Finale – Berlin 2023
12/0/ – 16/07/2023
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday
12 am – 8 pm on days without dialog program
12 am – 10 pm on days with dialog program
TUE-WED-THU 6–6:30 pm Dance/music/speech rehearsal pieces as solo or duo
Uferhallen | Berlin 2023
An example to follow! ETF! expeditions¹ explorations in aesthetics and sustainability
¹ The exhibition started in 2010 with the title EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability. Sensitized through the civil discourse on the topic of colonilism, it became clear that ‘expeditions’ is a colonial concept. Therefore, instead of ‘expeditions’ we use ‘explorations’. The visibility of the change instead of deletion intends to make the thought process comprehensible.
Bringing the harvest and the questions home
Cornelia Hesse-Honegger, knowledge artist, vision researcher, present since the beginning of the exhibition, Berlin 2010 with her work Heteroptera – Images of a Mutating World
Excerpt from her speech at the opening of the finale of ZNE! on 11.05.23
»Ladies and Gentlemen,
»Examples to Follow!” began here in Berlin in 2010. The exhibition was conceived and designed when the environmental issue was not yet so hotly debated, but one could have already known what was coming if one had wanted to.
Adrienne Goehler created the exhibition and has carried it through for 13 years with all her strength and skill. Now that the exhibition is coming to an end, what she wanted, namely a virulent environmental discussion, has become reality. Adrienne has sought and found artists who are also concerned about the environment and our society and has thus set an example and created awareness among thousands of people on all continents. I thank you very much for that.
EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! ETF! will end at the very place where it started 13 years ago.
Between 2010 and today there lie many thousands of nautical miles and land kilometers of distances, four continents, many anxious hours in ports waiting because of corrupt customs clearance and late arrivals of ships. The 40-foot container has always been the unit of measurement and transport for the entire 13 years, paying attention to a reasonably acceptable ecological footprint from the start. ETF! has become a pioneer of an alternative artistic practice in terms of size, internationality, abundance of artistic approaches. At each new exhibition location we have integrated the respective artistic, scientific and environmental activist competencies, which means that the presentation is constantly changing and condensing. On the travel we showed the works of a total of 128 artists from 27 nations, currently there are still 70 works; 40 of them have been there from the beginning, others have been added in the respective countries and cities to which our explorations have led us. ETF! has made guest appearances in the capitals of Ethiopia, Peru and China, in Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Puebla, Haifa and Jerusalem. 225,000 visitors saw the exhibitions, for which we worked together with 19 project partners at 29 exhibition venues.
So on this last – analogue – station we want to sum up, deepen and discuss what we have experienced and learned so far, what of it is recommended for imitation! is and remains. In this critical and reflective view, we are accompanied by impulses and the questions of the artists and collectives, the ETF! turn off. The works of art currently address a wide range of topics: climate change, biodiversity, plastic pollution, renewable energies, fossil energies and nuclear energy, access to water, rare earths, overexploitation of and sealing of surfaces, sustainable consumption, also old cultural techniques such as the extraction of terra preta, water filtering, recycling and upcycling. In doing so, they sharpen the focus on flight, expulsion, hunger, debt (reduction) and democratization.
Installation Néle Azevedo at the opening of ZNE! Berlin 2023
Venue – Uferhallen Berlin
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ETF!’s dialogue between art and sustainability is based on American conceptual art and land art of the 1960s and their pioneers such as Robert Smithson with the legendary Spiral Jetty, on Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1972 performance Oxygen Bicycle | Fresh Air Cart against Smog, the year of the Club of Rome’s first report. Another reference of course is the landscape-art-city-work by Joseph Beuys 7000 Eichen – Stadtverwaldung statt Stadtverwaltung. (7000 oaks – forestation of the city instead of city administration).
The climate crisis is a cultural crisis and thus also one of imagination
Only when people are in a position to use their own creative potentials, which can be enhanced by an artistic imagination, will a change occur [….] Art can and should strive for an alternative that is not only aesthetically affirmative and productive but is also beneficial to all forms of life on our planet.
A Manifesto for the Twenty-First Century – Rasheed Araeen, Ecoaesthetics.