Arcadia

Aline Schwörer & Oliver Wellmann

Curated by Anna Ratcliffe

31.05 – 20.06.24

 

Opening: 30.05, 19:00 – 22:00

 

What Arcadia is, has more than one answer. Arcadia is associated with wilderness and living in harmony with nature. While being otherworldly, the name derives from a part of Greece of great idyllic beauty. In Antiquity, it entered mythology to refer to the domain of the god Pan, who was half-man, half-goat. At times, Arcadia is seen as a vision of Utopia. But it differs from this tradition because, while progressive utopian ideals persist, Arcadia is always a lost paradise.

 

During the Renaissance, Arcadia became a symbol of pastoral simplicity: having a symbiotic relationship with nature, often epitomised in the role of the shepherd. It is a theme taken up by many artists and poets drawn to the romantic idea of living rustically. 

 

What can Arcadia mean today? An emptiness dwells within us: the result of living overly busy, civilised lives, safe in our homes and offices. We forget we are part of a larger community, the natural world. The more nature dies out and the environment is destroyed, the more we long for the way things used to be. 

 

The exhibition and events revive folk traditions, disseminate past knowledge, and create opportunities to interact with nature in an increasingly urbanised world. Schwörer explores the interaction between humans, the environment and time, thinking of Arcadia as an otherworldly utopia. Wellmann focuses on the pastoral image of Arcadia, revolving around rural landscapes, harvest rituals and spiritual empowerment.

 

Sunday 9.06, 14:00 – Collecting and Archiving Clay Workshop 

with Aline Schwörer (€12 materials fee, sign up at: info@annaratcliffe.com)

 

Aline Schwörer’s hands-on workshop focuses on the preservation and archiving of nature. After an introductory talk on the subject area and her artistic practice, there will be an opportunity to collect specimens on a walk in the surrounding area. 

 

Often acting as time capsules, Schwörer’s work demonstrates the need to convey information about the natural world and secure it for future generations. At the project space, participants are encouraged to experiment with pressing the artefacts with clay to create miniature works of art.

 

Thursday 20.06, 18:00 – Summer Solstice Feast 

with food installation by Melina Matzanke and artists’ talk

 

June 20, 2024, is the longest day of the year. The summer solstice is a historic day for the appreciation of nature. The festival originates from the pagan tradition of welcoming the summer and driving away evil spirits to ensure a successful harvest. 

 

On this day, the event honours this ancient festival with a talk by the artists and a subsequent feast. The feast will take the form of an edible food installation by Melina Matzanke, who creates opulent table spreads of fermented food, baked breads, and infused butters. Using food as a medium, Matzanke invites conversation about the creation of art as a social practice. She connects us to a specific moment by sharing food, time, culture and memories.

 

Artists:

Aline Schwörer: www.aline-schwoerer.com Instagram: @aline_schwoerer

Oliver Wellmann: Instagram: @sapphosmatrix

 

Curator: 

Anna Ratcliffe: Instagram: @anna_ratcliffe_

 

Food installation artist: 

Melina Matzanke: Instagram: @mel.matzanke

 

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