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Exhibition 2011

December 05, 2011–December 09, 2012
Climate Walk
An audio-visual interactive installation on the topic of "Climate–Culture–Change"

Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Plenary Hall and Visitors Bridge in the Passageway, open daily 10 a.m.–10 p.m., admission free

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Opening Event on December 04, 2011

The "Climate Walk", initiated and realized by ZKM | Karlsruhe and Akademie der Künste, Berlin, is an experimental environment project aiming to stimulate and critically discuss ecological thought and action. The start of the Climate Walk coincides with the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 17 in South Africa and forms a bridge between art and climate, is an invitation to walk towards change—beyond the disciplines of art and science.

The Climate Walk focuses on global crises such as climate change and requisite transformations of society in the sense of a viable long-term "culture of co-operation" or new positions that creatively research a responsible-minded art of life. On site or via the Internet worldwide, visitors can contribute questions and comments and thus immerse in the archives of knowledge and experience of most prominent partners to unearth and bring to the surface their correspondence. In order to do so, three interfaces resembling life-sized spinning tops are available on the Visitors Bridge. Passers-by are summoned or encouraged by these interactive, sculptural elements to take action, to literally engage in contact with these spinning top steles in the national languages offered (German, English, Spanish), asking them for a 'Q&A dance'.

If, however, the questions are asked via the Internet, the expected answers, which are marked with a timecode, can only be collected on site on the Bridge at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin. Thus, the analog and the digital worlds are linked in reality. The degree of participation determines the most recent level of the thus generated data, which is automatically added to the existing archives of knowledge so that subsequent visitors/users can benefit from the accumulating knowledge. The Climate Walk continues the tradition of discursive dialogical perambulations of an academy in the original sense, revives the question and answer game of scholarly dialogue while walking in a present-day format and gradually transforms positions in a multi-layered way into a self-reflexive, possibly also qualifying social network of its own order.

Ask a question on global warming: www.boxingclimate.org

Concept: Freddy Paul Grunert (ZKM) and Christian Schneegass (Akademie der Künste, Berlin)

"Climate Walk" is a joint project of ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and Akademie der Künste, Berlin — distinguished as "CECEL – Cultural Event" by the Council of Europe as well as a UNESCO project by the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The Cecel label is awarded every year by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe to a small number of exceptional and innovative cultural projects in Europe which convey strong messages related to the Council of Europe’s work and critical issues for European societies.

photo: Therese Kessler

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