Climate and Social Landart -
a cooperation project with the district of Oldenburg and the project Leverage Points for Sustainable Transformation of the Leuphana University Lüneburg
An artistic and scientific examination of the tension between land use and nature conservation in the district of Oldenburg is supported by the Lower Saxony Bingo Environmental Foundation with 25,000 euros. The association "artecology_network" is an association of artists and scientists from all over Germany based in Hude. One goal is to provide the population with food for thought on more sustainability. Various event formats are used to mobilise various target groups who are concerned with biodiversity, agriculture, nutrition, climate change and renewable energies in the region.
Eight of a total of twelve planned actions will be implemented in the first phase of the project. "They were designed on the basis of regional issues and local needs and are each assigned to a municipality or the district of Oldenburg with specific partners," says Insa Winkler, head of the project "Social Landart und Klima - (Bio)Diversitätskorridor im Landkreis Oldenburg".
Regional partners and sponsors for the first phase are: the lower nature conservation authority and the climate protection management, as well as the cultural sector of the Oldenburg district; the Oldenburg landscape, the Wildeshauser Geest nature park, the municipalities of Hatten and Hude, the Hollen Regional Environmental Education Centre (RUZ), the Oldenburg District People (the Hude Agricultural Route) and Rural Adult Education (LEB). "With their know-how, the regional partners ensure that the individual projects pursue a specific issue that is associated with benefits for the community or region," says Karsten Behr, Managing Director of the Foundation, praising the local anchoring of the project.
A further strength of the project lies in the strong cooperation with the Leuphana University Lüneburg, which researches similar topics and questions within the framework of its sustainability research "Leverage Points for Sustainability Transformation" in the district of Oldenburg. One goal of the joint activities is to develop cooperations with actors from the district in order to shape the future of the region. Forums, workshops and excursions are planned from 12 to 21 June.
Further information about the environmental art projects, all of which are to be developed with the people of the region, will be presented on 20 June at 6 p.m. with the opening of the (Bio) Diversity Corridor at an art project container in the centre in Kirchhatten. The projects include Jaana Prüss' kitchen mobile, favourite places with Werner Henkel, oak to oak with Insa Winkler, gildE-reality check with Kerstin Polzin, Hochsitz für Innovationspotentiale with Peer Holthuizen, CIVIL WILDERNESS with Helene von Oldenburg and Claudia Reiche.
An interim balance of the project, as well as Hildegard Kurt's workshop on liveliness and a neophyte summit with Anja Schoeller will take place after the summer holidays in the Wildeshausen district house. The documentation is intended to inspire further national initiatives and at the same time prepare the second project phase in the Oldenburg area. The first phase starts in early summer 2017 and runs until the end of October 2018, the second phase will probably follow until the end of 2019.
        
Picture 1: Workshop Civil Wilderness, Harpstedt, 2017
Picture 2: Remaining life, participation at the opening Brigitte Raabe and Michael Stephan, Kirchhatten
Picture 3: Opening of the BDK in Kirchhatten, June 2017
Picture 4: Workshop of Peer Holzhuizen and Daniela Peukert
Picture 5: Civil Wilderness Workshop with Helene von Oldenburg
Picture 6: Lively workshop with Hildegard Kurt
Figure 7: Impressions around the project container Kirchhatten
Picture 8: Neophyte stalk with Anja Schoeller and Peter Becker, Wildeshausen
Picture 9: Installation view into the exhibition 'Zwischenbilanz', Kreishaus Wildeshausen
Variety as a cultural starting point for humans and nature
With diverse formats and participatory workshops, topics such as biodiversity, neophytes, self-sufficiency, renewable energies, climate change, landscape cultural heritage, ecological economic factors, agriculture, nutrition, environmental protection and their holistic interrelationships are dealt with in a participatory manner with the participation of citizens* and politicians in order to carry out applied projects with diverse participants throughout the entire district of Oldenburg.
In cooperation with partner organisations such as the district of Oldenburg, the nature park Wildeshauser Geest, the municipality of Hatten, and Hude, the district of Oldenburg, the rural adult education, the first projects will be located and thus networked throughout the district to make cultural and ecological diversity equally tangible.
The aim of artecology_network is to convey environmental topics through "environmental art", to use professional and innovative artistic participation methods and to involve a broad public in workshops on burning issues. In the project, questions of the region are to be answered in a practical way and possible solutions are to be developed which can be tested in practical workshops with those affected and pursued further beyond the workshop.
Our questions are: Why is there an increasing reduction in biological diversity and the destruction of the landscape, despite the advantages of nature for mankind?
How can climate protection and biodiversity be shaped together?
How can artists as catalysts open up a common space - a (bio)diversity corridor?
How do artistic methods manage to create a transdisciplinary approach to well-being, community connectedness, and human-nature connections?
The project aims in particular to connect people and increase their participation in the community. The artistic approaches and interventions see themselves as impulses and motivators, as art acts as a catalyst for change processes.