Forschende im Gespräch

September, 8 - September, 9, 2023

Theoretically learning from each other. Practically painting together. In the context of rational exchange and practical art-making, art was a tool to transform dominant Western cultural assumptions (such as science is better than other knowledge, some cultures are superior to others, the individual is above the community, traditional top-down teaching, progress as the only goal, and humans are superior to everything else on earth), to reduce placing individuals or populations to the margins of society and to deconstruct power relations. The role of art is a tool for embodiment, diversity, collectivity, empowerment, process-oriented space, and nature connection.

At the 'Rendez-vous. Researchers in Conversation' event, PhD student Johanna Paschen applied precisely this and exchanged views on the topic of energy with students and other people from the interested community at one of the various conversation islands at Bern's Waisenhausplatz. Johanna is doing research on just practices in art and climate science projects in the EcoArtLab project to create innovative knowledge about the climate crisis and involve diverse disadvantaged people. The event was specifically discussing such collaborations in the context of the energy transition and its impact in the Global South.
Photos: Moritz Schmid (Copyright:Science et Cité)

The research project ‘EcoArtLab. Relational Encounters between the Arts and Climate Research’ is a project of the Institute Practices and Theories in the Arts (IPTK) at the Bern Academy of the Arts (HKB) in cooperation with the mLAB of the University of Bern, founded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF). Fotos Research & Team by Riikka Tauriainen