267 days, 5 hours, 15 minutes, 41 seconds
From 2023 onwards - (re)connecting.earth will become a biennial event taking place every odd year in Geneva and every even year in Berlin.
After an exploration, in 2021, of urban gardens and eco-neighborhoods, the 2023 exhibition will focus on the theme of lake and water. The exhibition will be centered around the waterfront, between the Eaux-Vives beach, the Gustave-Ador quay, and the Bains des Pâquis, and will also focus on places rich in biodiversity such as the Pointe à la Bise and the Lac des Vernes.
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Why a biennial linking art and urban nature?
With more than three quarters of the Swiss population living in urban areas (55% worldwide), cities and their inhabitants are confronted with the consequences of the climate crisis and the challenges of preserving biodiversity. Urban nature is a major challenge for adapting to new environmental conditions and developing quality of living. It brings freshness and guarantees the existence of multiple forms of life that enrich the air and the soil. However, in a densely built-up area and in the face of the many stimuli of daily life, it is sometimes diﬃcult to perceive these other living beings (non-humans) who nevertheless contribute to the space. A challenge then opens up to build and cohabit with them, to (re)discover them, to (re)connect with them.
Like the many citizen and institutional initiatives that aim to promote biodiversity and arouse curiosity about other species, many artists are developing practices that oﬀrent a reﬂexion on our perception of the environment, our relationship with plants, terrestrial or lacustrian animals, micro-organisms or other fungi. The potential of a dialogue between scientists and artists is particularly rich. For this reason, in close collaboration with artists, naturalists and scientists, (re)connecting.earth Geneva 2023 multiplies the forms of presentation and the strategies for attracting attention to the living. Through surprising works and a participatory concept that facilitates exchanges, it highlights the variety of urban ecosystems, the richness of contemporary artistic production linked to the environment and its potential to attract attention and raise questions about the interactions between humans and nature in the city.
Works of art in public space and works of art-instructions as a bridge between worlds
More than just monuments or simple decorations, works of art in the public space have an enormous potential: to guide the eyes, to raise questions, to give rise to unsuspected ideas. Twelve installations – ranging from murals, to found object sculptures, to 30 works of art-instructions by thirty artists sensitive to environmental issues – will form an artistic journey highlighting newly-created works, ‘nature in the city’ projects, and a selection of existing public artworks.