Photo Exhibition “Fish in time”

Cologne, 26.09-01.10.2006

On the occasion of the 18. International Photokina in Cologne a project of Cultura21 took place from 26.09. till 01.10.2006 in the supplement-programme of the fair: the exhibition „Pescare nel tempo – fish in time “. The location of the event was the Ex-Refectory of the school of the Istituto Italo Svevo, Cologne , that is attended by German and Italian children.

Content of the project

  • a reportage with 15 b/w-pictures by the Italian photograph Davide Dutto about the traditional culture of fishing at the Sicilian coast. This kind of fishing is the same since centuries and very ecological. The traditional fishermen-culture is in danger, because of the expansion of industrial fishing;
  • an exhibition of 15 pictures by the German photographer Claus Dieter Geissler about the sea as garbage. Each object that floats on the seawater tells a story about a special age of development;
  • the two works created a tension between reportage and art. This tension underlined the ambivalent relationship between human beings and nature: on the one hand we could eat what the sea produced for many centuries; on the other hand the nature is an environment ‘out there’, out of the human system and its perceived controlled order, that we use for dumping what we don’t need anymore.
  • The opening-event was accompanied by lectures about the different contents of the exhibition: the traditional and local cultures; the ecological relationship between humans and sea; art in context (problems and potentials).
  • School-classes visited the exhibition. Pupils could discuss with the artists about their works and experiences.

The objectives of the project were

  • to mediate cultural and ecological contents through the „arts“. Rationality and emotions should be equally addressed;
  • to promote communication primarily through visual language and less through verbal language;
  • to bring the school in contact with other social groups (artists) and cultures (the traditional culture of fishermen in Sicily). To promote different creative learning processes in the school;
  • Laboratory-project for social-ecological Event management;
  • Public Relations for the artists and Cultura21.

By Sacha Kagan

Research Associate at the ISCO - Institute of Sociology and Cultural Organization (ISKO - Institut für Soziologie und Kulturorganisation), Leuphana University Lueneburg, Sacha Kagan founded the International level of Cultura21, Network for Cultures of Sustainability, as well as the International Summer School of Arts and Sciences for Sustainability in Social Transformation (ASSiST). The focus of his research and cultural work lies in the trans-disciplinary field of arts and (un-)sustainability. Doctor in Philosophy (Leuphana University Lueneburg) with a thesis on the subject of culture, the arts and sustainability under the perspective of complexity ; M.A. in Cultural Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam) ; and Graduate of Sciences Po Bordeaux (political sciences). For Cultura21, Sacha is also coordinating the eBooks series, the regular updates on our multi-lingual website, the English section of our webmagazine and the work of our Lueneburg-based interns.