Creative Environment Guide Berlin
art objective and their project OCEAN Contemporary has been published in the new Berlin guide for art and sustainability and listed as one of theTop 10 Art und Sustainability Initiatives in Berlin.
The guide has been published by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) in Cooperation with the Ecologic Institute and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Berlin. Curator and author Yasmin Ostendorf led all the interviews. The guide can be downloaded as a PDF here.
Dr. Camilla Bausch | Director Ecologic Institute: “To successfully address the challenge of transformation to a more sustainable and equitable society, we need inner reflection, creative approaches, courageous visions of futures and cooperation beyond the limits imposed by how we think and structure society.”
This Guide aims to 1. inspire people by showcasing innovative projects and provide an insight into the impact of that work, the personal drivers of the people running them as well as further ideas and recommendations; 2. provide an overview of potential partners in Berlin working with the topic of environmental sustainability; 3. strengthen the international network of cultural organisations engaging with environmental issues and thereby stimulate cross-border and cross-discipline knowledge exchange and networking on the issue of sustainability.
OCEAN Contemporary is a collaborative, non-profit research and exhibition project which aims to stimulate contemplation on and responsibility for our oceans through the medium of contemporary art. In this ongoing project international artists present pieces with a focus on the ocean and the many problems for which humanity is responsible. The project follows the objectives of various national and international strategies within the UN Decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020) and the previous UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development (2005-2014) to prevent the rapidly dwindling biodiversity of our planet and to preserve it for the future.
Katja Vedder: “ “It’s good as an independent curator to concentrate on a topic. I’m passionate about the ocean so this is my focus. I’m still constantly amazed with all the new perspectives I find; people draw so much inspiration from the ocean.”
The group exhibition “Bitter Water” presents positions of international artists tracing the inspirational power of the element water and reviewing its’ existential importance. The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the art initiative On Water and the Reederei Riedel GmbH with the objective of shaping the debate on water and setting critical impulses.
As part of the exhibition “Tension Test. OCEAN CONTEMPORARY #1” at the GEDOK Gallery Berlin, we spoke with art historian Prof. Dr. Ingeborg Reichle from the Humboldt University of Berlin and filmmaker Daniel Opitz from the OCEAN MIND FOUNDATION, Kiel, on the themes of ‘ocean’ and the various aesthetic strategies used to communicate about it.
We presented these contemporary views in an article for the Sailing Journal. We are taking a closer look at the positions of contemporary art focusing on the plastic pollutions of the ocean.
Art Objective invites the viewers to discover new horizons in contemporary art. International artists present their perspectives of our ‚Blue Planet‘.
The aim is to communicate new perspectives of contemporary art to a wide audience and therefore to make a contribution to the current social discourse. In addition an exclusive limited edition as a Fine Art Print is offered by the artist.
CONTEMPORARY OCEAN VIDEO ART FILMS – International artists present new perspective on our »Blue Planet«. Their works open room for dialogue, surprise and irritate the viewer. The Video Art Section is curated by Katja Vedder and presented at the 3. CINEMARE Int’l Ocean Film Festival.
For a community of artist and art promoters, eV Berlin, we designed the group exhibition “Tension Test. OCEAN Contemporary #1.” Included were fifteen contemporary artists and their views on the theme of “The Ocean Today”, realized in a variety of artistic mediums.
The curator Katja Vedder is an expert for contemporary art, that focuses on the themes of ocean and water. For the ‘Open Day’ she has brought together two artists to show their work to the public.
The catalogue presents the work of 15 contemporary artists who share their views of the ocean as an endangered landscape and ecosystem, a habitat, as mythology, as a scientific subject of research and a target for political and monetary strategies.
In collaboration with the CineMare Int’l Ocean Film Festival Germany we invite artists for the third time to present their ocean themed art short films as part of the film festival.
The aim of the project is to stimulate contemplation on and responsibility for our oceans through the medium of contemporary art. By shaping the visual dialogue artists create new perspectives on global topics, open room for dialogue as well as communicating universal values concerning our Blue Planet.