slow session: Paludiculture & Art

09.03.2021, 20:00 – 22:00

Slow session grafic

This Session welcomes the RRR2021 participants to discover paludiculture from another perspective. The designer and artist Vreni Knödler and Lisa Marie Quester will join us - the winners from the paludiculture residency program 2020, a collaboration of the Greifswald Mire Centre and the BURG Giebichenstein University of Art & Design. Together we will search for intersections between the presentations of the conference and the works of the two artists. What can we learn and take away from each other? The SLOW session will function as a deliberate counter-design to the strictly timed scientific conference.

Organisation & Moderation: Susanne Abel (Greifswald Mire Centre), Prof. Dr. Sara Burkhardt (Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design), Prof. Aart van Bezooijen (Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Faculty of Design and Art), Michael Trepel (Kiel University)

Vreni Knödler

Vreni Knödler, Burg graduate in the field of communication design, is working as an independent graphic designer in Berlin:

Everything changes. The rate of change is growing. If we want to keep pace we have to speed up. Disconnecting from our daily routines gives freedom to look closely to what surrounds us, staying in nature allows us to reconnect with ourselves and our environments. The observations made during the 3 weeks Paludi residence are transferred into a digital exhibition space that gives its visitors the chance to slow down and experience the mire in a new way: appealing to reflection before conviction, promoting an interdisciplinary dialogue instead of monologues.

Lisa Marie Quester

Lisa Marie Quester has studied Textile Arts at Burg Giebichenstein, University of Art and Design Halle, and is fascinated by apparent trivialities, silence and relations:

Observing a mire contains a bunch of possibilities for an artistic research. The organism with its course of action: absorbing, receiving and conserving embodies fundamental conditions, which are about to disappear. The uptake and sequestration function is brutally degrading in peatlands. In the field of communication and human interaction lending-an-ear and «listening» is slowly disappearing. Transmitting is en vogue.

The artistic work of Lisa Marie Quester visualizes the threatened and rescued peatlands (=rewetted areas) in form of Shibori textiles - a Japanese manual resist dyeing technique. Additionally, inspired by philosophical thoughts of Byung-Chul Han and Andreas Weber.

Literature evening with Hans Joosten

10.03.2021, 20:00 – 22:00

Literature evening with Hans Joosten

Peatland expert and bibliophile Prof. Hans Joosten regularly present stories and facts around peatlands at public literature evenings in the Greifswald Peatland and Nature Conservation International Library (PeNCIL). For the conference he opens the doors of the library to the participants and invite you to listen about a strong woman, who laid the foundations of peatland research in the tropics under the most difficult conditions: Betje Polak - Queen of tropic peatlands.