Examples to follow!

Expeditions in aesthetics and sustainability

Project description

What solutions can art provide us in the face of global challenges like climate change, the depletion of fossil fuels and the loss of biodiversity? The exhibition "Examples to follow!" focuses on the cultural and aesthetic dimension of sustainability. Like an expedition in aesthetics and sustainability, the curators venture out in search of creative objects and approaches which enhance the viability of our society. They emphasize practices which combine artistic methods with the experiences and activities of environmental organizations, and present artistic positions which address environmental issues, e.g. renewable sources of energy, climate change, recycling, upcycling and sustainable development. The exhibition is designed as a think-tank and workshop for artists, scientists, inventors and visitors. The participating artists have developed models, courses of action, inventions, prototypes and materials in which artistic and technical innovation merge. Visitors will have the chance to purchase shares of stock in the production and development of the inventions and prototypes.

The three-part publication (external link, opens in a new window) "Examples to follow!" is made up of a catalogue, a reader with artistic and scholarly and scientific contributions by artists, scientists and scholars, with essays, stories, examples, construction manuals, applications, shares, and a separable part especially for children.

Artistic director: Adrienne Goehler; Project coordination: Leonore Leonardy
Artists and inventors: Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla (US | CU), Néle Azevedo (BR), Richard Box (GB), Joseph Beuys (D), Ines Doujak (A), Adib Fricke (D), Galerie für Landschaftskunst (D), Studio Lukas Feireiss und Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today mit Luis Berríos-Negrón (D | PR | UK), Dionisio González (E), Tue Greenfort (DK), Hermann Josef Hack (D), Henrik Håkansson (S), Ilkka Halso (FIN), Cornelia Hesse-Honegger (CH), Folke Köbberling | Martin Kaltwasser (D), Christian Kuhtz (D), Christin Lahr (D), Antal Lakner (HU), Jae Rhim Lee (KR | US), Till Leeser (D), Marlen Liebau | Marc Lingk (D), Susanne Lorenz (D), Petra Maitz (A), Gordon Matta-Clark (US) (Adaption), Gerd Niemöller (D), Dan Peterman (US), Nana Petzet (D), Clement Price-Thomas (US), Dodi Reifenberg (IL | D), Gustavo Romano (AR), Miguel Rothschild (AR), Michael Saup (D), Ursula Schulz-Dornburg (D), Dina Shenhav (IL), David Smithson (US), Robert Smithson (US), Superflex (DK), Jakub Szczesny (PL), The Yes Men (US), Gudrun F. Widlok (D), Xing Danwen (CN), Zuhausekraftwerk (D), Zwischenbericht (D)

  • The project “ETF!” in Mumbai was coordinated by the Goethe-Institut India – Max Müller Bhavan in cooperation with the Federal Cultural Foundation. Additional sponsors: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Alnwick Harmstorf & Co.
  • “EFT!” in Addis Ababa was an event organised by the Goethe-Institut and the Heinrich Böll Foundation in cooperation with the Federal Cultural Foundation with support from the German embassy in Addis Ababa.
  • “ETF!” in Beijing was a project by the Goethe-Institut China, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the Federal Cultural Foundation, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and IBERIA Center for Contemporary Art in cooperation with the German embassy in Beijing.
  • “ETF!” in São Paulo was a project organised by the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Fundação Memorial da América Latina. Sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Brazil, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the KfW Bankengruppe, Agility, Lux Impuls GmbH, Dr. Schär AG and the Instituto Martius-Staden in São Paulo.
  • “ETF!” in Puebla was a project by the Goethe-Institut Mexico in cooperation with the Federal Cultural Foundation. Additional sponsors: Heinrich Böll Foundation in Mexico, VW Puebla and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Venues and schedule

  • Berlin - Uferhallen 09|03 - 10|10|10
  • Westwendischer Kunstverein Wendland 10|24|10-03|05|2011
  • Umweltbundesamt + Bauhaus Dessau 03|23-04|29|11
  • Neuer Kunstverein Pfaffenhofen a.d. Ilm, Stadt Neuburg an der Donau, Ingolstadt 05|14–06|13|11
  • Bremen: Wasserturm, Schwankhalle, Arbeitnehmerkammer 02.07. - 28.08.2011
  • Hamburg: Virginia Haus | Überseequartier | HafenCity 9 | 10 - 10 | 30 | 11
  • India | Mumbai: 4th | 11th February - 10th March 2012
  • Ethiopia | Addis Abeba: May 4th - May 24th 2012
  • Peking | Iberia Center of Contemporary Art: 05.08. - 14.09.2012
  • Brazil, Sao Paulo, Memorial da América Latina, Galeria Marta Traba: 22.02.203 - 07.04.2013
  • Mexico, Puebla, Capilla del Arte UDLAP: 18.10.2013 - 12.01.2014
  • Essen, Welterbe Zollverein - Areal A, Schacht XII, Halle 6: 18.07. - 04.09.2014


No upcoming events at present

Previous events

  • 18 July, 2014 : Exhibition

    Welterbe Zollverein - Areal A, Schacht XII


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