"The Motion of Spring/48 plants"

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16.12 - 18.12.2012, 14:00-00:20

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From 17th to 18th of December (Monday-Tuesday) 2012 Dutch artists Rudy Luijters and Onno Dirker will realize in Kaliningrad an international art project titled “The Motion of Spring/48 plants”. The project consists of a lecture, a workshop and an exhibition that are united by the interest of the authors to the botany and historic and cultural heritage of the Kaliningrad Region.

The artists are turning to the method of phenological monitoring* that was firstly formulated and tested by Johannes Abromeit (1857-1946) and repeated in 1993-94 by the famous teacher and a researcher Galina Georgievna Kucheneva. The essence of the matter is to observe five stages of development of 48 plants in different parts of the region.

* Phenology is a system of knowledge about the seasonal phenomena of nature, the terms of their occurrence and the reasons for defining these terms. Artists use this method as a basis for interaction with the local community and for the study of local natural and cultural landscape in which they are planning various artistic interventions in museums and public spaces of Kaliningrad.

On Monday, December 17, 10:00 to 18:00 – a workshop, where everyone, both professional artists and amateurs together, can try to draw one of the 48 plants, which were observed with the enthusiasm by the environmentalists over the spring and even summer. Location: conference hall in the Kaliningrad junior center for the environmental, local history and tourism studies.
Lecture by Rudy Luijters about how the flora is represented in the works of artists. Starting with an excursus to the history of classical art of 17-20 century, the author will tell us how the vegetable and animal kingdoms became the foundation of the works of contemporary artists of the last century, and what practices Atelier Veldwerk uses today. Location: the lab of the Kaliningrad junior center for the environmental, local history and tourism studies. Botanicheskaja St. 2.

December 18 at 18.00 (Tuesday) - opening of the exhibition of works and project documentation created during the workshop. Location: the Kaliningrad junior center for the environmental, local history and tourism studies. Botanicheskaja St. 2.

Artists, environmentalists and everyone interested are invited to participate in the project. All the works produced during the workshop will become a part of the artists book and also a larger exhibition planned for 2013 in Kaliningrad.

Rudy Luijters and Onno Dirker.
Visual artists Rudy Luijters and Onno Dirker (Atelier Veldwerk) have been working together since 2003, implementing projects in the field of design for public spaces in the broad sense of that sphere. Description, analysis and reflection of the reality in a new context form the basis of their works. The keywords that you can use to describe their work are ‘conceptual art, art in public spaces, gardens, parks, cultural planning and development, landscape and urban design, cultural analysis, and social studies’.

The project is organized by the Baltic Branch of the National Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Partners: NGO “Ecodefense! – Women council” and Kaliningrad junior center for the environmental, local history and tourism studies.

Location of the workshop and the exhibition: Kaliningrad junior center for the environmental, local history and tourism studies (Kaliningrad, Botanicheskaja St. 2).

Additional information:”Over the cobble road: an interview with the artist Rudy Luijters and ‘The Motion of Spring’ project curator Yulia Bardoun (in Russian).

Registration for the workshop: Zina Shershun +7 952 798-34-94, zettzebb@gmail.com

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