other a big standing figure. From far the boat seems to swim, but if one comes nearer the boat is so high and lifted that it is possible to stand below. The work refers to the people in the region whose life is strongly connected to the river
Rumen Dimitrov. (image clwc)
Rumen at work with chain saw. (image Angelica)
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(image Frank)
Some of the artists. (image Frank)

6. Ikezawa Takashi (Japan)
Coal Installation- From Father Sky to Mother Earth
Old Oak near the river Fulda near Rotenburg
The crown of a solitary tree is marked by a broad coal line on the ground. The line refers to the relation between the invisible roots and the visible crown of the tree. The material coal points out the relation between the tree and earth history.
Ikezawa Takashi. (image clwc)
Charcoal installation. (image Angelica)
(image Frank)
(image Takashi)
(image Takashi)

7. Johann Sietzema (NL)

Nature Spot
Floodchannel, Rotenburg/Fulda
Upright standing trunks of willow-trees are tied together with twigs. With time, this manmade spot collects pieces of wood, leaves , garbage, decay… out of the water and creates a new piece of land. This little new existance depends entirely on the influence of the surroundings. It is a borrowed land. D = 3.40m, H = 1.20m
Johann Sietzema. (image Frank)
Johann Sietzema. (image Angelica)
Nature Spot. (image Frank)

8. Ragnhild Becker / Gunar Seitz (D)

Geschichte im Fluss
Fulda Beach, Rotenburg/ Fulda – Castle
Story in the River….
Discovering the history of the region and the Fulda- river, the artists had collected a story. 1248 little wooden floats were covered with this writing (puzzle-like) and a web-address. In a performance people gave the floats into the Fulda-river. To take part in this project, somebody has to find these wooden floats and give notice via internet.
On one can see a map which shows the possible completion of the story.
Gunar Seitz and Ragnhild Becker. (image Frank)
Gunar and Ragnhild. (image Angelica)
Data collected. (image Angelica)
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Into the river Fulda. (image clwc)

9. Lisa Kaftori (Israel)

The Dragonfly's Eye
Herz- und Kreislaufzentrum Rotenburg
the dragonfly’s eye is designed to generate resonant poetic dialogues with nature and about symbiotic relationships between human beings and the natural world. In 1954 Rachel Carson said, “The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe around us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.? Sustainability has to do with connectedness, with how we see and understand the world in which we live.

the dragonfly’s eye consists of a series of poetic interventions including:
A sequence of tree markers (the type of markers used to name and classify trees in botanic gardens) placed on trees in the area. Instead of botanical information the tree markers are engraved with poetic words thoughts, and language. Viewed alone or in combinations the words on the tree markers are intended to plant seeds of awareness. They may draw the viewer’s attention to the beauty of a specific tree or to the magic of the natural world in general.

A sustainability tree – a newly planted oak tree surrounded by basalt stones. In my iconography trees represent memory, connection and sustainability; stones symbolize permanence, remembering, and wisdom. The planting of the oak tree is also a homage to Joseph Beuys, his ideas of social sculpture, and specifically to his project 7000 Oaks. It is my hope that the sustainability tree and the stones that encircle it will come to be viewed as a sacred, inspirational space where people can take time to place their thoughts on peace and sustainability or where they can relax and simply be.

An international tree planting action – on August 13, 2007, sustainability trees were planted simultaneously in Australia, Canada, Germany, Hungry, Israel, Mauritius, Russia, Spain and the United States.

And a performance - viewers were invited to help plant the sustainability tree in Germany and then to join in: a circle of words, an interactive performance gathering, offering participants an opportunity to exchange stories, poems, songs, and ideas, about connections with nature.

Special thanks to: Klaus Adamaschek and the Educational Centre for Environmental Issues and Sustainability, in Licherode, curators Dorit Croissier, and Anke Mellin, Dr. Stefan Wild and the Herz-und Kreislaufzentrum, Rotenburg a.d. Fulda, Dorrie Powell for allowing me to use excerpts of her poem wind song, artist Joan Giroux, and the many others who helped me realize my work for NaturKunst Forum 2007.

Lisa Kaftori and assistant jiSue Choi. (image Angelica)

10. Renate Schürmeyer (D)

Blaue Fenster
Blue Windows
Storchensee near Rotenburg
Blue windows are exposed at special sites. The windows lead the view to the landscape behind, which shines unreal and encourages awareness for nature.
Renate Schürmeyer with artwork. (image Angelica)
Renate in landscape with artwork. (image Angelica)
Renate and Fuji. (image clwc)
JiSue Choi with "Blaue Fenster". (image Frank)

11. Yutaka Kobayashi (Japan)

Balance Dish
Grocery Store, Bebra-Breitenbach
A scale is standing on top of a table in front of the Grocery Store. One pan of the scale shows wheat the other a piece of cheese and fresh vegetables. The balance between both are obvious. It shows different amount of produced food which need the same amount of energy. Also shown in this work are photo’s of lunch meals of elderly people from the region. The artist will give an idea of the connection between these metaphors as they relates to the theme of sustainability.

Klaus Adamaschek and Yutaka Kobayashi. (image Angelica)
Yutaka Kobayashi and Fuji Tatsunori. (image Frank)

12. Fujii Tatsunori (Japan)

About Pouring
Bicycle Path between Ludwigsau-Friedlos
On both sides of the bicycle path near the high electric pylons a cone of laths is placed. The natural radioactivity of the cones is marked by numbers on the bicycle path. This work refers to the visible and invisible powers which humans have to deal with.
Fujii Tatsunori. (image Angelica)
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On the path. (image Angelica)
Jean-François and Mariko (image Frank)
(image Fujii Tatsunori)
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(image Fujii Tatsunori)

13. Jean-François Paquay (Belgium)

The Straw Stack Project
At Fuldatal near Ludwigsau-Mecklar
A hutlike structure made out of straw reminds on the traditional harvest. The hut attracts visitors to enter and enjoy the smell and get the feeling for straw.
Hay and straw are part of the landscape since human beings are harvesting cereals for animal feeding.
Jean-François Paquay. (image Angelica)
Jean-François Paquay. (image Angelica)
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(image Gerhard Manns, Ludwigsau, Germany)
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(image Gerhard Manns, Ludwigsau, Germany)

14. Paul Adamaschek (Germany), Christine Baeumler, Cheryl Wilgren Clyne, Beth Grossman (USA)

A Winter's Tale - The Bureau of Atmospheric Anecdata: Germany Division
Still from film "another kind of winter" (image clwc)
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The Bureau of Atmospheric Anecdata collected audio observations of winter and climate changes in the villages of Licherode, and Rotenburg, in Alheim, Germany and the surrounding communities. A digital video of "snow" ("another kind of winter") was projected into the night onto a grove of trees. At the same time the audio performance ("A Winter's Tale") was presented with several of the most poetic, reflective stories captured. The art event proved to be an ephemeral, undocumentable work.

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Christine Baeumler and Paul Adamaschek. (image clwc)
Paul Adamaschek interviewing Sabine. (image clwc)
Bureau headquarters. (image clwc)
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Beth Grossman and Christine Baeumler (image clwc)

15. Annechien Meier (NL)

Bio Allotment Gardens Everywhere
Various sites: Bebra, Rotenburg, Mecklar, Morschen, Alheim
The project consists out of allotment gardens situated in private properties in Licherode and surrounding villages. Inhabitants and interested people were invited to join this project. They earned a mini allotment garden (1x1m). By adopting a piece of private ‘garden’ a social and sustainable commitment is made.
Annechien Meier (image clwc)
Bio allotment garden. (image Angelica)
Bio allotment garden detail. (image Angelica)