Transdisciplinary Research with the ArtEcology Network in Oldenburg

The Leverage Points project centres around two transdisciplinary case studies – one in Transylvania, Romania, and one in the Oldenburg region of Germany.  In Oldenburg, Leverage Points researchers have been collaborating with artists from the ArtEcology network, around a (Bio) diversity corridor.

During the project (Bio) Diversitycorridor in Oldenburg County, fifteen cultural scientists and artists examine the connections between agriculture and cultural landscape, biological and cultural diversity, together with local actors and institutions as well as the municipal authorities of the Oldenburg county Participation in practices of sustainability.

The concept (Bio) Diversitycorridor in the district of Oldenburg is to be understood in the transcendent sense: as an imaginary, virtual space, which opens up various possibilities of perception and association. “Corridor” symbolizes a membrane, a space in the transition, a sluice or a room without a clear boundary. The emphasis is on the openings that result from it – into various adjoining landscaped areas; In cultural spaces with all their diversity of ways of life and economics.

The (Bio) Diversitycorridor, with artistic action and artistic means, takes on climate protection and the diversity of nature as a common task, i.e. its positive and also problematic effects as a theme.

With a variety of formats and participatory workshops, topics such as biodiversity, neophytes, self – sufficiency, renewable energies, climate change, scenic cultural heritage, ecological economic factors, agriculture, nutrition, environmental protection and their holistic contexts with the involvement of citizens are worked on Diverse stakeholders in the entire Oldenburg district.

The aim of artecology_network is to convey environmental issues through “environmental art”, to use professional and innovative artistic participation methods and to involve a broad public on the urging questions in workshops. In the project, questions of the region are to be answered in a practical manner and solutions are developed, which are practically experienced and tested within workshops with those concerned and can be pursued beyond the workshop.

The focus is explicitly on the transdisciplinary examination of other fields of professional and knowledge dealing with the diversity of culture and biodiversity and make valuable work in education for sustainable development