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Dear2050

Current Exhibition

Entangled Forests

     Zeughausareal Uster

30 March – 19 April 24
We – Fr 11 – 18 h, Sa – Su 10 – 16 h

     Forum de l’Hôtel de Ville Lausanne

25 April – 10 May 24
We – Fr 11 – 18 h, Sa 10 – 16 h

     Chrämerhuus Langenthal

18 May – 2 June 24

Baumeinpflanzung in Zellstoff/Pulp

     Zeughausareal Uster

30 March – 19 April 24

     Kalkbreite Zürich

From 28 March 24

Forests are the most biodiverse habitats on planet Earth. Covering a third of the land mass of the planet, they are home to more than three quarters of all terrestrial plants and animals. Forests are an entangled network between millions of living beings and sequester vast quantities of carbon, making them essential for biodiversity and the regulation of the global climate.

Dear2050: Entangled Forests presents artistic and scientific projects that focus on forests in a changing climate. The exhibition travels from the last ancient forests in Europe to the deepest Amazon, exploring ghost forests from the past and speculating about future autonomous trees. What can forests tell us about life and death, transience and memory, empathy and identity? The group exhibition was created in collaboration with the Plant Ecology Research Lab (PERL) at the EPFL in Lausanne. The research group investigates the ecological processes of adaptation that plants undergo when exposed to climatic stress.

Featuring

Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits “Atmospheric Forest” (2020). Purvitis Prize 2021 Final Nominees exhibition, National Museum of Arts, Riga, Latvia. Photo: Kristine Madjare
Hannah Grüninger - Flechtentisch aus dem Werk "As Sentir Da Chasa"
Karolina Majewska - Holy Tree: Baum mit Körperteilen aus Wachs
Niklaus Manuel Güdel - lps typographus
Aldebarán Solares

The photographer Aldebarán Solares (1987) is fascinated by the relationship between photography and memory. His work and artistic research develop from the necessity of understanding the way we live in the world and how our reality is bonded to our perception and visual culture.

www.aldebaransolares.com

Aljohara Jeje

Aljohara Jeje lives and works in Saudi Arabia. She captures her observations photographically with a reflective eye, focusing on the message conveyed by the images.

Bart Ensing

Bart Ensing creates sculptures relating to his living environment. In his professional life, he spent a long time working in spatial policy and international trade and only later found his way to art. He sees his creative work as a search for forms to express his ideas and feelings.

www.bartensing.com

Bienvenue Studios

Bienvenue Studios is a design duo: Xiaoqun Wu and Oliver Hirscher. Together, they visually research structures and objects of natural or geological origin. In doing so, the duo investigates the provenance and the cultural significance of the objects. Using techniques of so-called “biophilic design”, they aim to break down the barriers between humans and nature. Bringing elements of the living environment into cities and homes promotes wellbeing.

bienvenuestudios.com

Dor Feldfogel

Dor Feldfogel’s classic oil paintings are mostly created outdoors. They capture the moods of people, animals and places and reflect the artist’s intimate feelings for the painted places. In recent years, the forest has become her preferred studio.

www.dorfeldfogel.com

Eva Lippert

The illustrator Eva Lippert is fascinated by the relationship between colours, shapes and materials. For her work, she draws on current events and is inspired by personal experiences in nature and from travelling. She often works with salvaged or recycled materials, incorporating their properties into her artwork.

eva-li.com

Hannah Grüninger

Hannah Grüninger’s artistic work and lyrical texts often deal with inconspicuous subtleties. Seemingly insignificant events and groups of things and living beings are woven into personal memories, setting off a chain of connections. On this path she starts looking for the symbols of things that might not even exist in their original form.

hannahgrueninger.ch

Julia Rigby

Julia Edith Rigby is an experimental sound artist, composer, filmmaker and sculptor who thinks about entanglements among people, landscapes, non-humans and natural processes. She works with found materials to explore perception, sound and the interplay between human and non-human processes. Her interactive, site-responsive installations actively engage viewers through the sense of hearing. Rigby’s studio practice is largely rooted in field research. She designs sound sculptures that are powered by their environments, sonifying trees, rocks and sea caves. They improvise with the places in which they exist. Sometimes the sound sculptures are as ephemeral as the sounds they create, existing only for the duration of a single performance.

juliaedithrigby.com

Karolina Majewska

Karolina Majewska works with painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. In her recent sculptural works, she deals with the objectification and repression of the human body in social, cultural and political structures. She often uses beeswax, a substance with unique physical and chemical properties that holds unique potential for innovation.

www.karolinamajewska.com

Krzysztof Wronski

Krzysztof Wronski is a researcher, designer, and artist intervening in emergent and urgent spaces. In his artistic practice, Krzysztof creates research-driven conceptual works about social and ecological challenges. His work promotes dialogue, participation, and exploration around potential alternatives. Krzysztof Wronksi’s Tree-Centred Design workshops—a reflection on Human-Centred Design methods—explore how technology and innovation processes could or should change to address the current and emerging needs of trees and forests. As an artistic resident of the Dear2050 program organized by Climanosco, Krzysztof Wronski has been collaborating with researchers from the Plant Ecology Research Lab in Lausanne, Switzerland.

thewronski.com

Maja Renn

Maja Renn’s work consists of modular pieces composed of movement, poetry and video, drawing from the practice of collective, embodied dreaming to envision utopian models for a symbiotic coexistence between diverse forms of life.

In summer 2023, Maja Renn was part of an artistic residence at the Plant Ecology Research Lab (PERL) at the EPFL.

majarenn.ch

Marie-Anne Lerjen

The walking artist Marie-Anne Lerjen founded “lerjentours. Agentur für Gehkultur” / “lerjentours. Agency for walking culture” in Zurich in 2011. She dedicated herself to experimenting whilst walking. Her walks endeavour to discover how communal walking can enhance the perception of places. Other projects refer to social and interactive aspects of walking, drawing on the cultural history surrounding the topic. Marie-Anne Lerjen is convinced that walking, as a form of physically experiencing our world, holds the potential to revolutionise our relationship to our surroundings.

www.lerjentours.ch/marie-anne-lerjen

Niklaus Manuel Güdel

Niklaus Manuel Güdel’s work revolves around the memories of non-human organisms, focusing particularly on the plant world.

www.niklausmanuelgudel.com

Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits

Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits work as visual artists as well as scientists at the interface of art, science and immersive technology.

smitesmits.com

Robert Ladislas Derr

Robert Ladislas Derr (*1970) is a visual artist living in the US. He creates performances, interventions and works with videos, photographs, and multimedia installations on socially relevant topics. His body always plays a central role in his works.

robertladislasderr.com

Sandra Köstler

Sandra Köstler is a visual artist working with photography, video and installations. Her work investigates the relationship between humans and space, particularly in the context of our ideas and fictions about “nature”. Her work bases on deep knowledge acquired about a certain place. She often compares her work to research, collecting individual observations, audio-visual material as well as cultural and ecological knowledge.

www.sandrakoestler.de

Stefania Urist

Stefania Urist’s works explore the relationship between people and their environment. Stefania Urist encourages us to question which of our systems overuse plants, land, and water. Trees and wood in different forms are recurring materials in her work. She explores trees and forests and looks at the properties of wood that go beyond the physical. Trees form communities and have a memory. Through her work, she criticises the fact that humans use plants as commodities instead of living with them in symbiosis.

stefaniaurist.com

Tat-Dat Nguyen

Tat-Dat Nguyen was born in Vietnam, grew up in the USA and currently lives in Vienna. Important themes in his works are migration, identity, memory, mythology and religious narratives.

www.tatdatnguyen.com

Wolfgang Heuwinkel

Wolfgang Heuwinkel first became known because of his watercolour paintings. He has developed a fascination for paper and its core elements pulp and water, which he explores in his work. He experiments with the diverse properties and states that paper can embody. Wolfgang Heuwinkel discusses ecological connections on an aesthetic and conceptual level.

For this work, he uses the properties of pulp to trigger independent organic processes.

www.w-heuwinkel.de

Ausstellende

Featuring

Aldebarán Solares

The photographer Aldebarán Solares (1987) is fascinated by the relationship between photography and memory. His work and artistic research develop from the necessity of understanding the way we live in the world and how our reality is bonded to our perception and visual culture.

www.aldebaransolares.com

Aljohara Jeje

Aljohara Jeje lives and works in Saudi Arabia. She captures her observations photographically with a reflective eye, focusing on the message conveyed by the images.

Bart Ensing

Bart Ensing creates sculptures relating to his living environment. In his professional life, he spent a long time working in spatial policy and international trade and only later found his way to art. He sees his creative work as a search for forms to express his ideas and feelings.

www.bartensing.com

Bienvenue Studios

Bienvenue Studios is a design duo: Xiaoqun Wu and Oliver Hirscher. Together, they visually research structures and objects of natural or geological origin. In doing so, the duo investigates the provenance and the cultural significance of the objects. Using techniques of so-called “biophilic design”, they aim to break down the barriers between humans and nature. Bringing elements of the living environment into cities and homes promotes wellbeing.

bienvenuestudios.com

Dor Feldfogel

Dor Feldfogel’s classic oil paintings are mostly created outdoors. They capture the moods of people, animals and places and reflect the artist’s intimate feelings for the painted places. In recent years, the forest has become her preferred studio.

www.dorfeldfogel.com

Eva Lippert

The illustrator Eva Lippert is fascinated by the relationship between colours, shapes and materials. For her work, she draws on current events and is inspired by personal experiences in nature and from travelling. She often works with salvaged or recycled materials, incorporating their properties into her artwork.

eva-li.com

Hannah Grüninger

Hannah Grüninger’s artistic work and lyrical texts often deal with inconspicuous subtleties. Seemingly insignificant events and groups of things and living beings are woven into personal memories, setting off a chain of connections. On this path she starts looking for the symbols of things that might not even exist in their original form.

hannahgrueninger.ch

Julia Rigby

Julia Edith Rigby is an experimental sound artist, composer, filmmaker and sculptor who thinks about entanglements among people, landscapes, non-humans and natural processes. She works with found materials to explore perception, sound and the interplay between human and non-human processes. Her interactive, site-responsive installations actively engage viewers through the sense of hearing. Rigby’s studio practice is largely rooted in field research. She designs sound sculptures that are powered by their environments, sonifying trees, rocks and sea caves. They improvise with the places in which they exist. Sometimes the sound sculptures are as ephemeral as the sounds they create, existing only for the duration of a single performance.

juliaedithrigby.com

Karolina Majewska

Karolina Majewska works with painting, photography, sculpture and ceramics. In her recent sculptural works, she deals with the objectification and repression of the human body in social, cultural and political structures. She often uses beeswax, a substance with unique physical and chemical properties that holds unique potential for innovation.

www.karolinamajewska.com

Krzysztof Wronski

Krzysztof Wronski is a researcher, designer, and artist intervening in emergent and urgent spaces. In his artistic practice, Krzysztof creates research-driven conceptual works about social and ecological challenges. His work promotes dialogue, participation, and exploration around potential alternatives. Krzysztof Wronksi’s Tree-Centred Design workshops—a reflection on Human-Centred Design methods—explore how technology and innovation processes could or should change to address the current and emerging needs of trees and forests. As an artistic resident of the Dear2050 program organized by Climanosco, Krzysztof Wronski has been collaborating with researchers from the Plant Ecology Research Lab in Lausanne, Switzerland.

thewronski.com

Maja Renn

Maja Renn’s work consists of modular pieces composed of movement, poetry and video, drawing from the practice of collective, embodied dreaming to envision utopian models for a symbiotic coexistence between diverse forms of life.

In summer 2023, Maja Renn was part of an artistic residence at the Plant Ecology Research Lab (PERL) at the EPFL.

majarenn.ch

Marie-Anne Lerjen

The walking artist Marie-Anne Lerjen founded “lerjentours. Agentur für Gehkultur” / “lerjentours. Agency for walking culture” in Zurich in 2011. She dedicated herself to experimenting whilst walking. Her walks endeavour to discover how communal walking can enhance the perception of places. Other projects refer to social and interactive aspects of walking, drawing on the cultural history surrounding the topic. Marie-Anne Lerjen is convinced that walking, as a form of physically experiencing our world, holds the potential to revolutionise our relationship to our surroundings.

www.lerjentours.ch/marie-anne-lerjen

Niklaus Manuel Güdel

Niklaus Manuel Güdel’s work revolves around the memories of non-human organisms, focusing particularly on the plant world.

www.niklausmanuelgudel.com

Rasa Smite & Raitis Smits

Rasa Smite and Raitis Smits work as visual artists as well as scientists at the interface of art, science and immersive technology.

smitesmits.com

Robert Ladislas Derr

Robert Ladislas Derr (*1970) is a visual artist living in the US. He creates performances, interventions and works with videos, photographs, and multimedia installations on socially relevant topics. His body always plays a central role in his works.

robertladislasderr.com

Sandra Köstler

Sandra Köstler is a visual artist working with photography, video and installations. Her work investigates the relationship between humans and space, particularly in the context of our ideas and fictions about “nature”. Her work bases on deep knowledge acquired about a certain place. She often compares her work to research, collecting individual observations, audio-visual material as well as cultural and ecological knowledge.

www.sandrakoestler.de

Stefania Urist

Stefania Urist’s works explore the relationship between people and their environment. Stefania Urist encourages us to question which of our systems overuse plants, land, and water. Trees and wood in different forms are recurring materials in her work. She explores trees and forests and looks at the properties of wood that go beyond the physical. Trees form communities and have a memory. Through her work, she criticises the fact that humans use plants as commodities instead of living with them in symbiosis.

stefaniaurist.com

Tat-Dat Nguyen

Tat-Dat Nguyen was born in Vietnam, grew up in the USA and currently lives in Vienna. Important themes in his works are migration, identity, memory, mythology and religious narratives.

www.tatdatnguyen.com

Wolfgang Heuwinkel

Wolfgang Heuwinkel first became known because of his watercolour paintings. He has developed a fascination for paper and its core elements pulp and water, which he explores in his work. He experiments with the diverse properties and states that paper can embody. Wolfgang Heuwinkel discusses ecological connections on an aesthetic and conceptual level.

For this work, he uses the properties of pulp to trigger independent organic processes.

www.w-heuwinkel.de

Events

    Opening Baumeinpflanzung in Zellstoff/Pulp

Thursday, 28 March 24, 16 - 17 h

Thursday, 28 March 24, 4 – 5 pm, courtyard Kalkbreite Zurich

Opening of the permanent sculpture Baumeinpflanzung in Zellstoff/Pulp by artist Wolfgang Heuwinkel.

More trees should never be felled than will grow back in the same year – this original principle of sustainability from forestry is taken up by the artist Wolfgang Heuwinkel both intellectually and aesthetically. His living sculpture Baumeinpflanzung in Zellstoff / Pulp is a symbiosis between plant and cellulose. The sculpture, a tree planted in a block of cellulose, is exposed to the weather, comes to life and ultimately blends back into a cycle of metamorphoses. The tree lives from the material made from the fibres of its species. The pulp flows into the grass or undergrowth, is absorbed by the soil and forms humus, a breeding ground for new life.

As part of the exhibition Dear2050: Entangled Forests, we will be opening the sculpture Baumeinpflanzung in Zellstoff / Pulp in the presence of the artist Wolfgang Heuwinkel at Kalkbreite in Zurich on 28 March 2024.
Drinks and snacks will be served. Admission free of charge

    Vernissage Zeughausareal Uster

Saturday, 30 March 24, 14 - 17 h

Saturday, 30 March 24, 14 – 17 h, Zeughausareal Uster

Opening of the exhibition in Uster with live performance by artist Maja Renn – The Canopy Kin
Drinks and snacks will be served. Admission free of charge

    Artist talk with Wolfgang Heuwinkel (DE)

Friday, 5 April 24, 17 - 18.30 h

Friday, 5 April 24, 5.00 pm, Kalkbreite Zurich cooperative cafeteria

Inviting artist talk in a small setting with the artist Wolfgang Heuwinkel, whose living sculpture Baumeinpflanzung in Zellstoff / Pulp grows in the inner courtyard of Kalkbreite.

     Workshop Canopy Kin

Saturday, 6 April 24, 11 - 12.30 h

Zeughausareal Uster

Registration at info@bewegendekunstformen.ch

The performance artist Maja Renn will offer a movement workshop drawing inspiration from her cooperation with scientists at the Plant Ecology Research Laboratory of the EPFL.

The session translates the complex system of cooperation and competition between tree species in heterogeneous forest communities into a sequence of gentle and meditative dance exercises.

Through a selection of playful individual, couple and group tasks we will touch on themes of growing together, mutual nurturing and the delicate balance of homeostasis.

The participation is free, please register at info@bewegendekunstformen.ch. Grown-ups of any age and background are welcome. No previous knowledge is required. Wearing comfortable clothes and warm socks is recommended.

     Performance Canopy Kin

Saturday 13 April 24, 14 – 17 h

Zeughausareal Uster

Accessible any time

The performative installation The Canopy Kin draws inspiration from recent research of scientists at the Plant Ecology Research Laboratory of the EPFL. Using dance as a medium, the piece illustrates the complex system of cooperation and competition between tree species in heterogeneous forest communities.

    Vernissage Forum de l’Hôtel de Ville Lausanne

Wednesday, 24 April 24, 17.30 h

Forum de l’Hôtel de Ville Lausanne

Opening of the exhibition in Lausanne
Drinks and snacks will be served. Admission free of charge

     Performance Canopy Kin

Saturday, 27 April 24, 12 – 15 h

Forum de l’Hôtel de Ville Lausanne

Accessible any time

The performative installation The Canopy Kin draws inspiration from recent research of scientists at the Plant Ecology Research Laboratory of the EPFL. Using dance as a medium, the piece illustrates the complex system of cooperation and competition between tree species in heterogeneous forest communities.

    Vernissage Chrämerhuus Langenthal

Friday, 17 May 24, 17 – 20 h

Friday, 17 May 24, 17 – 20h, Chrämerhuus Langenthal

Opening of the exhibition in Langenthal
Drinks and snacks will be served. Admission free of charge

    Assembly Nature: Unspeakable

Saturday, 18 May 24, 11 - 22 h

Saturday, 18 May 24, 11 – 22, Chrämerhuus Langenthal

“How do we talk about and with nature?”

This question is the starting point of a fascinating journey of discovery that explores the unnoticed connections between animals, plants, fungi, microbes and humans. Our society talks about nature as something that exists outside of human society. Nature” is a romantic refuge, danger, resource or wilderness. It is separate from “us” and is utilised by us.

The interactive action day Nature: Unspeakable explores this question with artistic contributions, workshops, lectures and film screenings.

Accessible free of charge

     Performance Canopy Kin

Saturday, 1 June 24, 13 – 16 h

Chrämerhuus Langenthal

Accessible any time

The performative installation The Canopy Kin draws inspiration from recent research of scientists at the Plant Ecology Research Laboratory of the EPFL. Using dance as a medium, the piece illustrates the complex system of cooperation and competition between tree species in heterogeneous forest communities.